With finals finally over, as an undergraduate I'm now in the process of trying to find my first summer Finance internship and trying to get a toe in the door.
I've read everything at Mergers & Inquisitions and askivy.net and definitely spend a lot of time reading these great forums but I had specific questions.
1.) Email first or just skip the e-mail and go straight to the calling? A lot of people mentioned e-mailing is a waste of time, and M&I stated phone is 10x better and of course in person is 100x better.
2.) Do I ask for an the internship on the first call? And if rejected do I keep checking back next month?
3.) If I only see a generic corporate number that gets directed to a secretary, do I just straight up ask for the MD's or VPs number? How should I phrase this?
4.) If I end up calling a super-tiny boutique and they never had an internship program before how do I go about convincing them to accept me as their first one.
5. - I'm so-far applying to only boutiques around Washington, DC/Bethesda, MD but is it worth applying to other boutiques up in NYC or Boston? Since those cities are much bigger hubs for ib than DC.
6. - If I wanted to look for another internship in the fall (with university) do boutique ib banks typically allow students to only come in 2/3 days a week compared with 5 days a week in the summer for their?
I'd appreciate any tips as its definitely an uphill battle for me coming from a super non-target in a slim pickings city (Washington, DC/Bethesda MD).