Can I get an internship at a hedge fund?

I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of advice on how to get a spring internship at a hedge fund. I'm in my last year of graduate school and have already accepted an offer for full-time employment, so I'm not looking for a permanent job. I just want to get some exposure to the kind of work that hedge funds do. I don't care that much if I get paid or not. Is this possible to do? What advice do yall have regarding who to approach, how to approach them, etc?

Alternatively, I would be happy to do some kind of work in the S&T space. I understand big banks have organized programs for internships, but I'd be thrilled to join some kind of smaller organization that traded commodities, FX or fixed income securities.

Any advice or guidance is appreciated.

Comments (9)

Dec 12, 2007 - 1:52am

Don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I doubt hedge funds would give you an internship considering you already accepted your full time. Now if you want a temporary job, there are a lot of s&t prop gigs that might be interested.

Dec 12, 2007 - 2:19am

Find a summer HF internship in 2 weeks? (Originally Posted: 04/03/2015)

Hi everyone, so I recently got a PE summer offer from an office abroad. However, I am more inclined to do a summer internship in the States. I think I should probably reply to the previous offer in 2 weeks. Anyone have suggestions how to quickly find a summer HF internship?
Where can I find available HF summer positions for undergrad?
Also I am open to unpaid internships. If anyone needs help with their projects in the summer, feel free to msg me.
Thanks a million :)

Dec 12, 2007 - 2:20am

I think it highly depends on which US city you are based in. If you're in a major city with a finance presence, take an hour to jot down a list of all of the hedge funds (or even mutual funds/Asset Management--same skills) in your area then explore who has taken interns before. LinkedIn is a good resource to check. I think there is also a thread floating around WSO from a few years ago that gives a list by city, do a quick search.

At that point, funnel it down to coffee chats with any alumni at said funds and hope for the best. You'll have a much easier time being flexible to meet in person one a day or two notice around their schedule. Otherwise, the PE internship would be great experience as well. Good luck!

Dec 12, 2007 - 2:21am

Landing an Internship at a Hedge Fund (Originally Posted: 11/04/2008)


I'm currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am extremely interested in interning at a hedge fund this summer in Chicago. I'm interested in any suggestions people have or personal experience in receiving an internship at a hedge fund.

Thank you

Dec 12, 2007 - 2:22am

I need more information:
1.What degree/major are you?
2.What school you go to (generalize, e.g. target,non-target, semi-target)
3.What kind of strategies does the hedge fund use (macro, quant, vol)

4. Size of the fund?
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Dec 12, 2007 - 2:23am

I am double majoring in Finance, Investment, and Banking / Accounting. I'm attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so a non-target school. Regarding strategies and size, I would have preference towards a large macro fund, but I am looking for any opening in any type of fund. I know internships at Hedge Funds aren't easy to obtain, so any help or connections you could give would greatly be appreciated.

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