I will be graduating from a non-target (George Mason) this coming spring with no internships. I have been working full time for an Allstate agency as a producer over the last several years which has allowed me to pay all of my tuition upfront. I am also 100% financially independent (rent, food, everything else) at just 22, so leaving my job to do an internship and then coming back to have no job was not a viable option for me the last two summers. I will be graduating with a 3.77 GPA with a B.S. Finance and will be sitting for the CFA level 1 this coming June.
I want to go into equity research/analysis/valuation but almost all opportunities I have looked at require some sort of experience such as prior internships or 1 -3 years of experience in the industry. With classes just winding down, I am also late to applying for a lot 2018 graduate positions as most BB and MM applications have already closed.
I am very motivated to succeed and feel I possess the necessary analytical and valuation (DFC, market comparables, etc.) skills, but I feel I am a step behind and I really don't even know where to look with most applications being closed already. Any advice as to what companies to look at that anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.