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180 Degrees Consulting Munich
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180 Degrees Consulting Munich (180DC Munich) is part of a worldwide organized non-profit student consultancy. The Munich branch was founded as a registered association in 2015. [1][2] 180DC Munich was named Best Branch 2018 and Most Innovative Brand 2019 out of over 100 branches worldwide in recent 180 Degrees Consulting awards.[3]


180DC Munich aims to create a social impact in business and society by developing tailor-made, innovative and sustainable solutions for non-profit and socially-oriented organizations to help them master strategic challenges.[4][5]Another objective is to enable and support students to become responsible leaders. In order to evaluate the implementation of these goals, 180DC Munich regularly publishes the results of their impact measurement as an Impact Report.[6]

Internal organisation[edit]

Every new-joiner starts as a consultant and works on a project for a customer, distinguishes the association from other student consultancies [7]. After finishing this first project, consultants may work on another project, possibly also as a Team Manager taking over additional leadership responsibility. The Board, which consists of former consultants and team managers, works on the club's organisation and strategy. English is the language used for internal communication and at all events, projects are conducted either in English or in German. There is also an Alumni Association for alumni of the consulting association.


Every semester students can apply to become part of 180DC Munich. After submitting their CV and answering a questionnaire online, applicants are invited to interviews.


The workload varies between different roles and phases of the project. On average, consultants work about 10 hours per week, including training. Team Managers and Board Members usually work 10-15 hours per week. Consultants and team managers work on a project for three months throughout the academic semester. The winter consulting semester starts November and ends January, the summer consulting semester starts May and ends July.

Benefit for Students[edit]


Alongside creating social impact, 180DC strives to help its members develop personally. The four core elements of this are:[8]

  1. Social Impact: Consultants help social organisations through their voluntary work and thus contribute to society.
  2. Consulting Experience: Through project work in a team, members take on responsibility and develop their problem-solving skills. Each team has a professional mentor who supports the team in the project with his or her expertise and experience.
  3. Professional Training: During the project phase, numerous workshops are offered to refine the skills needed for the project work. In addition, the consultants participate in internal training and benefit from a strong feedback culture. Individual mentors are contact persons and advisors for the consultants.
  4. Network: Consultants become part of the 180DC Munich Network, which brings together people from different backgrounds. By joining the Alumni Association, consultants can contribute to the community even after their active time in consulting.


The biggest criticism is that students do unpaid work alongside their studies. 180DC provides their advice on a voluntary basis, also to ensure they can also work with project partners that could not afford expensive consulting services. However, 180DC stresses that even though members are not rewarded monetarily, they benefit from a strong network, training offers and the project experience. Another reasoning is that monetary incentives could possibly counteract the intrinsic motivation to create social impact.[9]


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