Due to some extenuating circumstances combined with an exploding offer, I accepted a 2020 SA position at a top MM bank (Baird/Blair/HL). I'm at a target with a good GPA and decent extracurriculars, and I can't help but feeling like I settled a little bit. To make matters worse, I recently got a super day invite to a BB (bottom tier BB) but declined due to already having signed my offer (and I am not ok with reneging) and got a first round invitation from a top tier EB (again, declined).
Considering exit ops down the road, I've decided I'm going to do this internship, kick ass, get a return offer, and go through FT recruiting. How hard is it to go through FT recruiting with a solid SA experience, a return offer (hopefully), and a strong resume? How does it compare to SA recruiting?
I've heard that just having a banking internship will set me apart from most of the pack, especially with a return offer, as you are competing against kids without return offers or without banking experience. Is this the case? I understand there are a lot fewer spots available, so what are my chances at a top tier BB (GS, JPM, MS) or a top EB (Evercore, PJT, etc)? What can I do over the next year to best prepare myself?