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Forum Details


Forum Dates

May 19-22, 2020, Tuesday to Friday (Duke University in Durham, NC)

Deadline to Apply – March 1, 2020


August 11-14, 2020, Tuesday to Friday (Univ. of Chicago in Chicago, IL)

Rolling monthly deadlines and admission decisions from January to April, 2020.

Corporate Partners

Finance workshops will be led by representatives from Aetna, Alliance Bernstein, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Cornerstone Research, Deutsche Bank, Evercore, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Wellington.

Consulting workshops will be led by representatives from Bain, BCG, Deloitte, McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, and West Monroe.

Attendee Audience

The diversity forum audience is undergraduate students (incoming freshmen, rising sophomores, rising juniors, and rising seniors) from top academic institutions across the United States. Diversity forum participants are diverse individuals based on ethnicity, gender, Lgbtq, and veteran or military status. We typically host 125-200 attendees at our private ‘invite-only’ diversity forums.

Career Track Approach

At the undergraduate stage, our approach is to expose candidates to various career opportunities. Incoming freshman and rising sophomores are required to participate in the entire financial services and management consulting forum. Rising juniors and rising seniors will have the option to participate in the financial services, management consulting, or both career tracks.

Application Approach

Separate from becoming a member of the JumpStart Network, some opportunities are structured by “invitation only”. Our diversity forums are an example of that, so candidates seeking admission must complete an application by a specific deadline. The application process can take less than 30 minutes for applicants to establish a profile and provide context your career aspiration.

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Click here to apply now for August Forum

Resume Guidance

A current resume is required as part of completed application. Given our review and decision process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply now with the understanding that there is an opportunity to submit one edited version prior to all final decisions being made. Admitted candidates will have the opportunity to upload your most current resume to our event registration site.

Academic Supportive Details Required

A completed application to JumpStart includes an academic profile specific to undergraduate and graduate information as applicable. Additionally, applicants may need to provide pre-college (i.e. SAT, ACT) or pre-graduate (i.e. GMAT, GRE) test scores. Additionally, we will need proof of current or future matriculation at your academic institution.

Admissions Approach

The number of admitted candidates to our forums will vary, but there is fixed capacity ranging from 125-200 attendees. Our committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and decisions are communicated on a rolling basis as well. Decisions include some applicants being directly admitted, put on the waitlist, or denied admission.

Confirmed Registration

There is a time sensitive approach for admitted candidates to confirm participation and formally register. As context, there is a non-refundable $50 fee to participate in our Diversity Forum and Webinar Series. Registration fees are waived on a case-by-case basis as needed based on need. Additionally, you will need to provide an updated resume, confirmation of travel details, and other items at by various milestone deadlines.


To best prepare you for the diversity forum, we have several webinars hosted by JumpStart with our alumni and with corporate partners. Webinars are invite-only to those who complete an application to our forum.

Forum Approach and Schedule

What: Attendees gain hands on experience to understand the industry, function, the job, career progression, recruiting process, and how to get the job.

When: Typically our forums are 2-4 day boot camp experiences providing focused time covering strategic topics in an engaging way at a time that makes sense for everyone.

Who: Business professionals such as senior executives, mid-level managers, recent hires and recruiting professionals engage with our attendees during the forum.

How: Attendees and partners jump into interactive case studies, mock interviews, workshops, 1:1s, keynote addresses, and receptions.

The final schedule will be published for attendees closer to the date of the forum.

Interview Guidance

As part of our diversity forums, our partners and candidates have the opportunity for 1:1 interactions. As directed and decided by or partners, these experiences are a mix of informational chats (15-30 minutes) or formal interviews (30-90 minutes). This process is limited to candidates who have been admitted and attend the diversity forum. Additional details are provided to those individuals at a future date (either prior to the forum and in some cases after the forum has started).

Travel, Lodging & Location Venue

Although JumpStart is providing details about the forum, the responsibility and decisions to secure and pay for all travel to/from the host city and host venue. There are many local transportation options once you arrive in the host city.

There will be a host hotel for the JumpStart forum and will cover lodging expenses for underclassmen (incoming freshmen, rising sophomores). Lodging for rising juniors and rising seniors is on an as need basis of which JumpStart may provide support or attendees will secure their own lodging.

Location Details

May 19-22, 2020, Tuesday to Friday (Duke University in Durham, NC)
August 11-14, 2020, Tuesday to Friday (Univ. of Chicago in Chicago, IL)

Lodging Options

In hosting forums since 2004, a central host location has worked well for attendees. For JumpStart covered lodging, participants will be paired with a roommate who is another attendee of the same gender. Each participant will need to provide identification and potentially a method of payment for incidental expenses at check-in.

In response to feedback from previous upper classmen (rising juniors and rising seniors) forum attendees, we have adjusted our process to provide a courtesy block at the host hotel and for JumpStart to provide financial support on an as needed basis. This allows attendees the flexibility to secure lodging with our host hotel as part of your travel approach and working around your internship schedule before our deadline.


All meals specific to functions hosted by JumpStart on the agenda will be provided as part of the forum.

Emergency Contact

In the event you need to contact us, you can send an email to info@mbajumpstart.com or leave a voicemail at 1 (877) 622-5867.