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I'm a junior at a non-target who potentially has a winter internship at a boutique investment banking firm in my region.

The "problem" is -- the firm is a NO NAME regional boutique. I've heard that even these will help because I get to put something like "Investment Banking Winter Analyst" on my resume.

The question is: will it really help? I come from a top 50 non target.

Who would win in this situation:

-Junior at Princeton who's had a sophomore PWM internship and a random summer job Freshman yr. GPA: 3.7, solid extracurriculars

-Non-target junior who's had a BB BO internship and an internship with a S&P 500 company in addition to the winter IB internship. GPA: 3.7, solid extracurriculars

Comments (14)

  • BepBep12's picture

    Clearly there will be no brand name etc. and you probably won't get a chance to do a whole lot. That being said I think the value in doing this internship is the connections and relationships that you might be able to build over a few weeks. Doing a great job at whatever they want (making copies, researching random things, coffee, filling in a model) will definitely help build a case for them to potentially open up to providing references for you which will get you first rounds. So I'd look at it from that angle; its not the internship that will help you, its the relationships you build out of it that will.. nah mean?

    'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

  • Bob Loblaw's picture

    Sometimes no-name internships provide the best deal exposure. Because it's so small, if you're willing to take on the responsibility and can demonstrate you can perform, you'll get a chance to do a lot. It'll give you a ton to talk about in the interviews. If you produce something tangible (a market report or anything for instance) it can also be something you can bring to an interview that can help your case. Take the internship -- it can't hurt at all.