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May 15, 2014

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

May 15, 2014

White house would probably serve to differentiate you more, the SEC might be the most relevant but only if you want to do something like PWM/S&T where most of the regulation is directed. I would go with white house. Seems like a neat experience and it would look interesting on a resume. With a good school and GPA backing you up this would increase the chances of landing an interview. Best of luck!

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May 15, 2014

White House will probably look best on your resume from a "sticking out" perspective. Fed will probably be most interesting work. Would avoid SEC.

May 15, 2014

I would also do the White House, although the work will be pretty boring I imagine. But it'll be a big differentiator when your going for interviews.

May 15, 2014

if it's the new york fed and I want general IB, that. if it's the dallas fed and I want oil & gas, that. if its SF fed and I want tech, that. all of that being said if you clerk for the white house chief of staff or some other BSD, that trumps all. I, too would avoid the SEC like the plague.

May 15, 2014

Whitehouse internship did wonders for Monica Lewinsky.

May 15, 2014

I would say that working at the White House definitely helps with the story part of any interview, it's just a cool experience overall. I am assuming obtaining such an internship requires heavy screening and a good GPA.

Just make sure you have a good reason for "why banking?" since it's the least finance related.

May 15, 2014

I would swiftly throw your resume out if I saw any of these institutions listed, not even kidding. I don't view any of these experiences as positive or even neutral, in fact, I view them as materially negative. I know lot of professionals in SF and Silicon Valley that would also agree, just FYI.

May 16, 2014
Nouveau Richie:

I would swiftly throw your resume out if I saw any of these institutions listed, not even kidding. I don't view any of these experiences as positive or even neutral, in fact, I view them as materially negative. I know lot of professionals in SF and Silicon Valley that would also agree, just FYI.

Because they provide little related experience or because they raise regulatory red flags?

And thanks to all the advice above; it has been very helpful!

May 16, 2014
clippers8200:
Nouveau Richie:

I would swiftly throw your resume out if I saw any of these institutions listed, not even kidding. I don't view any of these experiences as positive or even neutral, in fact, I view them as materially negative. I know lot of professionals in SF and Silicon Valley that would also agree, just FYI.

Because they provide little related experience or because they raise regulatory red flags?

And thanks to all the advice above; it has been very helpful!

Neither, it's much more simple than that, it's because all three are government agencies. On a practical level, I don't want somebody whose professional grey matter, so-to-speak, has already been shaped by some fucked up bureaucratic pit. On a philosophical/moral level, the three camps of people that take these jobs full time are (1) idiots who don't understand the philosophical implications of work in big government, (2) incompetent people who can't secure professional jobs in the private sector, and/or (3) intelligent people that consciously know what they're up to (read: cronies), in general, I'm not particularly keen to have my future interns/co-workers learning from any of these three types of people. I'm not looking to exclusively hire raging anarchists, but for the most part every competent person I've ever worked with will at least give a strong eye-roll at the notion of public sector work.

May 16, 2014

White House. I want to see for myself if reptilians run the county.

Aug 30, 2015

Why avoid the SEC? Wouldn't any BB want to have intern that worked at the SEC and understands the procedures of the SEC to work for them?

Aug 30, 2015

Because the White House is arguably a more interesting experience and there's obviously a larger prestige factor associated with working there.

Aug 30, 2015
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