Getting Involved


OUR CONSULTANTS are selected through a rigorous application and two-step interview process that includes both qualitative and analytical aspects. We look for consultants who have demonstrated a track record of excellent academic performance, shown great leadership experience or potential, and confirmed a real passion for giving back to the community and making a tangible social impact. We draw our membership from a diverse pool of candidates that include students from the Wharton School, College of Arts of Sciences, Engineering School as well as the Nursing School. We believe that each of our consultants contributes unique experiences and skills that make our consulting teams more creative and effective.

All consultants receive comprehensive training twice a year from major consulting firms that have included McKinsey and Company, Boston Consulting Group, Bain Capital and Oliver Wyman. These training sessions focus on core consulting principles, and also cover non-profit specific issues. In addition to these training sessions, our consultants receive guidance from Wharton professors as well as MBA students through our partnership with Wharton Community Consultants, our post- graduate counterpart.

SIC accepts new member applications at the beginning of each semester. For more information, contact us at

Potential Clients

The client application includes a detailed project proposal, which should be submitted one term prior to the semester of project implementation. Project proposal applications can be found on our website or can be requested by sending an email to The application also requires a short description of the organization's history and mission, and a detailed explanation of the problem at hand, combined with a list of expected deliverables.

After the application deadline, the proposals go through a first round evaluation process in which we identify and discuss which projects are well suited to represent high-quality projects SIC has completed in the past (see Project section for examples). Next, a SIC board member will contact the organization and engage in an in-depth conversation of the project with the goal of a full understanding of what the project will entail including what work has already been completed and what resources are available. Throughout the semester, information will be collected on the organization and the project, and a database of key information will be created. If enough data is found to be available, the project will then be started the following semester after the initial application date.

The reason we have an extended application process is to reduce the time spent gathering information at the beginning of the project, which leaves more time to complete an in-depth analysis and exploration of the issues at hand. This is especially important due to the shorter semester-long time frame of our projects.