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Networking through colleague/boss/friend/alumni
25% (104 votes)
Cold Networking
10% (41 votes)
In-house promotion / lateral / transfer
0% (2 votes)
Past internship lead to job offer with same firm
4% (18 votes)
Resume
8% (34 votes)
Interview skills
14% (58 votes)
Advanced academic degree (MBA, MSF, or similar)
2% (9 votes)
Advanced certification (CFA, or similar)
2% (8 votes)
Grades / test scores
2% (8 votes)
Luck
7% (28 votes)
Kissed a lot of ass
3% (14 votes)
School I currently attend, or attended in the past
4% (17 votes)
Nepotism
4% (15 votes)
Recruited (by firm directly or a recruiter)
4% (16 votes)
Lied / cheated
2% (7 votes)
N/A I don't have a finance job/internship now, nor upcoming for the future
11% (45 votes)
Total votes: 424
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Comments (13)

  • yeahright's picture

    Combination of luck and..... well I guess just luck.

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • traps's picture

    I am going to be a senior next fall. I need to secure an internship as soon as possible. The thing is I have been looking everywhere, but my GPA is just under a 3.0 and am afraid I won't even be given a chance once they know my GPA. Has anyone been in this position and what should I do?

    Traps

  • In reply to traps
    Loki777's picture

    yup, cold call every firm in your area....literally, every firm. Takes time and patience, and probably a few of them will want to meet and give you advice w/o actually having a position open,but this is just the beginning of your networking. Stay in contact with them and they may refer you to other people. I got a PE internship, even though my undergrad was construction lol (which i regret and hated)

  • In reply to traps
    Cruncharoo's picture

    traps wrote:
    I am going to be a senior next fall. I need to secure an internship as soon as possible. The thing is I have been looking everywhere, but my GPA is just under a 3.0 and am afraid I won't even be given a chance once they know my GPA. Has anyone been in this position and what should I do?

    since my GPA was subpar I didn't include it on my resume. if/when people asked I told the truth. i had a pretty decent mix of interviews where they either asked or didn't. i tried to spin it the best i possibly could.

    This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

  • In reply to Cruncharoo
    traps's picture

    Cruncharoo wrote:
    traps wrote:
    I am going to be a senior next fall. I need to secure an internship as soon as possible. The thing is I have been looking everywhere, but my GPA is just under a 3.0 and am afraid I won't even be given a chance once they know my GPA. Has anyone been in this position and what should I do?

    since my GPA was subpar I didn't include it on my resume. if/when people asked I told the truth. i had a pretty decent mix of interviews where they either asked or didn't. i tried to spin it the best i possibly could.

    Would you still apply to firms that required a 3.0 and 3.2 even though your GPA was slightly below?

    Traps