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How long are internships with Q5?

Our internships are usually 8 weeks long.

What does an internship at Q5 involve?

We try to give our Research Analysts as much variety as possible whilst they are with us.  They will all get the opportunity to work on a client-facing project, and may also be able to get involved in some internal work as well.  In addition we try to ensure that all of our Research Analysts work on one of our Pop Up projects.  This is an opportunity to really get involved in our work and to gain a deep understanding of what life as a Q5er is like. 

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Can I apply to different offices?

Yes, you are very welcome to apply to different offices, but please ensure that you are applying to appropriate roles for your experience level.

Do you offer work experience?

We do not currently offer work experience. If you are aged between 15 – 18, please do take a look at the opportunities that we offer as part of our Youth Panel.

Find out more about our Youth Panel
Do you accept applications from undergraduates who require work permits to work in the UK?

We welcome applications from candidates who have their own right to work within the UK.  You will be asked to provide evidence of your right to work during the early stages of the application process, and you must maintain and be able to demonstrate your right to work throughout the duration of your employment. 

Notwithstanding that, Q5 is bound by UK immigration rules which place some restrictions around our Research Analyst programme –   

  • Some Tier 4 / Student visa holders will be permitted to work part time during term-time. Unfortunately, as the programme is full time, it would not be possible to undertake the internship part time. 
  • Some Tier 4 / Student visa holders will be permitted to work full time during holidays and on completion of their studies. It would be possible to undertake the internship programme during these times. 
  • Some Tier 4 / Student visa holders will not have permission to work. For immigration purposes, an internship is work. Unfortunately, therefore, it would not be possible to undertake the internship while holding a Tier 4 / Student visa that prohibits work. 
  • Graduate visa holders will have the right to work freely for 2 or 3 years (depending on their previous UK study). It would be possible to undertake the internship programme with a Graduate visa. 

Please note this is not a comprehensive list of suitable visas. You may have a different visa, digital status, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or other evidence of your right to work. If you have the right to work full time, it would be possible to undertake the internship. 

How can I prepare for my interview?

Our interviews do not involve any case studies at this stage, so no preparation is needed other than ensuring that you are familiar with what we do.  Do come armed with questions too! 

Do I need to be studying / have studied a particular degree subject for my application to be considered?

No – we are very proud of our diverse team who have studied everything from Geography, History, Chinese, Law and Medical Science through to Economics and Business Management, amongst many others.

I have a disability. Are you able to accommodate my needs during the recruitment process?

Yes – please do let us know and we will look to make any necessary adjustments. 

What is Q5’s commitment to recruiting diverse candidates?

Please see details of our commitment to diversity here.

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What training do you offer?

At Q5, we believe that people should ‘soar with their strengths’ rather than having to tick every box of consulting capability.  We have an environment which aims to use projects as the bedrock to development and that we support each other in doing so.  We have introduced The Development Curriculum has been developed by Q5 consultants for Q5 consultants.   The Development Curriculum focuses on core consulting skills as well as areas of interest to Q5ers.  This ensures that we set up people up for success both in delivery of project work and building the firm.  We supplement this with an external development platform that concentrates on subject areas such as leadership & management, time management and personal effectiveness. We fully believe that development should be in the hands of the individual with support from their mentor and the broader team. 

What opportunities are there to travel?

Many of our team have worked on international projects, and some have worked either on a project basis or on a secondment to one of our other offices.  There are certainly opportunities to travel overseas and more regularly domestically – anywhere from Stockholm to Wales, Leeds to the Middle East. 

Do you do any pro bono or charity work?

Yes – we set up the Q5 Foundation in 2011 which has worked with many charities over the years including Streetkids, Suited & Booted, and MQ.  In addition, we set up Pop Up in 2020 to enable us to support organisations who needed help during the first lockdown. This has continued to thrive and won a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award in 2021.

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Can I apply to different offices?

Yes, you are very welcome to apply to different offices, but please ensure that you are applying to appropriate roles for your experience level. 

I have a disability. Are you able to accommodate my needs during the recruitment process?

Yes – please do let us know and we will look to make any necessary adjustments. 

What is Q5’s commitment to recruiting diverse candidates?

Please see details of our commitment to diversity here

Find out more
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