Do I even stand a chance

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I have a strong interest in making the attempt to break into Investment Banking, such as M&A and ECM. Since I go to a non-target school, I believe this will be a challenge. I am a sophomore doubling in Finance and Public Accounting with a minor in Econ, and hold a 3.7 GPA. My extra curricular activities include Acting Director of Finance at my fraternity, member of American Red Cross Club and hopeful future treasurer, and I also have future plans of becoming an RA at my school. I am also in the process of creating a finance/stock investment club at my school with several of my peers. I have recently been selected to work on a research project with a professor in our accounting and finance department that take place over the course of the next two years, and will be presented in Chicago in 2017, to the North American Accounting Society, with high hopes that our work will be published.

I will be interning at the United States Department of Treasury: Fiscal Service starting this summer, which will continue throughout college if I so choose. The internship will involve me analyzing complex financial transactions, generation of financial reports and models, decision making and taking proper actions for transactions, ensuing compliance with certain regulations, and reviewing accuracy and making necessary adjustments.

Does anyone have any advice? Do I stand a legitimate shot breaking into the IB world?

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Feb 27, 2015

Nope, sorry.

Feb 27, 2015

How so?

Feb 27, 2015

yes

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Feb 27, 2015

yes

Feb 27, 2015

I think you personally feel like you have a shot, and I would agree. Good gpa and good extras. Just work hard, network, and reap the reward. Best of luck!

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Feb 27, 2015

not sure if srs or troll..
EDIT: all you did was shoot off a bunch of your credentials with no substance supporting your question

Feb 27, 2015

If your user name is a Drake reference, kill yourself

Feb 27, 2015
CRE:

If your user name is a Drake reference, kill yourself

It's not. I was being called Dreezy long before him

Feb 27, 2015
Dreezy:
CRE:

If your user name is a Drake reference, kill yourself

It's not. I was being called Dreezy long before him

You can live, then

Feb 27, 2015

@Dreezy....
First: Congratulations on your current accomplishments and drive. DO NOT SLACK! Their will be challenges and that is ok. Just learn from them but do not give up.

Second: WSO is full of Non-Target to BB examples that should provide you with enough confidence that you can ram your head through a wall and ask for a beer afterwards.

Third: Seek and build your network now and never forget that your professors are also a networking resource.

Fourth: Crush your internship. It is giving you a unique experience that few seek out which will make you stand out over other candidates.

Good Luck.

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

Feb 27, 2015

How long should I ride this internship out exactly? As I said, this internship can last all of college, and pays extremely well and has a career option which u eould use as my plan D. Would I be wise to stick with it all the way or seek other inters hip offers for the summer of 2016?

Mar 2, 2015

@"Dreezy"
You are a sophomore and you have to be truthful with yourself about what your true career desires are. If IB is what you truly want then use this internship as leverage.

For the summer of 2016 ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY go for an IB internship. I am not in IB but I can tell you truthfully that you are already a leg up over a lot of folks just by doing an internship as a sophomore while in school and having your current GPA.

No one nor a class room environment will teach you hard work, balancing work life balance and most of all will you be ready to learn while drinking from a fire hose. This is a good opportunity.

What is your geographic location? That may play a factor as to who you can reach out to. Have you engaged your Alumni network? These are things that you need to start looking at along with everything else.

Also reach out to folks on WSO....there are so many guys and gals here that will help you as long as you reach out and have a good story.

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

Feb 27, 2015

How long should I ride this internship out exactly? As I said, this internship can last all of college, and pays extremely well and has a career option which u eould use as my plan D. Would I be wise to stick with it all the way or seek other inters hip offers for the summer of 2016?

Feb 27, 2015

You should change your picture...

Feb 27, 2015

It really boils down to you. If you really want a career in IB, then do everything you possibly can. In your case, network the shit of your schools' alumni base and reach out to other IB professionals.

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Feb 28, 2015

if you tell yourself you dont have a shot, of course you will not have it...

Feb 28, 2015

Anyone has a shot of breaking into IB, it just depends on how badly you want it. Keep your head down and network like a baws! Sorry I can't give you more tailored advice; I tend to get lost in the realms of US recruitment.

Bitch please, I love bananas! If you found my advice useful, hit me up with one.

Mar 1, 2015
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