Social Sector Solutions (S3)

Benefits for Student Consultants

Whether you’re pursuing management consulting career or want to work for a real-world client to make a social impact, S3 is a unique experience.

S3 brings together diverse teams of students – each team typically has three MBAs, one student from another graduate program, and one undergraduate. Student consulting teams work with the leaders of their social enterprise clients to craft tangible solutions. World-class Haas instructors and McKinsey consultants coach students to deliver polished and professional finished products.

MBA students must bid into EW/MBA 292S during the scheduled bidding times in November. See the MBA program office for more details.

Non-MBA students (including undergrads) must apply to the program by November 15th, 2020.

General Info Sessions

Click to video recording of General Info Session #1 (from 2020 Session)

Client Projects

Click to see the S3 2020 Client Descriptions (2021 clients to be posted in the Fall)

Team Leads for Client Projects

Click here to see Team Lead Info 2020 (2021 client projects to be posted in the Fall)

How to Join

  • MBA students must bid for EW/MBA 292S during their designated course bidding period in the fall.
    • EWMBA: Oct. 28th – Nov. 1st (Round 1) & Nov. 1st – Nov. 6th (Round 2) (Last year’s dates)
    • 2nd year FTMBA: Nov. 5th – 8th, 2019 (Last year’s dates)
    • 1st year FTMBA: Nov. 19th – 22nd, 2019 (Last year’s dates)
  • MBA Preference Forms will be due Monday, November 23rd, by noon (more information about the form will be given upon enrollment in the course).
  • For details and information on bidding, contact your MBA program office.
  • All other UC Berkeley students must apply to be considered for one of the teams.

From our blog


Team Lead, Megha Kansra (MBA ‘18), presents the strategic plan for Safe & Sound (Photo Manali Anne Photography)

S3 teams celebrate success at Finale Event

On Tuesday May 8th, Social Sector Solutions (S3) teams gathered together at the McKinsey & Company San Francisco offices to celebrate the Finale of the program over the past 15 weeks. The Finale event served as an opportunity to showcase how each team helped further the social mission of each social enterprise organization with numerous individuals in attendance from the eight client organizations, McKinsey & Company team coaches and the sixty-plus students from a combination of MBA, other Graduate programs, and undergraduates.

The eight organizations include: Berkeley Food Network, First Place for Youth, Marin Art & Garden Center, Museum of the African Diaspora, OneJustice, Safe & Sound, SF Brewers Guild, and Berkeley Haas.
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