Advice on Spring Weeks

Hello all,

I'm attending the University of St. Gallen in a couple of weeks, and I read that I should apply to the spring weeks to secure internships and network. The thing is that my grades from high school (Gymnasium) are not very good. I don't have job experience or anything, so I was wondering if I could do something to improve my chances.

My Grade is a 4.57 on the swiss scale, which is equivalent to ≈ 3.1 DE, ≈ 6.8 NL, ≈12.2 FR, ≈51 UK, ≈19.5 IT, a B (≈ 3) US

If it's relevant, I am fluent in German and English and can speak French and Chinese

I took a gap year in the USA if that helps my case.

All answers are appreciated!

Comments (24)

Jul 21, 2022 - 9:44am
King Julien, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, I didn't concentrate at all in school and didn't really care about my grades due to unis here taking anyone for the first year. Yeah if it helps my dad is on the board of directors of a BB bank but for my application, I won't mention it. I think this is just a missed opportunity due to these weeks being so important. Do you think if I ace my first exams at uni, I can get another shot?

Jul 21, 2022 - 9:55am
King Julien, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Additionally, don't the banks have online tests, so I was wondering if I would be filtered out before that or if I could redeem myself by getting a good score in those?

Jul 21, 2022 - 10:34am
King Julien, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for your reply, i'll definetly ask my dad if he can do something. Otherwise ill just have to try in my schools Banking Days to get a SA Internship.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 21, 2022 - 4:25pm

1. Banking Days won't help you to get a SW

2. Just leave out the GPA or apply after you get the mid-term grades

Jul 21, 2022 - 4:44pm
King Julien, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for your reply.

I understand, that the Banking Days won't help in getting an internship directly, but aren't they there for networking and getting to know the companies? Maybe this will help with getting internships (I dont have any experience myself with Banking Days, so feel free to correct me).

Yeah, leaving out the high school GPA sounds like a good idea. Thank you. 

  • Intern in CorpStrat
Jul 21, 2022 - 4:54pm

Reading the entire grade list to end up on US
Reading the grade list to end up at 2.65 US
But fr, if its just your HS grades, dont include it, or wait to add midterm grades as others have said. 

Sep 11, 2022 - 6:10pm
ibdchopper, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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