Advice for Rising Sophomore at an Ivy
Hello, I've done my fair share of looking around on WSO and was hoping for some advice on my path in the upcoming years. I saw a few posts related to this topic, but with recruiting moving so far up I had a few specific questions that were still unanswered.
I just finished up my first year at a lower Ivy (Brown, Dartmouth, Penn-non Wharton) with a 4.0 GPA in Economics. I've attained 2/3 leadership roles in various finance related clubs and organizations, am working in leadership role for my part-time job, and was elected to the board of a non-profit that was founded at my school. This upcoming summer, I managed to secure a Corporate Finance internship at a F500 company (on the lower end of the list, but F500 nonetheless). I've also been networking extensively with alumni, and have conducted 15-20 informational interviews over the phone
1. What should I be aiming for as an internship for next summer? With the recruiting cycle moved so far up, and not being a non-diversity candidate, I don't think that I will be able to land a BB IBD internship. Would my best bet be to reach out to regional boutiques and try to land a role in that manner? When exactly should I begin emailing and reaching out to try for a role such as this?
- What should I be doing this summer to position myself for recruiting next year? Should I just be following up with my contacts that I've already conducted informationals with? How exactly should I be following up with them? Should I be aiming to get them to submit my resume for me, or should I apply through traditional portals and then try to get them to flag the application?
Thanks so much for the help