There are usually a few threads on this every now & then, but I figured my story is unique enough that it may be useful for others that may find themselves in a similar position to themselves, or are just in search of a success story to give themselves confidence. I'm a senior who justIB offer, happy to answer any questions you guys might have.
Top 50 US non-target with decent IB alumni, 3.7 GPA, engineering/economics double major, 2 boutique IB internships, SA at an upper middle market PE fund
Cold calling/emailing to land offers:
I was an engineer who didn't know what IB was until the middle of my junior year, when I was able to get me an internship at a regional boutique over my winter break to get myself some experience (I had basically nothing significant on my resume). From there, got myself a boutique IB internship back at school via cold-emailing which I did part-time during the spring semester, and then cold-called my way into an upper MM PE shop.
I ended up interviewing with 10+ firms across the entire spectrum (from regional boutique up to BB), which resulted in 3 superdays and 1 offer.
Feel free to ask me whatever you'd like, or PM me if you're more comfortable doing that instead.
EDIT: Some of you have asked me about how I prepared for my interviews, taught myself finance, etc. The WSO guides were incredibly helpful to me in my recruiting process, so if you are interested, I believe they are available via this link: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-b...