Retail Thesis Internship

What is required?
Currently studying at an university
MSc student in the field of Data Science, Econometrics, Forecasting (Supply Chain), or similar
You have excellent Dutch and English language skills
You are entrepreneurial and have humor
You have a top sport mentality, we are looking for talent that wants to be better than good
What will you get?
Excellent internship compensation and working conditions
Smart collaboration with talented consultants who will stretch and support you as an intern.
Strong, proud and informal culture
A truly inspiring Great Place to Work company where we put people first.
A chance to make a real contribution to the ongoing domestic and international growth of IG&H.

What are you going to do?

Do you want to gain experience within retail consultancy during your studies? And discover whether consultancy is the right fit? This might be the perfect opportunity for you to get a glance and experience whether or not this is the case.

When writing your thesis at IG&H you’ll get to experience the consultancy profession during your studies. Together with you, we’ll shape the thesis.

You can either come to us with a suggestion, or you can use the following description as a place to get started:

Description of the ‘Instant Network’ thesis opportunity
Creating an ‘instant network’ is highly costly and requires high volume to operate cost effectively. Instant networks are only offered by few parties in NL (Thuisbezorgd, Deliveroo, Uber Eats, some start-ups). This challenging business model hinders swift introduction and/or expansion of new ‘instant’ services.
The concept is to integrate plannable flows to instant (point-to-point) demand and create a step change in the cost curve. Every ‘instant order’ is combined with adjacent stops with next day orders, effectively lowering the instant drop costs by >50% without adding costs for plannable flows.

Why this topic is highly relevant for IG&H
Combining different time-windowed volumes to create a cost effective and scalable instant network to enable a sustainable advantage in NL high service delivery segment.
• Creating an ‘instant network’ is costly and cannot be operated stand alone, and few ((r)e-tail) parties in NL expected to have the required volume.
• Opens up opportunities for services / customer value propositions / USPs for which currently there is no positive business case / business model.
• Could potentially lower threshold to expand instant / 2hr network to new locations that stand alone are not interesting.

Key Questions:
• What is needed to create an ’instant network’ that can delivers against <50% of costs of existing instant networks (e.g. Thuisbezorgd, Deliveroo, …)
• How do costs develop with volume? (from whole network perspective, incl. shipping, sorting, distribution, last mile delivery)
• What is the ‘break-even’ point when costs are lower than of a dedicated instant network?
• What is minimum volume needed for this to work? (on a local level – e.g. Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem, etc.)
• What neighbourhood characteristics are key drivers for enabling such instant network?
• What ‘needs to be true’ on operational, tactical and strategic level to combine different time-windowed volumes?

What will you learn from this experience?
What’s special about joining IG&H is that everybody will do their best to help you in any way they can. Which also means helping you with your personal development, by setting goals and making sure you progress. During your thesis you and your IG&H mentor look at your personal and professional development. In addition to your thesis, you also participate in our Consultant Development Program. This development program consists of training courses, inspiration sessions and social activities.

Among many other things, you’ll learn to:
• Structure ambiguous problems and make a roadmap on how to solve these problems
• Use both quantitative and qualitative analysis to get a good understanding of the company’s situation
• Making sure solutions work out in real life, not just on a whiteboard
• Present information in a way that’s new and understandable for everyone involved
• Become a great communicator

Our recruitment process

1. Review
Online assessment and a interview with two consultants.
2. Offer
We make an offer to the candidate we feel is the best fit for the role.

Working at IG&H

IG&H is active in the field of consultancy and technology. As a sector expert, IG&H focuses on Retail, Finance and Healthcare. Currently, the company has 300 committed professionals who help leading organizations realize the digital transformation to radical customer focus. IG&H has been recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’ and has a Net Promotor Score of >60, which is considered very high.


We want our employees to reflect the diversity of society. We work together with a remarkable mix of talents, personalities and cultures. IG&H is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to national origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetics, disability or age. We care about individuality, but most importantly, we share the pride of our collective achievements and a Great Place to Work.