Yes! MG Accelerators only require a commitment of about 5 hours/week and are conducted entirely online, so they were never designed to be the primary focus for anyone. If you're feeling confident that your existing internship is the right match for post-grad, then there may not be much value in participating in an Accelerator. However, if you're still considering alternatives, our Accelerator can serve as valuable way to expand your exposure to a new industry, company, or business unit during your free time without sacrificing your dedication to your full-time role. The upside is that by the end of the summer, you might find yourself weighing two offers instead of one.
Historically, we've accepted about 15% of applicants. This number fluctuates slightly for each industry and cycle, but we work to balance selectivity with accessibility. Our goal is to take on as many motivated students as we possibly can.
We estimate that the entire application (the entire Activation Checklist in your account page) will take about 50 minutes to complete. Please keep in mind you can do it all in one sitting, or you can choose to take a break and return to wherever you left off at a later time.
Video submissions are becoming increasingly common as a job application tool. It's important to us that we give all applicants a holistic review as opposed to relying purely on traditional GPA or written responses. The videos help us to evaluate our applicants in a more meaningful way, and gives students an opportunity to showcase how they think and who they are.
Our team of coaches comes from a wide array of professional and academic backgrounds. Once an Accelerator class is finalized, we review each participant's story and match them with the coach who is most likely to help them thrive over the course of the Accelerator.
We recognize that many underclassmen don't yet have any solid experience or grounding in our current industry offerings (consulting and finance). All we expect is that, if you apply, you have a genuine curiosity about these industries and are excited about the possibility of expanding your horizons. We strongly believe that all of our graduates emerge from the 4-week program feeling far more confident in their career directions.
As a courtesy to other applicants, however, we do ask that you do not apply if you are certain these industries aren't for you.
In the past, ModernGuild has offered a wider array of Accelerator programs. However, we have chosen to double-down on these two industries for now to ensure we're delivering the best possible experience for students and surpassing the expectations of our current company partners. In the future, we certainly hope to introduce more tracks.
What you learn depends largely on the particular Accelerator you apply for. For more details surrounding the specific skills for each track, please visit the respective industry page through the "Explore Our Tracks" section of the homepage.
In general, all of our programs place an emphasis on fortifying your professional skills (networking, pitching, interviewing, personal branding) as well as expanding your confidence and deepening your knowledge of your industry of choice.
The Priority Deadline for Summer 2018 Accelerators is February 8, 2018 and the Final Deadline is March 1, 2018. By completing your application before the Priority Deadline, you will not only receive a prioritized review for Summer 2018 Accelerators, but you will also become eligible for consideration in several Boot Camps hosted by our Company Partners in April. As with our Accelerators, all Boot Camp offer decisions will be made by our partners, not ModernGuild.
Sponsorship announcements will begin on April 15, and all Accelerators will run between May and July. Keep in mind, we've designed our summer programming so that it can work flexibly around any other responsibilities you may have. You are only expected to commit around 5 hours/week to ModernGuild, which means you're welcome to participate on top of another internship or job.
Yes. Each Company Partner has its own requirements, which are always subject to change, but several of our partners have some opportunities for international students. We have successfully worked with dozens of international students in the past.
Unfortunately, given that our company partners have the final say in hiring decisions, we cannot guarantee a job offer upon completion of an Accelerator. However, our partner companies recruit heavily from our program participants and all graduates are guaranteed an interview - either during a Summer Superday or on campus. To date, we've been able to place upwards of 85% of ModernGuild graduates.
All students who successfully complete an application are considered members. This grants you access to our Knowledge Center, which contains a repository of our recorded webinars, videos from around the web that inspire us, professional tips, and first access to all of our upcoming events and workshops.
Every other week, we host virtual info-sessions. We invite you to join our next one here. We're also always available to answer any questions, or schedule a private time to speak, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absolutely. During your application, you will be asked to rank all of our company partners by preference. If more than 1 company expresses interest in sponsoring you through the Accelerator, we will reference your ranking and, where applicable, give you the option of choosing. It's important to us that you're matched with a company that excites you.
There is no catch! For real. By partnering with leading companies within the industries we currently serve (consulting and finance), we're able to offer our training Accelerators at no cost whatsoever to the student. Believe it or not, it's very expensive (and time-intensive) for a company to recruit on college campuses, and as a result, any large company will only realistically target 10-20 schools. By reducing the average cost-per-hire and expanding reach, we're able to guarantee full scholarship for any student accepted into the program.
At no point, and under no circumstance, is there a charge to the student. We pride ourselves on remaining accessible to students of all backgrounds, so we will never compromise on this point.
We are always looking to diversify and expand our portfolio of company partners. From our perspective, the more companies who work with us, the more opportunity we have to help students. Currently, we're excited to be partnered with Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Kalypso, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, and PWC.
Stay tuned as we will be announcing several more in the weeks to come!
You can think of ModernGuild as a highway to your dream job, equipping you with the industry knowledge, mentorship and professional skills you need to succeed on Day 1. Beyond the career booster, all successful graduates also enjoy an accelerated recruitment process in which they receive guaranteed interviews with our company sponsors. Through our program, you will not only have an increased chance of getting a job, but you will also emerge feeling confident and knowledgeable about your chosen industry and your prospects.
Check out what graduates have to say about ModernGuild here.
The application consists of 3 major steps: Common App, Resume, Industry App(s). The first captures your basic professional/academic/personal history as well as your general industry preferences. The second is straightforward – just upload your resume! And the third, depending on which industry you've indicated an interest in, captures your motivation and existing knowledge of that space. This is done through a combination of ranking questions, short answer responses and recorded videos. Keep in mind that the short answer and video sections are simply an opportunity for you to showcase your experiences and tell us why you are a good fit for ModernGuild, please don't be intimidated by them.
To get started, please create an account through our website. You will be guided through the process from there!
Nope, you are not obligated to accept an internship or job offer. However, given the demand for any given Accelerator, we do hope that you will only enroll if you have a sincere interest in working with the sponsoring company. In order to keep things fair, we also ask that all enrolled students abstain from accepting any other job offers until 1 month after the program's completion.
Eligibility for our programs depends on the talent needs of our Company Partners for each recruiting cycle. For Summer 2018 Accelerators, we are looking for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, with a special emphasis on individuals of diverse backgrounds (e.g. women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, LGBTQ, first-generation). However, we ensure inclusiveness in everything we do and encourage any motivated candidate to apply.
Please reach out if you have any further questions.
Don't worry! Many students are unsure which track is best, especially if they haven't yet had any first-hand experience. We recommend attending as many of our upcoming workshops as you can (accessible through the "Learn" tab on your account page). If you're still ambivalent, feel free to email us and we'll help you think through the options. You are also more than welcome to apply for both Accelerators, but just remember that you will only be allowed to enroll in one.