Basics for Trading SA 2020 application

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Hi,

As I am preparing for my 2020 SA application for Trading division I wanted to ask if there are any programming languages and IT skills required to do the internship? I've read a lot about VBA. Is it something one should know how to use before applying? Also, what is the technical knowledge I could be asked about? Is it anything from valuing a company as IBD kids learn?
Lastly, what choice do I have regarding which desk I work at? Or maybe during the internship I learn a bit about every single of them?

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Jun 21, 2019

ozajasz, way too quiet in here. What about these resources:

  • URGENT: Am I Too late for SA 2020?! possible way for me now to get a 2020 SA internship? So I just went to Lazard's website (applications ... in the military. I just got discharged in May and began looking for summer 2020 internships. I found ... advice page) and found that they are opening up their application for summer internships in September, ...
  • Apply for SA 2020 before starting SA 2019? know if I should start applying for IBD SA 2020. Morgan Stanley's and other firms' ... I'm already looking to move on. I just want to keep my summer 2020 options open. Should I wait to ... apply until I have already started this summer's work? Thanks. No ...
  • Apply for Junior or Sophomore SA position? year to June 2020. Over the next few days I will be sending out a bunch of applications for 2019 SA ... summer analyst applications Junior SA Sophomore SA ... internships. My question is whether I should be applying for junior or sophomore SA programs, or both, ...
  • URGENT: Am I Too late for SA 2020? possible way for me now to get a 2020 SA internship? So I just went to Lazard's website (applications ... in the military. I just got discharged in May and began looking for summer 2020 internships. I found ... advice page) and found that they are opening up their application for summer internships in September, ...
  • Is it worth applying to SA 2020? I'm interning for my city in their "Finance" department, but it's more accounting and ... a good story for interviews, etc. So is it a waste of time, or should I just apply so I can go through ... even started networking or learning technicals yet. I also lack relevant internships, this summer ...
  • Morgan Stanley 2020 Sophomore SA Megathread freshman could discuss their recruiting efforts for Summer 2020. I applied for IB, GCM, and Quantitative ...
  • SA and Full Time Recruiting 2020 thread 2020 SA Info: champagnepaki: Not really. Sure the WSJ article from this past Fall brought awareness and ... is that those pursuing SA '20 need to be ready for their interviews by the end of next month. ... screens alone. 2020 FT Info: thecoolkid1234: FT will always late july/early august for networking events ...
  • More suggestions...

Fingers crossed that one of those helps you.

Jun 24, 2019

I'm also applying for 2020 so I'm not exactly sure but I think I have a little more knowledge than you so I'll try to help. VBA should be used practically everywhere in IBs together with R. Technical knowledge should be mainly about risk management, and I guess most BBs do a rotating program.

Jun 29, 2019

what specific content do you mean by "risk management". I feel like knowing what knowledge you need for IBD is way easier cause there are so many sources of information on the Internet.

Jun 24, 2019

you should absolutely be fluent in VBA. Try to build something in excel, and then use VBA to extend and automate everything. Getting data from a variety of sources (web scraping, SQL database, XML files), using loops and if/then statements to implement some kind of business logic (you can make up the logic)...you just want practice so that when somebody gives you a project, you can respond "sure, i know how to do that".

you won't be able to learn this stuff on the job...there won't be enough time...you should be learning this now...it takes time. Having these skills will be a +1 on your candidacy. You need all the other things also (fit, intelligent, etc..) but its a dog eat dog world and you should be doing everything you can to be #1.
Then, learn Python and be able to do the same things, but in ython rather than VBA. Why both? Because you don't know which platform the desk you wind up on will prefer.

just google it...you're welcome

Jun 29, 2019

Alright, thanks. These are the IT skills, but do I need any knowledge of how to trade etc?

Jun 29, 2019
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just google it...you're welcome