Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this. I appreciate even more anyone who decides to contribute. So the situation is the following-
I was just confirmed to attend an "Undergraduate Investment Clinic" for undergraduate students in New York City on January 7th. The 9-hour session is said to include:
Insight into the Private Equity and Real Estate Investment landscape and insight into the relevant macro and micro-economic trends
Discussions with Private Equity and Real Estate professionals regarding the "art of investment" and metrics on maximizing deal value
Practice case studies to develop investment opinions and technical skills to get ahead of the curve
Networking with investors: Limited partners, General Partners, and Key firm decision makers.
So that is what the event consists of. The reason as to why I am posting this today is because I want to hear everyone's opinion on how I can get the maximum use out of this opportunity. I am sure you will all agree with me in believing that any face time is good face time and that there is almost always something someone wants to hear and that one idea or series of ideas can persuade and ultimately convince. So experienced PE associates and industry leaders, what would I be able to do, convey, and say during this event which could drive you to want to connect with me? I will post a link to another discussion I have started regarding myself and my profile as a student with interests in the financial markets but briefly speaking on the matter: I have internship experience as an Emerging Markets Equity Research Summer Analyst at a South American Brokerage firm, I have read several fun books on PE including Barbarians at the Gate and Kings of Capital, I manage a small fund, I trade Equity options, Speak Spanish and French and am well connected in South America (Not much help here). Furthermore, My interest and venture into the world of finance in the USA has lead me to tour the NYSE, receive a super day invitation from Goldman Sachs securities and BAML and has lead me to meet Bloomberg economist, Richard Yamarone. The big catch here, however, is that I did not end up receiving an offer to intern for this coming Summer with neither one of these firms nor any other bank that I applied to. Finally, the unfortunate reality here is that my GPA is also below a 3.5. Now I am still hopeful as I have gotten this far but I am in need of some help in thinking of what I can do to stand out to the individuals I will meet next week.
So the question is, what do you think I can do on January 7th to receive an offer to interview with Carlyle Group, Alkeon Capital Management, or Westbrook partners for a summer internship position. I refuse to allow this opportunity to result in a simple meet and greet. I can elaborate more on the "why PE" questions if necessary as I have put a decent amount of thought into them.
We're going for a Hail Mary pass here gentlemen.