Logistics of getting into MM IB
Not particularly interested in, but a MM located in my hometown that does very well within our region. I'm close friends with one of the MD's from there. The problem is that I am pretty late to the game and have not yet had any IB experience. Initially, I was set on becoming an actuary and took the first three exams, but now I think I would be happier doing IB as the work seems more rewarding. Some background: I'm a junior math and philosophy major in honors at a target university with a 3.2 GPA (I know it's super low, which mostly has to do with the death of a family member during my sophomore year, but I also know that it's just still not competitive). The MD told me that the bank really loves seeing applicants from my university and that they recruit there.
I've been studying for the CFA as well (have been studying for it since studying for the actuary exams, but have to wait until I'm a senior to be able to take the first of the three exams), which might help to show that I have a good understanding of finance even though I didn't major in it.
I go to school in a very small town, so there isn't really any option for me to do an IB internship during the school year, but I have been taking to a small VC firm that is local and has done very well for itself. Thisfirm is closely tied with an investment bank about 2 hours away from campus that offers summer IB internships only to seniors, so there might be an opportunity there for me to gain IB experience.
Thought I'd get some anonymous advice before potentially burning and bridges and making a fool of myself. Just give it to me straight.