How Many Internships is too many

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I am a non-target with a 3.8+ gpa from the midwest who has had previous internship experience with a large late-stage VC firm abroad. I am delaying graduation to pursue internship opportunities for the spring, summer, and fall. I have optained an IB internship with a small boutique in New York, still waiting for summer (I have an offer but wanting a better firm), and a MM IB boutique in Chicago.

How would a recruiter view four internships, with three being investment banking?

Comments (17)

Jan 15, 2019

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Jan 15, 2019

Don't crowd your resume, meaning choose the best ones and expand on your role. Make sure you add an extracurricular or two, and an interest section to make you more "human." No-one wants a finance robot. Do as many as you like, just make sure your resume isn't too crowded and avoid too small of a font size

"If you ain't first, you're last!" - GOAT

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Jan 15, 2019

So do I pursue a summer internship? I have the spring internship in New York and the fall internship in Chicago.

Jan 15, 2019

I would say the summer one is the most important, as that is the most common internship people see. I think two is enough for SA recruiting, taking a whole year off from school is a lot. Don't forget to enjoy college you don't get a time like this again

"If you ain't first, you're last!" - GOAT

Jan 15, 2019

Thank you. Coming from a non-target I definitely think that having four internships, three being investment banking shows that I am determined to pursue investment banking. I have enough resume space for four internships by deleting my part time job, volunteerism, and a few extracurriculars.

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Jan 15, 2019

Would recommend keeping one or two ECs but otherwise looks good, you're right it'll prove your ability and interest

"If you ain't first, you're last!" - GOAT

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Jan 17, 2019

Dude being from a non-target and having ANY IB Internships is a huge deal.
Huge success on that bro. Take a look at your classmates.....how many of them have IB Internships? Very few.

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Jan 15, 2019

right, just a few from Needham & JP Morgan

Jan 23, 2019

OP how did you get so many internships while coming from a non-target?

Sorry I can't answer your question.

Jan 15, 2019

Just determination. Wouldn't give up on emails and follow-ups.

Jan 15, 2019

Jut makes me wonder, I had an interview and he said "I have never seen someone with so many internships" Because I will have 3 (one upcoming) I don't think a summer internship is necessary, thoughts?

Jan 26, 2019

Just curious, do you think having 1 vs 2 boutique IB internships helps significantly? Is it better to target more "bigger name" firms instead of going for IB again?

Jan 15, 2019

Well you need someway to get the bigger names, right? Better start small than have nothing at all. If I don't covert the FT offer from the MM boutique in the fall, well then -__-.

Jan 26, 2019

Makes sense. How did you approach getting the MM boutique off cycle? Is it a well known MM like HW/Jeffereies?