I'm an undergrad junior (3-rd year) going to a US top-target (think Stern in terms of placement, but we're a regular uni.) majoring in Engineering with GPA 3.8+ and a Summer 2021 offer from a mid-tierin Hong Kong for . I also did a few internships in the past (mega-cap Asian sovereignty fund investments part-time; top Asian IB- ). As you can see already my issue here is that I am way too Asian on paper (in person that is kind of true too, I'm not the loud American / athletetic type but rather introvert; but 1-on-1 I'm personable enough).
I'm not entirely content with my 21 SA offer and hope to lateral to a comparable / same bank in NYC by the time I graduate in 2022.
My reasons for wanting to do that are mostly professional: better exit all around (US PE exclusively want US bankers, and even a few Asian PEs only want US bankers; better MBA placement too if the need comes up) rather than personal, as I am in fact an international student (albeit having been in the US for almost 10 years since middle school, due to ur strict af immigration policy turning down people like me who got in legally and instead taking in minimal-wagers that somehow enteredlmaooo - I respect these ppl but it's just unfair and an L for ur country too).
Anyway, would really appreciate any comment on the feasibility of this and/or how to get there. Is internal mobility something I can count on or not really? Or are there reasons to not do it at all I would like to hear them too.
A few additional details:
1) my 2021 SA program will be generalist; historically the return rate is quite favorable, though no verdict this year given that they took too many from 2020 class during pandemic
2) for summer 2021 I also applied to NY and west coast positions, but got very few interviews and no superdays - possibly due to my major (was a Comp Sci until this semester, now something more Finance-related) and possibly my lack of effective networking (was sent home across the ocean mid-semester, and I did not put in enough effort before the pandemic either)
I would say my strengths are my edu and the fact that I am already half-way in the business; my weaknesses are my international status and my networking ability (it's not horrible but most Americans I met are somewhat better)
Again, thanks in advance for any input,
your exotic Asian monkey