Mastercard Is Recruiting : Associate Consultant Intern, Summer 2024 – Johannesburg, South Africa

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Associate Consultant Intern, Summer 2024 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Associate Consultant Intern 2024 Summer Internship Program, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Data & Services team is a key differentiator for Mastercard, providing cutting-edge services that help our clients grow. Focused on thinking big and scaling fast around the globe, this agile team is responsible for end-to-end solutions for a diverse global client base. We combine traditional management consulting with our rich data assets and in-house technology to provide our clients with powerful strategic insights and recommendations.

Make an Impact as an Associate Consultant Intern

As an Associate Consultant Intern, you will collaborate with exceptional colleagues to help some of the world’s biggest brands answer their most challenging strategic questions. Working with technology and data, you will gain broad exposure to a range of industries, including financial services, retail, restaurants, hospitality and more.

As an Associate Consultant Intern, you will:

•  Work on small teams to solve our clients’ most challenging strategic problems

•  Participate in volunteer and team building experiences

•  Exposure to our leadership team through networking sessions and speaker series

•  Begin to build relationships with clients to understand their business needs, seek strategic solutions and guide impactful decisions

• Grow by receiving hands-on mentorship from an experienced management team.

• Have an opportunity for meaningful contributions

• Collaborate with colleagues across different areas of the organization and gain exposure to business development, account management, and product management

We are looking for passionate and talented professionals, who share our vision for helping our clients with their most urgent business need. We are recruiting for the below track:

Strategy & Transformation:

Lead clients through sound decision making as they tackle strategic, tactical, operational, and transformational challenges, spanning across diverse topics including product, marketing, loyalty, innovation, and more. Apply a broad set of problem-solving techniques to improve overall performance and operations. 

Sampling of questions we help our clients answer:

– How can a global financial services institution be successful at entering a hyper competitive new market?

– How can a client improve its operating model to better achieve operational, financial and strategic goals?

Bring your Passion and Expertise

We recruit for and value the following core competencies:

• Passion: Actively seeks responsibility and takes pride in delivering the highest quality results and recommendations to our clients

• Analytic Excellence: Demonstrates a strong aptitude for structured problem solving and quantitative skills

• Business Interest: Clear interest in the world of business, and intuition for the way that companies make decisions

• Rapid Growth: Eagerness to learn quickly, both through Mastercard’s structured training curriculum and organic development opportunities

• Teamwork: Willingness to work within small teams to produce outstanding deliverables, with a will to win attitude

• Integrity: Commitment to Mastercard’s values of honesty and integrity with a willingness to embrace and learn from our mistakes

• Diverse Perspective: Brings a unique skillset or approach to the table in every client engagement or internal activity

• Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated leadership abilities


• Undergraduate with a target graduation date between Dec 2024 – August 2025

• Outstanding record of academic achievement

• Proven record of leadership in a work setting and/or through extracurricular activities

• Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills

• Experience using data analysis or querying tools (e.g., SQL, SAS, Excel or Tableau) is an asset (particularly for Performance Analytics or Business Experimentation tracks).

• Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively – both verbally and in writing – in English and the local office language(s)• • Citizenship Requirement: Applicants for this position must be a citizen of South Africa in order to be considered for this role.

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