So I networked my way into two consecutive interviews with differentbranches, I got offers from both, but then got them rescinded at the background check phase after I had to disclose my criminal record. My goal is to get the best possible investment banking or internship for next summer, with preference to the latter which is also the area I would like to eventually work in. I own my mistakes and make no excuses for them, if I can receive advice on what to do to get an internship right now I would be very thankful.
With regard to my criminal history, I have an inordinate amount of criminal charges stemming from a number of alcohol related incidents which I was involved in that occurred in a one year period of time towards the beginning of my college career. Fortunately, all but one charge has been dismissed, meaning without any pretrial diversion programs or legal asterisks. Also, the ones that have been dismissed are currently being expunged. The problem is that the destruction of my records won't be completed until the end of the year, well past the time that I can put a relevant internship on my CV for non-core internship recruitment for most banks.
From my background check I look like a degenerate alcoholic, which I may have been at one point, but I am not now. It has been years since I had any encounters with the law, and I have learned from my mistakes. I almost lost my family and friends from that unfortunate year when I was destroying my life, but I have overcame my faults and have them back. I demonstrated my change by getting elected as head of two prominent organizations on campus from which I have managed a combined budget of over a million dollars. I thought I could possibly show that my record does not reflect who I truly am, but it did not work with the two PWM branches, although one of the guys who I originally reached out to said that I should come back after my expungement--I guess he didn't want to take me on as a liability with my current official record. And to be clear, nothing on my record involves theft or moral turpitude.
With recruitment season gearing up, I really need a strong finance experience to stand a chance of getting a good internship for next summer. In the most charitable terms, I go to a semi-target; there are two banks that come here, and that's only in a good year.
That's the gist of the story, and I apologize for the length of the post but with consideration to the above, here are some questions that can hopefully be answered.
-What can I say/do to persuade a employer to allow me to intern right now? Would letters of recommendation help?
-I am being offered a remote internship with a family friends broker who operates in another state, would I still be subject to a background check while working completely offsite (due to my father, disclosing my background to this family friend is currently not an option)?
-I'm blanking on any way of asking if a firm does background checks without sounding off alarms. Does anyone have a clever way of finding out if a firm does background checks? I don't have any problem networking my way into interviews, but I don't want to broadcast a negative image of myself to every firm in my city.
-If I can't intern now, how could I improve my CV for the fall?
Thank you for reading.