I created an account because I need some help with really setting up my future, and unless I'm both dumb as a brick + can't search forums well, there aren't any posts on this whole website that I've found that address my specific issue. I need help figuring out how to land a top FLDP at a non-target school.
For some background, I'm a first-gen college student so I've been figuring everything out myself. I took some rough science classes that I didn't do well in but my current cumulative GPA is 3.75. I found a passion for finance last semester when I was taking my intro to finance class and I've decided that I want to do corporate finance when I graduate in a couple of years because of how interesting the work sounds to me. I've learned that the best path for me is to do an FLDP at a top blue-chip company like a FAANG company or General Mills or something because of my future goals of a top MBA. I realize that I'll need to do other wild things like starting 20 NGOs in Africa to stand out, but I'm focusing on this for right now.
Here's my predicament: BYU's biggest recruiters are Big 4 firms + GS for IB and I don't currently want to go either of those routes. I don't have a solid string of internships doing anything finance-related because I've been studying random crap over the last couple of years, so I'd be picked off by the algorithms that top F500s employ to mass-reject applicants anyways. With all of this against me, I'm afraid that I won't have a solid chance at a good junior-year internship, which kinda screws me for FLDPs. I know that Apple, for example, has tens of thousands of people who apply to each internship. If you don't intern with them in your junior year, they don't even look at your resume for their FLDP. I'm also a straight white male who isn't a veteran, so I'm the epitome of non-diverse.
I'm doing a remote IB internship right now where I support both buy- and sell-side deals, so I do help with some modeling but I want corporate experience to gain transferrable skills. I also did an internship last semester that I've spun into corporate finance experience. I'm currently working through the WSP modeling courses just for the cert, I'm working on keeping my grades up, I'll be learning Tableau + VBA + SQL in a class from April-June, but there aren't many ways to put that on a resume because it's a class.
I got to the final 3 for an FP&A internship with a fast-growing Utah company because of my networking, but I got cut yesterday so that didn't help. Most corporate companies around here that are big enough to have interns don't hire you unless you're a junior, because they want you to come back and work for them next year.
Please help me. How the hell do I land a solid junior-year corpfin internship + a solid FLDP coming from a non-target school when nobody will give me a sophomore internship?
Thank you all; any responses will be sincerely appreciated because I have almost nobody to help me.
TLDR; How the hell do I land a solid junior-year corpfin internship + a solid FLDP coming from a non-target school when nobody will give me a sophomore internship?