...or Dippin' into the finance job market.
Hi! I am a rising sophomore at Duke University. I am interested in finance, especially in areas that would expose me to day-to-day market dynamics (perhaps, strategy, or research would fit the bill) and/or provide nontrivial industry knowledge (investment banking, , and the like).
In addition to the courses listed on the attached résumé, I will take a graduate-level mathematical finance class next semester as well as courses in econometrics and microeconomics. I am also learning VBA from Simon Benninga's book, and I've applied to help a professor at our business school analyze industry data, though I haven't heard back quite yet.
I realize myis not my competitive advantage (though I'm confident it will increase significantly after fall 2010), and my lack of experience in finance is not helpful. So, for now, I have just a couple questions:
(i) How can I demonstrate, more compellingly, my interest in finance?
(ii) Which firms should I focus on in applying for summer 2011 ? Do I have a nontrivial chance with and investment boutiques, or should I seek an internship in (non-financial) industry - perhaps in business analysis or sales?
If you have any other suggestions - perhaps about my résumé - I would love to hear them as well.
Finally, thanks so much for all the information all of you have aggregated on this website - it's very exciting to be making my debut post.