Georgetown recruiting

I'm a rising freshmen at Georgetown SFS and I've heard how competitive some of the best pre-professional clubs are (GUSIF, GUASFCU, Hilltop consultants, etc). I'm thinking about applying to as many as I can but I'm worried that most likely I won't get into any. How does the application process look for these clubs? How important is it to be in one of these clubs for IB compared to other clubs? Any advice is welcome! Thank you!

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 18, 2022 - 5:01pm

Application process can be intense. 

It starts off with CAB Fair (club fair) in the fall. Be sure to stop by tables to join email lists and to get invited to info sessions later that week.

At info sessions try to speak with a few upperclassmen in the club after the event. Definitely not a huge "networking" aspect but will definitely help you stand out when you apply. 

The "top" finance organizations with the toughest applications are GUSIF, GUASFCU, GPS, and GUIO -- these all have <10% acceptance rates every semester. They typically will have 2-3 rounds of interviews that occur over a weekend/week.  

In my experience, you absolutely do not NEED to be in these groups to land finance internships. However, you will find that these organizations often provide useful resources and a more robust alumni network that give you a leg up during recruiting. Off the top of my head, GUSIF has sent 10+ to Blackstone, 10+ to Evercore, and a handful to KKR PE, BBs, and other EBs in the last 3 cycles. GUIO and GPS both routinely send students to PJT RSSG, Blackstone, and top BB/EBs every year. 

You'll be able to reapply to these orgs up until your sophomore spring semester, so don't panic if you don't get in the first try. At the end of the day the Georgetown brand and alumni network will certainly help, but your work ethic will ultimately land you the offer.

Best of luck!

  • Works at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Jul 26, 2022 - 1:17pm

Recent Georgetown grad here. You DO NOT need to be in one of those clubs in order to successfully recruit. I have many friends who work at MBB/EB/IB/etc… who were not in the pre professional clubs. I also have friends who were in a pre professional club but said that it really didn't help them in recruiting. I wasn't in any of those clubs and when I was networking for consulting, I was not once asked "why aren't you in xyz club?" Honestly the Georgetown alumni have been very helpful to me regardless of club affiliation.

That being said, the clubs can provide resources such as upperclassmen who went through the process previously. However don't focus too much on pre professional life because you may miss out on the fun of college, and many of those hardcore "pre-professional" kids aren't fun to be around (which ironically hurts their ability to perform in behavioral interviews).

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