Classmate summered at Big Tech in SF from ultra non-target with no exp, how?



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Feb 23, 2021 - 12:59am

ooo you jelly

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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  • Prospect in S&T - Other
Feb 23, 2021 - 9:30am

Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎

ooo you jelly

not really as we are targeting different fields, I went into finance and got my return offer but I can see why many people would be jelly. Just trying to determine in hindsight if my classmate should have gone for something more local and attainable for a FT return than gun for something that seems too good to be true because it was unprecedented in our school's history.

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Feb 23, 2021 - 6:56pm

Non-target for finance or for tech specifically? Looking at non-US schools strong in tech beyond the obvious (ETH/EPFL, Imperial/Oxbridge, Waterloo, TUM, IITs etc.), there's a decent number that would not get a look in for finance but are very strong for FAANG. University of Bucharest comes to mind, often sending interns straight to Silicon Valley, but a number of Eastern European schools score well in this respect.

It's definitely not unheard of for people from top target international schools for tech to intern with FAANG in California. Would be interested to know if your definition of target is based on finance/QS World Rankings or on actual FAANG targets (or Tesla or whoever). If it's the latter and there's no FAANG recruitment there, then do you mind sharing where that school is? Some places (e.g. Middle East) connections are likely to get you further.

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Feb 23, 2021 - 7:14pm

Thanks for a proper response. It's non-target for both tech and finance actually. The undergrad university is named after a small town that many have not heard of. they are mostly known for farming and agriculture since the university is surrounded by farmland. It is ranked probably in the 50th percentile in the country  

  • Prospect in PE - Other
Feb 23, 2021 - 7:29pm

Seems bizarre then. As said, I know of a decent number of people from some of those target universities that I listed who have interned there, often having interned the summer before in their home country but sometimes directly (or directly through an industrial placement). So there's definitely foreign hiring. But for example in the UK, the Californian internships seem to be pretty much restricted to Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and (sometimes) Edinburgh; even UCL and Warwick seem to be impossible. So seems really strange that a student at a low-ranked university would get it.

  • Prospect in S&T - Other
Feb 24, 2021 - 10:47am

Nah, we were really jammed during our first-year curriculum with school-assigned extracurriculars and volunteer work. Plus, there would be students who have their own side projects at T15/M7 as well. 

Feb 24, 2021 - 11:13am

Because tech companies don't care where you went to school (or even if you did go to school).

They just care if you've built something, done enough Lertcode problems, and can easily pick up on engineering and PM jargon 

  • Prospect in S&T - Other
Feb 24, 2021 - 11:31am

It was a non-tech managerial role (no programming/engineering) geared towards graduate management students. The other interns in that cohort were all from ivy or T15.

  • Prospect in S&T - Other
Feb 24, 2021 - 12:03pm


Yeah, you're definitely jealous mate. Or else why bother creating a whole thread on your classmate?

The thread is more understanding why firms pull stunts like this. 


Feb 24, 2021 - 11:52am

This thread is pretty cringe. 

Maybe your friend is a stud who went to a non-target undergrad for financial reasons? 

Maybe your friend just interviews super well and networks aggressively? 

Maybe your friend's dad is important, or at least knows someone? 

Most importantly, maybe you should just be happy for your friend and work your ass off to get something similar for yourself. 

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