Apply for US summer internships as a European student?

Hello everyone, 

I am a French student graduating in 2023 and I was wondering if it would be possible to apply for summer internships in the US for 2022 (I saw that several banks and shops had already opened their applications for this region).

I plan to apply for summer internships in London but recruitment only starts in August/September 2021. I just wanted to know if it would be worth applying for summer internships in the US before then as well? Do I have any chance compared to US students?

My background only consists of several sales internships and a 4 month internship in a Big Four (Audit).

I'm at a semi-target university in the top 1%, majoring in Finance.

Thank you in advance.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 26, 2021 - 4:34pm

0% chance of it working because of visa issues. If you want to break into the US as a non-citizen, your best bet is to study at a US school (gives you the OPT work visa)

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Feb 26, 2021 - 4:37pm

some banks have a limit on the no. of applications you can submit in a cycle, so you shouldn't waste them on US offices when there's literally a 0.000001% chance that you get an interview. Many banks don't want to sponsor those that have OPT and you don't have that either. 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Feb 26, 2021 - 5:22pm

Not OP and am a US student, and I feel like the answer is probably no, but can anyone actually involved in recruiting chime in and not just prospects/interns?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - ECM
Feb 26, 2021 - 6:15pm

0% chance. Maybe if you're at Oxbridge or taking some high end MBA. Apart from that, no way imo. Sorry mate.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Feb 27, 2021 - 6:19pm

I'm in a similar situation to OP... is it only ~0% chance because of VISA issues? or because hardly anyone tries (read: hustles) hard enough through networking.

This is given good grades/ec/internships

Mar 24, 2021 - 6:25pm

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