My name is Annie Gerspach, and I am an associate in the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in the Chicago office. I first learned of CRA through on-campus recruiting and networking during the fall of my junior year at the University of Notre Dame. After interviewing on campus, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for a summer internship in Chicago. The internship provided a thorough representation of what my role as an analyst would be. When extended an offer to join the firm full-time, I was thrilled to accept. Read more >
Starting your first job can be both exciting and daunting. While we can’t give you all the secrets about the consulting world – as many you’ll have to learn about while on the job – we can share some advice to help you become a great consultant. These tips were compiled by employees who joined CRA direct from school and know how it feels to be the newbie.
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Before joining CRA, I attended Wellesley College, where I majored in economics. Throughout school, I worked as a research assistant on a few different projects, which sparked my interest in working with data, and provided exposure to the life sciences field. At Wellesley, I particularly liked statistics-heavy classes, and econometrics. A career in economic consulting felt like a good fit because most of the work we do at CRA deals with data and research, both quantitative and qualitative. Read more >
Having just completed my Masters in Economics, I was keen to explore the nexus between economic theory and reality - to understand how, and to what extent, I would use the rigorous theory I had studied to help solve a real world antitrust question. I was also certain that I wanted to work in an environment that would motivate me to go outside of my comfort zone while simultaneously offering me the opportunity to familiarise myself with the essential empirical tools. Read more >
During an intern orientation session with Paul Maleh, he encouraged us to go out of our way to interact with CRA’s senior staff and ask questions. Paul said that to make the most of our time here, we should try and get to know the incredibly interesting people that work here, even though they’re often quiet and modest. I’ve found networking at CRA to be a healthy way to be social and learn what makes people excited about the work they do. Read more >