The Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics
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. Our clients have included local, national, and international non-profit and for-profit businesses.
The co-curricular program is housed in the Williams School but is open to all students, regardless of major. Recruitment takes place in late-September to mid-October and is open to first-years and sophomores.
Often, student 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 derived from the field of consulting.
During the year, 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, while rare, it is possible for some projects to stretch across two or more terms. Students meet on weekly basis to develop professional skills, listen to guest speakers, and present and provide feedback on each individual project.
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. In sum, each project is different and students gain a wide variety of valuable experiences from their time in the organization.
The range of work students produce makes them especially marketable as they look for internships and jobs in the consulting industry as well as many other different industries. Graduates of the program have gone on to launch successful careers with leading firms such as Bain & Co., the Boston Consulting Group, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others.