Why Join CCoD?
CCoD is the only student organization at Darden that enables students to work on high-impact consulting engagements with local businesses and non-profit organizations. CCoD provides First Year Consultants with an invaluable experiential learning opportunity to apply concepts garnered in class to solve challenging business issues in the local community.
- Gain practical consulting experience
- Make a difference in the Charlottesville community
- Learn about the non-profit and small business sectors
- Interact with Second Years and network with CCoD alumni
- Apply concepts learned in the FY curriculum
FY Consultant Description
As a First Year Consultant, you will be responsible for delivering results to CCoD clients. In teams of five to six people led by a Second Year Partner, you will play an active role in all aspects of CCoD consulting engagements, from scoping the project to gathering and analyzing data and delivering recommendations.
- Conducting client interviews to assess client needs
- Defining the scope of the engagement
- Forming hypotheses to address the business challenge
- Gathering and analyzing data to test hypotheses
- Developing strategic and tactical recommendations for implementation
- Presenting findings to the client
Application Process & Selection Criteria
Applications for First Year Consultants are typically due by the end of September. This provides First Years with ample time to adjust to life at Darden, explore other student organizations, and determine if CCoD is a good fit. Applications consist of background information and written essays.
CCoD does not require any specific work experience from applicants (prior consulting experience is not required). CCoD seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and the following attributes:
- Commitment towards CCoD’s mission
- Self-starter; highly organized
- Team Player
“I joined CCoD in order to apply what I’d been learning at Darden towards solving a problem for a local organization. The experience of working with a team of classmates, led by a SY manager, was an invaluable part of the learning process during my first year. I also believe the community goals of CCoD are well-aligned with the focus on community that Darden promotes as a core feature of the school.”
Travis Dezendorf, Darden Class of 2016
“The best part of CCOD was watching our client’s management team put our recommendations into action. It’s not another thought exercise: it’s real work, with real meaning, that drives real results for real people. I enjoyed it work so much that I stayed on to work on a follow-up project over the summer.”
Chip Seney, Darden Class of 2016
“CCoD was perhaps the most valuable experience for me at Darden. Getting outside academia and simulated business projects, I was able to apply the tools I was learning at Darden in real time for local businesses. Serving as a First Year Team Manager, I received legitimate leadership experience, improving my abilities to delegate, to organize and to gain stakeholder confidence.”
Matthew Weiss, Darden Class of 2011
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