Washington and Lee Student Consulting (WLSC) is a student organization created to provide pro bono consulting services to businesses and not-for-profit community organizations.
The co-curricular program is housed in the Williams School but is open to all students, regardless of major. Recruitment takes place in September.
Consulting is a broad term. Consultants provide their professional opinion and advice to clients in exchange for a fee. Clients appreciate working with consultants because there is value in soliciting the carefully researched opinions of people who work outside the organization and can provide a 30,000-foot view.
Often, consultants will focus on financial consulting, management consulting, human resource consulting, public relations consulting or any number of other sub-specialties. Washington and Lee Student Consulting tries to remain purposely broad so that its members get a wide range of professional experiences.
Students break up into small groups to work on projects for clients that have been referred by faculty and staff, community members, or alumni. A project will usually last for one term though it is possible for some projects to stretch across multiple terms.
Past projects have required teams to produce everything from marketing plans and social media strategies to human resources audits and community surveys. Students have implemented new accounting software systems, conducted economic assessments, written strategic plans and developed websites.
The range of work students produce makes them especially marketable as they look for internships and jobs in the consulting industry. Graduates of the program have gone on to launch successful consulting careers with leading firms such as Bain & Co., the Boston Consulting Group, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.