2.4 GPA, non-target school, previous e/r intern, NEED NETWORKING ADVICE

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Hey guys,

I have 2.4 GPA, attend a non-target school, secured an e/r internship in a boutique investment management firm last fall, and I'm having a hard time getting another internship for this coming summer... looking for creative advice and tricks about networking (anything other than LinkedIn networking, cold-calling, cold e-mailing, and OCR)

Thank you guys for any help!

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Jan 29, 2019

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Feb 2, 2019

I assume that when you say "Other than LinkedIn and cold calling" you mean that you're already doing those things. I hope you're doing at least that with a 2.4 GPA at a nontarget. With all due respect, that's a very low GPA and networking is going to be your best shot to secure another internship. If you still have time, focus on getting that GPA up. If your major GPA is higher, present that before your cumulative. I know what it's like coming from nontarget (see username), but you gotta network your ass off to get jobs. My best success has come from cold emailing. Don't cold call. Just out of curiosity, how did you get your first internship?

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Feb 2, 2019

If you could get an internship with a 2.4 GPA from a non-target school, you could get a summer job.

Feb 2, 2019

Wouldn't that depend on how he got it in the first place?

Feb 2, 2019

No - he now has experience at an investment management firm, which is a lot more valuable (in my opinion) than the however many grade points he would get through getting an A in his English 105 class.

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Feb 2, 2019

I would agree with you, but he's obviously doing something wrong if he's struggling to land another internship... or he's competing against people with similar experience and higher GPAs.

Feb 2, 2019

His GPA is ass dude - obviously that's why he cant get interviews when he is competing with people from better schools who do well.

What I am saying is - despite his awful grades, he somehow landed an internship at a boutique. So however he obtained that role, he can try and use those methods and connections to keep it going.

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Feb 4, 2019

Not that simple when your GPA is trash... helps to have the experience but I'm competiting w people who have both the GPA and experience like @nonTargetScum said

Feb 4, 2019

Well then he'd better start applying to no-name companies that people with good GPAs and experience won't bother considering.

Feb 4, 2019

Who cares about the name... I rather get hands-on experience in a firm where I would work directly with PM's, MD's, etc... either way the interviews I got we're all with firms with $B in aum and the nature of the work didn't interest me at all (mostly sourcing and pitch books, no access to partners meetings, barely any modelling)... Believe it or not, those ''no-name'' firms are much harder to get considering they never have actual openings and it's about selling yourself for them to be interested enough in creating a job for you

Feb 4, 2019

Well who gives a sh*t honestly lol I wish OP the best

Feb 4, 2019

Yeah I've been doing that a lot and successfully landed interviews at great firms (equity research at a pension fund, private equity a couple of times). However, none of them have panned out and I'm trying to figure out how to rectify that. For my first internship, I was at a tennis tournament and played doubles with the portfolio manager of that firm... you can guess the rest of the story

Feb 4, 2019
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