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The Perks of Being a Globe Trotter

Nicole Bernard BS'05

Senior Consultant, Protiviti

Chicago, Illinois
Nicole Bernard

“The BEPP curriculum encourages strategic thinking. It challenged me to analyze markets and industries.”

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As a senior consultant at the global consulting and internal audit firm Protiviti, Nicole Bernard constantly interacts with clients and creates deliverables, all while collecting thousands of frequent flyer miles.

“Travel has perks, like free vacations—and in my case, a free honeymoon,” she says. Because consulting is project-based, Bernard’s location, team, client, and even her desk can change weekly. In three years as a consultant for Protiviti, she’s worked with more than 10 financial service clients to evaluate their credit risk and consumer and lending processes.

“Consulting is a good bridge from college,” she says. Her work environment is energetic and challenging, similar to the environment she experienced in Kelley’s Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) program.

“The BEPP curriculum encourages strategic thinking. It challenged me to analyze markets and industries,” she says. She attributes her success to the one-on-one interaction with BEPP professors from around the world—like Professor Andreas Hauskrecht, who’s from Germany. “He makes a point to know all of the BEPP students. He always offers insights into international markets and economics, and his sense of humor makes him a favorite Kelley professor.”

For Bernard, Kelley’s greatest strength is the countless opportunities it offers students to prepare for the business world. To merge her interests in economics and German, she studied in Germany during her junior year through IU’s Reutlingen Study Abroad program. The following semester, she researched minority demographics for the Woodrow Wilson International Center as part of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Washington Leadership Program.

With the help of Kelley’s Undergraduate Career Services—and a resume that includes summer internships at SYSCO Foodservices of Cleveland and her study-abroad experience in Germany—Bernard landed an interview with Protiviti during her senior year.

At Protiviti, Bernard is gaining practical work and travel experience before her goal of starting graduate school. “I’m confident that my experiences will provide a strong foundation and springboard into my future education.”

In Brief

What I miss about Bloomington: “The atmosphere. Bloomington has an energetic, vibrant atmosphere that fosters learning. Plus, I miss the short winters in Bloomington—especially compared to Chicago—and the spring and fall are absolutely beautiful. I rode my bike and jogged through campus year round.” 

Favorite BEPP class:Econometrics. I really enjoyed the topic, and the professor did a great job of presenting the concepts and applying them to the business world. I hope I’ll be able to use my econometric skills as my career continues.”

Favorite Bloomington restaurants: Scotty’s Brewhouse, Runcible Spoon, Mad Mushroom Pizza

Published April 8, 2011