Cold-calling boutiques for summer internships IBD
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 internships?
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).