Boutique Capital Markets vs. Mid-sized Corp. Finance for the summer

I'm a college junior in the process of weighing my summer offers, and it's come down to

1) A boutique (150 employees) investment bank. I would be working with the Capital Markets Group, mostly pitching and executing the capmarkets functions for s&p500 companies.

2) A mid-sized (4,000 employees) high-tech company. I would be working in the FP&A group.

Assuming hours and pay are equal, and that neither will convert interns into full-timers, which do you guys think is the better career move? Thanks.

edit: in the long term, i hope to end up in a vc or pe focused on technology, which has always been an interest of mine

Comments (6)

Apr 6, 2011 - 1:57pm
tshaw90, what's your opinion? Comment below:
hundge at top rate:
What do you want to do with your career?

not really sure yet, but i'm naturally interested in the tech sector, possibly hoping to end up in a tech-focused PE or VC.

at this point though, i think i should take the position that would offer the widest opportunities down the line

Apr 6, 2011 - 4:19pm
dublin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

does your school have decent OCR? if so, i think i'd take the fp&a job, given your short-term and long-term goals. if not, i still lean ever-so-slightly toward the fp&a job, but be aware you'll need to do a lot more networking to land interviews in the fall without "IB" experience on your resume

Apr 6, 2011 - 4:41pm
tshaw90, what's your opinion? Comment below:
dublin:
does your school have decent OCR? if so, i think i'd take the fp&a job, given your short-term and long-term goals. if not, i still lean ever-so-slightly toward the fp&a job, but be aware you'll need to do a lot more networking to land interviews in the fall without "IB" experience on your resume

i take it that ocr means on campus recruiting? yes, i think we do. i go to an ivy league school; all the bulge brackets and some large hedge funds recruit here every term, and hire a handful of interns / full timers.

Apr 6, 2011 - 9:29pm
dublin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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