Crucial Freshman Summer?

Hello.

I am a freshman at McCombs pursuing a career in investment banking, namely energy banking in Houston. The year is about to end and I am on set for a 4.0, but there lies an issue that is causing me quite a bit of distress.

Internships.

I am having trouble finding one, and I am just curious of how crucial it is to have one freshman summer to set one up for IB recruiting. Superday this year is already for the 2019 summer, so there seems to be a pushback and earlier recruiting. How did you guys fare in getting post-freshman year internships?

Thanks

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Mar 11, 2018 - 11:42pm

I know common advice out there is to say chill and enjoy summer, but I think that's outdated, and honestly I don't think you can do that anymore. I think shooting for PWM is a fine goal though for freshman summer, considering that you are going to have to recruit soph spring now for your 2020 junior summer lol. That's an easy transition to make, and if you join clubs, with your 4.0 at McCombs, you should definitely be competitive for recruiting.

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Mar 11, 2018 - 11:50pm

Honestly man, you have to try extra hard to make sure you get one. IB and I think a lot of things in life follow a track; having that internship is just going to make you so much more competitive for things down the line.

Again, I don't think you should have a problem finding one with a 4.0 and if you follow the networking advice on this site. People appreciate the McCombs name, and the GPA is a good signal you're smart. Reach out to alums, network, people obviously know you want an internship, and if you come off as sociable and hardworking, they'll get you to the right places.

Aim small freshman year, you don't need anything amazing. But just having some work experience that shows interest in finance will help tons.

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:56pm

A finance internship would be best but it is not the end of the world if you cannot get one this summer. Another option is to take summer classes to get ahead for later. This would potentially allow you to take a semester off to do a fall or spring internship (I know plenty of people that have done an internship at banks during the semester). At the very least , taking classes now will reduce your course load when recruiting starts so you can focus on that.

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Mar 13, 2018 - 11:04pm

If you have any access to big 4, definitely see if they have any spots left. I interned at one after my freshmen summer, just had to claim I was planning to get my CPA

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:27pm

So I completely agree with the reasoning above that if you do not land a decent internship your freshman summer, make sure you do something fall/spring. I'm currently going through recruiting for summer 2019 and damm it's tough to distinguish candidates. If you have an IB internship and experience under your belt, you're set.

Be smart about this guys. Take like 12 credits and focus on easier classes during the semester you're interning so you can still have a social life. And for people saying relax etc think about this -> you landed a summer for junior year with a good conversion rate and you have 2 years of college to just fuck around, enjoy & travel.

For freshman asking for a plan this is the ideal situation ->

Freshman summer (pwm or F500 company)

Fall semester sophomore year (boutique IB or PE, 12 credits).

Spring semester sophomore year (network, recruit and prep technicals, 12 credits)

Sophomore summer (boutique IB and interview + get offer)

Junior year -> Fuck around, get laid, go travel, study abroad. You can take more credits to make up but honestly at this point as long as you maintain a 3.5+ you're good.

Senior year -> Fuck around, get laid, go travel and blow part of that signing bonus + junior summer saved up $$

Caveat is that your uni should be located in a city that has boutique IBs.

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:51am

Honestly cold email. This is if your parents don't have any contacts.

By pwm I don't mean it has to be in a BB. Financial services or even insurance companies like northwestern mutual work (try and get one on the investing side). Finance/operations/strategy at startups work as well. My brother spun his crappy startup experience into something tangible because he said it introduced him to the VC industry blah blah.

Set targets. 10 emails a day. 10 x 30 days = 300 emails.

Be frank in your emails.

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:26am

I once met someone who wanted an IB gig at Freshman year so bad, he interned at a BB at an emerging market economy for 3 months. For 3 months, he barely did anything IB related but it was a great boost for his resume and helped him land an IB gig consistently afterwards.

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:05am

Reach out to upperclassmen who intern at nearby banks. You do not necessarily have to have an in internship freshman summer. Reach out to the pwn alum in the area just to talk. But tbh, in the 20+ info sessions try to hit it off with a few guys and keep in touch. I saw very few freshmen at the sessions and chats so you will stand out.

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:06am

You can always volunteer or take classes as well in the summer. Just something to do to show more peak performance. If you take 15 hrs in the summer, you can add a minor or make getting a double major easier in the regular school year. 15 = Maymester 3hrs, Summer I, 6hrs, Summer II, 6hrs. 5 classes.

You could do a part time internship on top of that if you found one mid-May or just do Maymester, Summer I and internship etc if you found one late.

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Mar 14, 2018 - 10:15am

I think it'd be good to hear opinions from some certified users.

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Mar 27, 2018 - 1:28am

Get introduced to some of the mm/boutiques nearby and get that internship sophomore year. The deadline is over but consider the abroad internship program or try something local. Set up calls with the people you enjoyed talking to and tell them you'd be more than open to wait till next year because the number of incoming sophomores they take in Houston is very low (only diversity candidates from what I've seen). Keep in touch and they will remember you next cycle and come to you first. It's like that Asian girl who rushes to talk to them at every FREAKING info session. Persistence with genuine intent is what'll land you offers.

TLDR: Upperclassmen will be your route to a post-freshman year internship. Or join relevant clubs (USIT, TUIT, TEG, or finance team of big orgs).

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:01am

Look, everyone on this sight is going to tell you to try and get a finance related internship in your freshman year. Heck, I would too. So go for them. But at the end of the day if you don't get one it's not the end of the world.

I coached biking for my freshman summer, and did an engineering internship for my sophomore summer. Yet even without a finance internship on my resume I still got multiple interviews through OCR (I'm going for an internship on the West Coast).

Yes, finance internships help, but at the end of the day as long as you network and do something somewhat productive with your summers, you will still get looks for interviews. And once you're in that room, all that matters is that you prove your interest in the job.

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