Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for Fall, 2018?

Please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15. Interviews will begin the following week.

Can I apply if I do not have consulting experience?

Yes. The short answer is your school, major and year will not limit you during the application process. The long answer is that we strive for diversity of majors and backgrounds. At EmpowerED, we treat consulting as a creative process in addition to a strategic process. We recognise that everyone has something to offer, so if we can successfully bring together a range of perspectives, we can create better and more innovative solutions for our partners.

Can I apply if I am a graduate student?

Yes. All students are welcome.

What is it like to work on a project?

Every project starts with a perceived problem or opportunity. As consultants, it is our job to recognize the potential for an organization to be different. Over the course of a semester, the team’s role is to see where an opportunity may actually exist and subsequently build a strategy to capture it. Teams brainstorm, research, and test potential solutions that they will recommend or create for the partnering nonprofit. Consulting isn't for everyone, but if you're a problem solver or creative thinker, working on consulting projects could be incredibly rewarding.

What does the application process consist of?

There will be two stages: a written application and an interview. Both the written application and the interview will ultimately be considered. Note that there will not be a "case interview".

How can I make my application stand out?

EmpowerED is looking for students who enjoy working in teams and are passionate about making a difference in the field of education. Don’t be afraid to make your application a personal statement. Show us what motivates you and why you believe your perspective can contribute to a challenging team project.


Can I apply to be a project manager?

The consultant application contains a section where you can express interest in applying for project manager. You will be interviewed for both the consultant and project manager positions.


Can I apply to join the Executive Board?

Let us know about your interest in joining the E-Board in your consultant application and we’ll talk about it in the interview.




If you have any further questions, please email our Recruitment Director Yang Fu at