I'm a junior at a West Coast university (top 40) and I've been considering the federal reserve research assistant program since last year. It's 2 years and it's mostly pure economic research with statistics, econometrics, etc. Right now, I have a 3.75 GPA and have taken Calc and linear algebra. Will be taking real differential eq and real analysis series through this year and senior year. Familiar with STATA and R.
I don't have any finance experience. I worked as a sustainability consultant and IT help desk just to pay the bills. However, I do have about a 6 months of econ research assistant on my resume.
The reason I'm asking is because I've lately been attracted to finance because of the really lucrative salaries but I don't think I can secure a good internship or job especially b/c I don't have finance experience plus being a nontarget. With a good GMAT score and 2 years of that under my belt, what do you think my chances would be at an M7 school? Overall, dumb plan or doable?