Claire Perry (’14), Ananya Mukkavilli (’14),
and Leslie Tjing (’15) for today’s blog!
‘Consulting’ has undoubtedly become a buzzword in the 21st century – particularly amongst ambitious undergrads seeking job opportunities that will give them excellent exposure to many different sectors. The industry is enormous and can range from anything to brand, development, economic, management, or strategic consulting as just a few examples.
180 Degrees Consulting, a student-led bi-college group that is part of an international network, seeks to give Haverford students an opportunity to gain some consulting exposure at local non-profits. 180 particularly works in the development sector and helps students acquire some of the practical skills required by typical consulting roles while learning about the challenges faced by area non-profits.
The Haverford Chapter of 180 started officially in 2013 and is currently equipped with a 6-member executive team and 8 consultants. We are just finishing our first two projects working with PHENND. One project evaluates their annual report and makes proposals to leverage this communication more effectively. The other is a market analysis and subsequent recommendations for a data-management platform to help PHENND better manage their connections and measure program impact. We are currently developing new partnerships and projects for the coming academic year so we can hit the ground running in the fall.
Our official mission is to help organizations generate greater social impact through pro-bono consulting efforts for non-profits that are non-discriminatory in their social efforts. Beyond our primary goal, however, we hope that this club can provide students pursuing a career in these different areas of consulting with greater industry knowledge and interview preparation. We also seek to help individuals interested in non-profit management gain greater hands-on experience with the strategic issues facing Philadelphia organizations.
As our roster of consultants and members will grow over the next years, our cumulative experience and capabilities will expand to cover a diverse range of projects. Some of our core capabilities currently include: market research, financial analysis, grant writing, competitive analyses, and much more. Our membership diversity in experience and interests provides us with a dynamic set of consultants that can approach each project from a variety of perspectives.
Haverford and Bryn Mawr students interested in joining our team in the fall should visit our table at the Activities Fair or attend one of our information sessions to learn about how to apply!