True North Scholarship


True north scholarship


Bain Zurich is running a CHF 10,000 scholarship program for exceptional women this summer. The various components of the program will inspire and equip you with practical leadership and personal impact skills to chart your career journey. The idea behind the global initiative is to support and encourage outstanding students to enter a field where women are traditionally underrepresented.

What to expect

Part of the program is the True North Workshop providing insights into consulting, tools for case cracking and tips for interview preparation. Following the True North Workshop, a group of top candidates will get exclusive access to our Lead to Inspire Masterclass. Components of the Masterclass include monthly online trainings, one-on-one mentoring and in-depth interview coaching. On top of that, the scholarship winner will receive CHF 10,000 as well as an internship offer for Bain Zurich.

What we look for

We are keen to meet university students from any degree or discipline who identify as female. You should successfully have completed your first year of study (assessment year) at any Swiss university graduating earliest in summer 2022. We are looking for strong academic achievers with great communication skills, drive, passion and energy to solve problems and really make a difference.


Are you curious? Submit your application here by 22nd August 2021. You will need to upload your CV and complete some application questions prior to final submission. We will also send you a link to an online assessment to be completed until 26th August 2021.

Selection process

After reviewing all incoming applications we will reach out to you end of August 2021 about the application outcome. Successful applicants will be invited to the True North Workshop. The workshop will provide unique insights into our industry and what a career in consulting could offer you. We will create opportunities for you to learn and practice a number of key skills, including some of the tools our teams use to crack critical business problems. We will also provide you with tips and tricks for interviews.

one-on-one interview to get to know you better will also be part of the True North Workshop. However, don’t worry! We make sure that you get all the support you need prior to the workshop. 


  • 22nd August – Application deadline for scholarship 
  • 26th August – Online assessment deadline for scholarship
  • 22nd September – True North Workshop 
  • 23rd  September – Interviews

If you have any questions, please contact:

Nadine Husistein
Head of Recruiting Switzerland


We are keen to meet students who successfully completed their first year of study (assessment year) at any Swiss university. The Swiss university needs to be your home university, that means an exchange semester is not sufficient, but a double degree is. Students who are about to complete their Bachelor’s degree at a Swiss university, who have planned to study for a Master’s degree abroad, are also welcome to apply.
We are keen to meet students from any Bachelor’s degree or discipline who successfully completed their first year of study (assessment year) at any Swiss university. This includes 3rd year Bachelor’s students who will soon start a Master’s degree. 1st year Master’s students graduating from a Swiss university earliest in summer 2022 are also welcome to apply.

The Bain Online Assessment measures numerical, verbal and logical reasoning skills and covers questions on your behavioral preferences. Bain Zurich collaborates with a test provider called Sova Assessments. The assessment is tailor-made for Bain.

We use the data to make a data-driven decision on each applicant who takes the test. Once we have the test results, we will review every application as a whole to decide who will be invited to the True North Workshop.

We are keen to meet students who are fluent in one of the national languages of Switzerland (German, French, Italian or Romansh). Fluency in German is an advantage, but not required. The True North Workshop will be held in English.

When submitting your application, you will be asked the following questions:
1. What does ‚True North‘ mean to you? Tell us about an experience/story you’ve had regarding True North? (Max word limit: 150).
2. What is your favourite example of a team you’ve worked in to solve a problem? (Max word limit: 150)

Our first priority is to keep our people and recruits safe. In view of the current pandemic situation, and with the necessary precautionary measures in place, we are hopeful that we will be able to gather in person. We are continuously monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update early August.
The True North Workshop is a key element of the scholarship program and will take place from 22nd to 23rd September 2021. On the first day starting 09:30 AM you will learn and practice a number of key skills such as how to crack critical business problems and how to communicate with impact. In the evening we will create an opportunity for you to get in touch with Bain consultants in an informal atmosphere during dinner. On the second day, we focus on the one-on-one interviews. The program on day two will end by 05:00 PM at the latest.
An invitation to the workshop does not automatically qualify you for an internship or fulltime position. Only the scholarship winner will receive a direct internship offer for Bain Zurich. However, for everyone else it is a great first step towards getting to know us better and experience what management consulting is. 
We encourage you to apply for an internship or a fulltime position regardless of the outcome of your application to the True North Scholarship. We receive a large number of applications for our programs and selection criteria might vary slightly.

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