Vault Ranks Cornerstone Research in Top 20 for Best Consulting Internship Program


The firm’s Summer Analyst Program was recognized in the top 20 in Vault’s 2021 list of Best Consulting Internships.

San Francisco—Career information provider Vault recognized Cornerstone Research’s Summer Analyst Program in the top 20 among all firms in its 2021 list of Best Consulting Internships. The program also ranked high among internships for data analytics, and internships for training and mentoring.

Cornerstone Research is known for its comprehensive internship programs. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm quickly reimagined an innovative Summer Analyst Program to provide a high-quality experience in a virtual world. With a focus on open and frequent communications, access to firmwide resources, and regular activities to promote connections and a sense of community, the program provided excellent learning and career development opportunities, as well as social activity, for the 2020 class of summer analysts.

“Our emphasis on collaboration and a strong culture enabled us to host a highly successful virtual program despite the challenges arising from COVID-19,” said Yesim Richardson, president of Cornerstone Research.

“Casework was very interesting and challenging,” said one summer analyst. “You get to apply what you have learned in school.” Another noted, “The office environment is supportive—everyone is willing to help and wants you to succeed. The culture is very collaborative, and everyone’s thoughts are valued.” Another participant echoed this view: “The work is meaningful, and you learn a lot. Everyone is really focused on helping you grow and learn throughout the summer. Even remote, there were lots of office events, and I felt like I really got to know people.”

“We are pleased that Vault has recognized our firm for providing an exceptional summer internship experience this year,” said Yesim Richardson, president of Cornerstone Research. “Fostering a strong culture and supporting thriving teams has always been critical to our work. This emphasis on collaboration enabled us to host a highly successful virtual program despite the challenges arising from COVID-19.”

Cornerstone Research’s summer internship program provides high-performing college students with an introduction to the full-time analyst role at a leading economics consulting firm. Summer analysts work in case teams that typically include an academic or industry expert, senior consultants, and analysts. Summer analysts make important contributions to their teams, including both quantitative and qualitative analyses, and are provided with substantial learning and development opportunities, including mentoring and feedback.

Vault’s Best Internships reflect the highest-rated internship programs across a survey pool of thousands of current and former interns. The 2021 rankings are based on the results of the 2020 Internship Survey, conducted this past summer.

Vault Top Internship 2021 Award


Terri Viera
Cornerstone Research