Students

Learn with us in CTP

Join the Consultant Training Program and gain insights from consulting professionals, practice valuable skills, work with other students and more.

The Consultant Training Program (CTP) is a student program run by members of the Nittany Lion Consulting Group (NLCG). Members of CTP can attend weekly lessons, develop a network with fellow CTP members, engage with NLCG members through a mentoring program, and more.

Community of Motivated Students

Members of CTP can meet students with backgrounds from engineering to accounting, which helps them to develop their professional network and expand their social circle. Through multiple channels and menorship, CTP students can interact with NLCG members and learn what it is like to be an NLCG consultant.

Career-Applicable Curriculum

The mission of the Consultant Training Program is to educate students in the fundamentals of consulting through weekly class sessions. Taught with relevant and up-to-date material, CTP is run by the VP of Talent & Acquisition along with tenured members of NLCG. 

David Lenze

Faculty Advisor

"Regardless of which College someone is in at Penn State, CTP helps them develop skills and knowledge for the real world. In addition to exploring consulting as an industry and career path, members learn tools and techniques for creative, collaborative, data-driven problem-solving that are at the core of consulting and incredibly useful in most other career paths.

The NLCG Pathway

CTP serves to expose interested students to the Nittany Lion Consulting Group and teaches relevant skills integral to success for the consulting & recruiting process. Members will complete mock interviews, a team case, an individual case, and more. Further, successful completion of CTP results in the ability to interview for NLCG at the end of the semester. 

Learn more & join

Information sessions for interested students will be held this spring semester.  Sign up here and we will send you an meeting invitation when these sessions are scheduled.

FAQs

Is it too late to join CTP for the fall semester?

No. It is not too late! Sign up for the CTP canvas page by clicking the blue button at the top of the NLCG students page. We also have a session on Tuesday, August 30th at 6:30 pm in the Business Building Room 110. 

What is CTP?

Run by members of the Nittany Lion Consulting Group, the Consultant Training Program (CTP) seeks to create a consulting community at Penn State by teaching students the fundamentals of consulting and making students aware of related career opportunities. Participation in CTP’s semester-long training program gives students the opportunity to interview for the Nittany Lion Consulting Group (NLCG). The CTP class consists of weekly lessons taught by NLCG members and alumni, interactive sessions with group work, individual and team-based case preparation, mentorship with NLCG members, and preparation for NLCG membership.

How do I interview for NLCG?

In order to interview for NLCG, you must complete the CTP semester-long class, complete the individual and team cases in the CTP class, and practice at least 4 mock interviews with current CTP members. After this process, students will have one behavioral interview and one case interview.

What is NLCG?
The Nittany Lion Consulting Group (NLCG) is a student-managed, faculty-supported experiential learning program offered by Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. NLCG’s members engage with real clients to solve real-world business problems, all while earning academic credit. NLCG also focuses on preparing students for consulting related careers through a mentorship program, networking events, and case competitions.

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