A distant (but not too distant) relative of mine is a partner at one of the Big Four accounting firms. I'm supposed to send him my resume and state which division I'd be interested in. Are there any finance related jobs I can do at a Big Four that would improve my odds of breaking into ER or a HF?

I'm currently interning at a prop shop doing ER. It's pretty much an SEO job under the title of "Junior Equity Research Analyst." It's not the best internship in the world but at least I get a published portfolio of work to show and I get to write ER internship on my resume. I'm thinking this and obtaining CFA level 1 before I graduate would make me a half decent candidate for a more legit ER internship.

My goals are pretty similar to a lot of other people on this website. ER---->run money at a HF--->start my own HF---->take over the world.

So basically my options are:
1) Stick with current internship. Study for CFA level 1. Cold call/email the shit out of ER analysts until I get what I really want.

2) Take a Big Four internship in pretty much any division I want. This division looks somewhat relevant to what I wanna do.

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i'm currently doing an internship with a big 4 in their private equity division and its pretty interesting, but I think working in the corp finance or advisory division would be your best bet.


The position you posted is does involve researching HFs but if you're end goal is to actually work in a research/investing role at a HF you would be much better off pursuing investment banking and going the route of: FT IBD for 2-3 years -> HF

Because of this, you definitely want to say that the division you're interested in is "Corporate Finance" in the M&A and Investment Banking group (The CF group = IBD in all Big 4 firms). Even if you don't want to do pure IBD after you graduate (you mentioned wanting to get into a legit ER shop) having IBD and M&A internship experience on your resume will set you very well to get into FT ER.

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