Using Class Standing or Class Year for Internship Apps

I hope this is the best place to post this question.

I have 35 college credits from high school. I just finished my 1st year at college. Because of the 35 college credits, I am a junior standing. However, I intend to not graduate early and go to three more years of college. Also, I have taken most of the same courses as actual Juniors would have at my school.

I want to apply for interships next summer, hopefully at a MM bank, equity research, or PWM. I think I would have a better chance of getting an internship offer if I said I was a Junior. However, if a MM bank attempt to extend a full time employment offer to me at the end of the internship, thinking I was a Junior, I would have to decline the full time offer.

So, I am wondering if it is best to say that I am a Junior on applications or use my years in college and say I am a sophmore.

Thank you.

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Aug 7, 2007 - 2:33pm
net worth or nothing, what's your opinion? Comment below:
mwgr5:
I hope this is the best place to post this question.

I have 35 college credits from high school. I just finished my 1st year at college. Because of the 35 college credits, I am a junior standing. However, I intend to not graduate early and go to three more years of college. Also, I have taken most of the same courses as actual Juniors would have at my school.

I want to apply for interships next summer, hopefully at a MM bank, equity research, or PWM. I think I would have a better chance of getting an internship offer if I said I was a Junior. However, if a MM bank attempt to extend a full time employment offer to me at the end of the internship, thinking I was a Junior, I would have to decline the full time offer.

So, I am wondering if it is best to say that I am a Junior on applications or use my years in college and say I am a sophmore.

Thank you.

Go apply for internships as a junior, take the courses that you have the option to graduate early if you want. If you get a great offer, finish early, if not, continue on and do a regular junior internship and get a [email protected]#[email protected]#ing offer.

Aug 7, 2007 - 2:35pm
GateBreaker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why do so many people think that Tweaking their resume is going to get them that far ahead?

Focus instead on the fact that you have been taking advanced courses for the past 2 years and feel that it's time to make an entrance into Banking.

If they ask about your long term commitments, just say that you plan on completing your grad work immediately following undergrad.

*A little word of advice - focus on finishing undergrad first and don't make too many plans involving grad school until you've gotten some real world experience - That is what will ultimately determine how well you are received.

Aug 7, 2007 - 2:43pm
Ballyho128, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, agreed on the question: why do people think a one-word tweak is going to change anything? They're going to look at your resume and see one year of ECs and college work experience, and they'll be able to figure out how long you've been there.

That doesn't mean you can't use it, you just have to qualify it so you can have the discussion on your terms, not wait until someone thinks they've caught you trying to pull a fast one.

Aug 7, 2007 - 2:46pm
Warhawk_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

tweaking your resume to say that you are a junior WILL get you much farther ahead.

There is a huge difference between being a sophomore and junior when it comes to recruiting, and many banks/hedge funds etc. will send you back personalized rejection letters telling you to apply one year from now if you say you are a sophomore.

Definitely use the junior-class standing to help you in getting a good internship that will make the next year after that's internship much easier.

You will get a good leg up on your fellow sophomores for interviews.

Aug 7, 2007 - 3:57pm
bcorp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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