I'll be a sophomore this fall looking to either get into consulting or investment banking. I'm leaning more towards consulting, but I want to explore more during the school year. My school would be considered a semi-target for IB, and not sure for consulting but there's not MBB recruiting and a large Big 4 presence for consulting roles.
This summer, I'm interning with an independent wealth management firm. I'm in a small town, and since there's not really official programs for freshman students, I just reached out to pretty much every financial adviser or firm in the area and only got one response cause it was kinda late. Several responded though, saying that I could interview for next summer.
One of these is an accounting/consulting firm that might be around top 10-20 in size for accounting and has an office in my city and the other is a commercial development firm in our local region. I'm wondering how doing one of these would compare to trying to get an internship at a bigger company in a major financial city like NYC. Does name/location or experience matter for freshman/summer internships? For example, will my PWM internship with a small independent firm look "lesser" compare to someone that did a PWM internship at say, Merril Lynch or MS even if its the same work? I would really like to get that consulting internship, but I'm not sure if I should be trying to slowly start networking more in NYC instead of staying in my small town for these summers now.