Networking: How early is too early?
Currently 2.5 years away from graduation, this summer I will be interning in a MM regional midwestern buyside firm. Small shop that will give me a good deal of responsibility and build up a skill set and experience in the industry. From a state non-target, good grades and very good finance-relevant EC. Interned at a regionallast summer. Ideally looking to work in distressed debt/HY after graduation.
Basically I wanted to know how early is too early to reach out to people outside my alumni network in NY/Chi? Should I wait until halfway through/after the internship so I have tangible experiences to show and better demonstrate my interest?
I don't want to jump the gun and get ignored due to lack of experience, but I also want to get ahead of the competition and start networking early.
TL;DR should I start networking after recruiting is over for this cycle or should I wait until the end of the summer when I have internship experience and a small, but something tangible to talk about, skill set.
thanks in advance, longtime lurker and this website has been an amazing resource.