Undergrad Breaking in to Value HF
For some background: This upcoming year, I'll be starting my junior year at a top west coast school studying Mathematics & Economics; I have a decent GPA at ~ 3.6. This past year I interned for 4 months in IBD at a pretty well-known middle market bank in the area.
I just wanted to pick your guys' brains on taking the more unconventional route to the buy-side out of undergrad. Ideally, I'd love to be at a value hedge fund that will develop my skills upon graduation. I plan on knocking out all the classic G&D/value texts within the year - I read the Intelligent Investor and am nearly done with Security Analysis and I have also been investing my PA for a couple years. I get lots of mixed answers as to whether full time IBD experience is actually necessary - some say yes, some say not at all.
What would you guys say I should do to best position myself to work on the buy-side at a value fund upon graduation? Maybe start at an asset management firm i.e. PIMCO/ ? Maybe do the CFA (yuck)? Maybe embrace my inner masochist and do banking? Thanks in advance.