Freshman in search of essentially any experience for this summer
Currently a freshman entering my second semester. I understand that freshman summer internships are often unnecessary in the long run, but I just wanted to explore the possibility of seeking out most any internship dealing with this industry. I live in a more rural area of New England, so firms are pretty sparse (I found some small PE firms and a tinyfirm). I do have some marketable skills as I use excel nearly every day to analyze and value companies just for fun (judge me) and also to learn as much as I can, so at least I'm not completely clueless going into this. Also I did get A's and A+'s in my accounting and econ courses last semester (not sure if whoever I talk to would see that or care)
What types of firms should I target for networking, and what is the likelihood that they would even grant me an interview? Ideally I would go for something local as I doubt any internship I can get at this stage would be worth moving over. I don't really care if it's a 2 person operation, I'm just looking for anything that will give me useful experience this summer. I've looked at all the networking guides, so right now it's just a matter of figuring out who to contact and where.
As a side note, I work with a formerVP, I believe he's been out of it for 5 years, so I think he could be a great person to talk to about this, and he could likely have some other "warm" connections. But I just wanted the WSO consensus since a LOT has changed since he got out.