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Waving signs in protest or standing on the side of a road with a bucket collecting money are not the only ways to make a difference. A better way to make a difference is to improve the effectiveness of worthwhile organizations! Improved effectiveness means donations go further and more people can be helped both now and in the future.
Most internships and part-time work is boring, tedious, unrewarding, and not challenging. 180 Degrees is different. We give you the opportunity to get experience that employers value. You will be working on real projects with real clients and will be able to exercise real leadership!
180 Degrees has worked with leading top-tier consulting firms to develop our own tailored consulting methodology and consulting training program. You will receive professional consulting training from 180 Degrees, often in conjunction with representatives from McKinsey, BCG, Bain, or other professional services firms.
You will develop numerous transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, oral and written communication, creative thinking, client management, and cross-cultural communication.
You will experience first hand the fantastic work that many organizations are doing.
What better way to learn about consulting and decide if you want to pursue a career in consulting than to experience it first-hand!
Few things are more rewarding than working in a team to develop solutions to difficult problems.
Because work is more fun when it doesn’t feel like work.
“I do not think there is a better value-for-time volunteering experience than being a 180 Degrees Consultant. It hits multiple birds with one stone – work experience, making a difference, and professional training. Why do these things separately when you can do them simultaneously?” – Nat Ware (Founder & CEO)
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There are currently 81 branches of 180 Degrees Consulting around the world:
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"Joining 180 Degrees Consulting was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has not only given me the opportunity to give back to society while doing something I love but has also challenged me to grow as a person. I have met the most amazing and inspiring people."
"180 Degrees is one of the few organizations that is legitimately thoughtful and novel. It is a great opportunity for students to get practical experience that is manageable alongside full-time study.”
"Working for 180DC allowed me to put theory into practice, gain real-life consulting experience, and enhance our clients' social impact. I had the chance to work within a very international environment, together with ambitious colleagues. I could not have asked for more!"
"180 Degrees Consulting was essential in helping me secure a management consulting position at one of the top-tier consulting firms. I gained the ability to approach any problem through a logical and step-by-step framework and communicate the results in an effective manner."
"180’s esteemed reputation lies in the talent that runs within the organization, giving it that unique ability to enact sustainable change."
"It’s amazing to see the impact we generate for our clients. At all levels of the organization – from the board to the consulting teams – students love the work and are driven to support each other along all steps of the process. Working in cooperation with other brilliant individuals, generating solutions together, and then watching as those recommendations are implemented to impact greater society, is an infectious and rewarding process!"
"180 has been truly great experience – being challenged by diverse situations, learning and growing by hands-on experience, but also being in a like-minded community. I have not just learnt a lot on a personal and professional level, but also I have got to know many incredible people."
"180 Degrees means difference to me, a group of young students who, in their own small way, are trying to do something good, to make a difference."
"180 Degrees has helped me develop my ability to work effectively in teams. Working in teams in a classroom setting is quite different from the set of pressures you face working for a real client. Ultimately, trying to accommodate the needs of a growing non profit has been an outstanding learning experience."
The Global Leadership Team is the body that leads and manages the work of 180 Degrees Consulting around the world.
This includes supporting existing 180 Degrees branches, helping new branches to get established, facilitating collaboration between branches, ensuring consulting quality control, measuring the social impact of 180 Degrees worldwide, and making crucial strategic decisions about the future of the organization.
If you want to help expand the social impact of 180 Degrees around the world, we encourage you to apply to join the Global Leadership Team.
180 Degrees is a highly ambitious organization. We want to grow so that we can help more non-profits and social enterprises to achieve their full potential, and so we can train more university students to become great social impact leaders! There is a massive need for the services that 180 Degrees provides.
We want you to help us expand our impact! If you are based at a university where there is not currently a 180 Degrees branch, we encourage you to consider applying to start a branch. We’re looking for talented, entrepreneurial, hard-working and committed people with the right motivation!
Starting a branch is a very competitive process as we want to maintain high quality. We want to ensure all branch founders are exceptionally talented, very committed, and have the right motivation. Less than 15% of applications to start a 180 Degrees branch are ultimately approved. For those considering applying, it is important to know that while starting a branch is exceptionally rewarding it is also a significant time commitment. We expect at least 10-15 hours per week dedicated to 180 Degrees. The good news is that if you are approved to start a branch, we’ll support you every step of the way. You will have access to our extensive consulting and marketing resources, be trained in our proven processes, have access to IT support, get advice on how to best run a branch, be invited to our leadership summits, and be able to use our custom built consulting management platform that we call Compass. You will also be a part of the exciting, innovative and growing 180 Degrees global community.
The first step in the process is to express interest by filling in the following form. If we are impressed by your application, we will then be in contact with you regarding next steps. This typically includes an in-person or online interview.
(Please note that we will not be accepting any applications to start new branches in North or South America until September 2016.)
180 Degrees branch leaders gather in Chicago to meet each other, share best practices, and plan for the year ahead!
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180 Degrees Consulting is thrilled to announce our inaugural Impact Fellow program. In this program, we plan to embed a group of 15 consultants into top social enterprises and nonprofits in a developing country for one week. Over the course of the program, Impact Fellows will have the extraordinary opportunity to interact with in-country social sector leaders, and work with them to scale their operations and tackle real-world impact challenges. Our vision is to serve as a force multiplier for impact in the developing world.
180 Degrees Consulting has reserved 15 slots for current members of our organization, and will be seeking students from all branches in every region. The Impact Fellow program will also serve as an opportunity to form lifelong bonds with the best consultants in our organization, and an opportunity to network with other students passionate about the social sector. Moreover, we have reserved 5 slots for current management consultants – the trip will also serve as an opportunity to work alongside young professionals from McKinsey, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and more.
The Impact Fellow 2016 program will take place in Lima, Peru, and will be held from August 6-14, 2016. The program will be facilitated by our partner organization Emzingo, a leadership development company with experience in coordinating international experiences.
Impact Fellows will be working closely with three Peruvian clients in Lima. These include X-Runner, Puriy, and YAQUA. X-Runner is a social enterprise that provides a lasting sanitation solution to low-income, urban households in Peru – they are seeking assistance in developing a marketing and content strategy plan. Puriy is a social enterprise that trains Peruvian women who are victims of domestic violence to produce goods that can be sold for profit – they are seeking assistance on financial analysis, sales strategy, and product mix research. YAQUA is a social enterprise that sells bottled water and funnels 100% of profits to fund water infrastructure projects – they are seeking assistance on marketing and communications strategy to help rebrand their product as Peru’s “100% Solidarity Brand”. Impact Fellows will be split into three teams – each team will work closely with one organization. We will have the opportunity to engage with clients well in advance of the trip. For more information, please refer to our project slide deck.
In addition to working with our Peruvian clients, we will also be hosting several workshops on the Peruvian social sector. These include a workshop on the Peruvian microfinance ecosystem, a workshop on the Peruvian informal economy, a workshop on community and youth work in Peru, and a workshop on impact investing.
Beyond the educational aspects of the Impact Fellow program, we will also be taking a weekend to explore the city of Cusco as well as Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was voted as one of the New Wonders of the World.
To take a deeper look at our current itinerary, please see below for the approved schedule.
The full cost of the Impact Fellow 2016 program is $2100. This includes all food and lodging costs in-country, as well as in-country travel to Cusco and Machu Picchu. The $2100 fee does not cover flights to and from Lima, Peru. A 25% deposit for students and professionals admitted to the program is due on May 23, 2016. The full program fee is due on June 20, 2016.
Interested in applying for one of the 15 student slots or 5 professional slots for Impact Fellow 2016? Please apply by the 2nd of May 2016 by clicking the button below.
Our selection timeline for applications, acceptances, and deposits can be found below.
April 13 – Application Opens
April 20 – Webinar at 5pm GMT
May 2 – Applications Close
May 9 – Application Decisions Sent
May 23 – Acceptance Deadline – 25% Deposit Due
June 20 – Financial Deadline – 100% Deposit Due