Brief overview: Graduated in 2011 from good-but-not-ivy school with a degree in IR and plans to go into policy economics. Pretty good academic track record and a few, though none in finance. Didn't like the options I had coming out of school, so I took a job as an analyst at an RIA and entered into a in Finance program. I figured pursuing the degree was versatile in that I could continue on in finance if I really enjoyed it or pivot back to policy economics and at least have some economics/statistics tools under my belt. Though my job is obviously not as rigorous as an analyst, we have some big institutional clients that invest in all the major /PEs and I've learned a lot about all areas of the market as a result.
Now I'm trying to plan out what I'll do when I finish school and am wondering how realistic IBD is for someone like myself. My main goal is just to be surrounded by smart people, work hard, learn a lot and open up some doors over the medium-term.
Do I have a chance at IBD having not studied/interned in finance in undergrad? Should I focus on S&T or Equity Research instead?
What sort of firms / positions should I be looking at given I'll be ~2 years out of undergrad? Bulge bracket/MM/Boutique? Summer associate / new analyst?
How do the IBD types view people coming out of wealth management / investment consulting? How about MSF graduates?
Any advice or links to helpful threads would be immensely appreciated.