I have been reading WSO forums for about a year and they have been very helpful. This is my first post and I hope to get a response. I am currently a Junior at Baruch college in NYC. I have not been able to secure an IB internship for the summer. I am starting to freak out because on this site it gives the general feel of "SA internship in junior year or your shit".
Why have I failed to secure an internship? It is most likely my shitty gpa.
Background info: I am the son of two immigrant parents who could not afford to send me to college. Fortunately, I received a sports scholarship to a no name school in Vermont. I attended that school for two years before realizing I would need to transfer if I wanted to pursue IB. So I transferred to baruch(low tuition). I basically screwed up my first year at this school because my head wasn't right( parents divorced, best friend since 8yo died).. I am not looking for pity, just explaining my situation.
Anyway now in my Junior year, my cum gpa is a mere 2.7 but my Business school/major gpa should be a 3.7 after this semester. I had an internship at a real estate firm last summer(minimal finance experience) but besides that I do not have any internships/experience. I have been reaching out to alum on Linkedin and trying my best to network. I have applied to every online app through "career center, craigslist, indeed, etc". I am also starting to cold email boutique banks.
My questions are:
Is it too late? Am I being too hopeful/ naive thinking I will get a summer internship by cold emailing?
What are my options? Should I forget about IB, if so, what direction should I pursue in my situation?
Do I still have a chance in the finance world? I want to be able to secure a job with the opportunities and pay similar to IB.
Once again, I am not looking for pity and I am deff not looking to be trolled because of my grammar/spelling lol. I wrote this on the way to class.
Please I am looking for any genuine advice
Thanks so much