Junior, Need help in Late Summer Internship Search

Due to my study abroad venture during the fall semester of my Junior, I arrived at my target school late - 2 weeks into the Junior Spring semester - and missed out on key deadlines for the summer internship process - i.e. missed most bulge brackets

Right now, it is my Spring Break, and I plan on using it to make a last minute, late push to secure any internships related to Finance, PREFERABLY, Investment Banking related.

Does anyone have any tips on how I will be able to obtain an internship in my desperate 25th hour of need?

Tips Recieved thus far:
1. Missed BB's so try applying to Boutiques
2. Merrill Lynch might still have some PWM's, although its for Sophs, experience better than no experience to put on resume

HELP! Thx.

Comments (14)

Mar 7, 2007 - 9:43am
goldson23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

u go to a target, have internships handed to u on a silver platter, no excuse whatsoever. change careers, this isnt for u

Mar 7, 2007 - 10:38am
coupdetat, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i'm guessing you go to wharton? i would try to contact all of your friends that graduated and try to get the hookup that way. feel free to pm me if you have specifics.

Mar 7, 2007 - 11:10am
yanks234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

xistguru, I disagree. Study abroad is a once in a lifetime experience that cannot even compare to working 100 hr weeks, regardless of the prestige of the firm. Your comments illustrate your shallow values of merely having the prestige of a BB on your resume. There are bigger things in life than that.

Junior year is the time when 90% of the world studies abroad and to forfeit this experience because of the desire to work in a summer sweatshop is just horrible logic.

Mar 7, 2007 - 11:38am
freeloader, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dude, re-read my post. Where in it did I say study abroad is not a good idea? The point I was making was that studying abroad during your junior year when summer internship recruiting takes place is poor planning.

You have to look at it this way, recruitment is a static time frame, you miss it, you're out. Study abroad however, can be done at any time, regardless of when "the rest of the world does it". Why schedule things to miss one when you could have easily done both?

Next time, read the post and process what is written before you start bashing someone for having "shallow values." Dumbass...

Mar 7, 2007 - 2:46pm
gqbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
xistguru:
Dude, re-read my post. Where in it did I say study abroad is not a good idea? The point I was making was that studying abroad during your junior year when summer internship recruiting takes place is poor planning.

You have to look at it this way, recruitment is a static time frame, you miss it, you're out. Study abroad however, can be done at any time, regardless of when "the rest of the world does it". Why schedule things to miss one when you could have easily done both?

Next time, read the post and process what is written before you start bashing someone for having "shallow values." Dumbass...

First of all, at most universities you're not allowed to study abroad until your junior year. Secondly, studying abroad junior is not poor planning. I, and many other people I know studied abroad and still managed to apply for internships. This person in particular did some poor planning, don't blame it on studying abroad. I also agree studying abroad sets you apart from other applicants, especially since the investment banking business is becoming more and more global each day.

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Mar 7, 2007 - 1:27pm
y2yankees99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you study abroad in the spring of your junior year it may be advantageous. Many banks have early study abroad super days (ML, GS, CS, LB, Citi, JPM. MS and UBS don't have super days but are willing to accomodate your situation). Having gone through them, many of the banks expressed an appreciation and strong interest for students who study abroad. It seemed as if many of the banks were actively looking to secure a good amount of interns out of the pool of those going abroad so that they could get ahead of the game. Not certain, but that's my 2 cents.

Mar 7, 2007 - 3:31pm
freeloader, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hmm, not really aware of study abroad requirements at other schools, just based on personal experience there's no requirements at my school that you have to be a certain rank to be allowed to study abroad (though there are specific requirements for different programs, varying from freshman to senior). I've only seen a couple uni's study abroad sites, and they have sophomore year as the minimum requirement.

And I think in this particular case, you can blame it on study abroad and planning, he missed recruiting because he didn't get back in time from study abroad. Yes you and other people you know havae studied abroad and applied for internships. But why put yourself in a disadvantaged situation when you could just as easily study abroad during another time and get the same study abroad experience?

Mar 9, 2007 - 10:30am
orbithal, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was explicitly told by my career center to avoid going abroad junior year at all costs. They said it was fine if you want to go into something besides ibanking, but if you do the BBs tend to think you're serious enough about it. I would say try to find something else that's even vaguely finance related, and if your grades etc. are good, apply for full time in the fall.

Mar 9, 2007 - 3:41pm
ssd82, what's your opinion? Comment below:

By the way, Where did you study abroad?

Hopefully it was a badass place, better to sulk in sorrow with some good photos and great memories...

Mar 11, 2007 - 6:10am
LeeM2486, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Studied at Hong Kong - the financial hub of Asia. My finance exams there were the hardest exams I've ever had ... I had the time of my life. I highly recommend studying abroad.

Mar 19, 2007 - 3:04pm
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