HS Senior Received internship offers from McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, BOA and Navigant

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Hi,

I am a high school senior who received internship offers from McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Navigant Capital Advisors (through family connections). Which one should I choose? My current rank is in this order: McKinsey, Goldman, NCA, BOA. Any advice will be appreciated.

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Apr 20, 2009

Dude, with connections that good, you could do nothing for four years and still have your pick of full time employment. Your order is about spot on, the choice is really between goldman and mckinsey. Either one is golden, it really depends on if you want to do banking or consulting, but even if you change your mind you'll be positioned for an easy switch. would it be possible to split your summer between the two?

Apr 20, 2009

who the hell is your dad? paulson?

Apr 20, 2009

wouldn't it not be good to use all your connections now because they may not be willing to help you out after you turn them down...

Apr 20, 2009

Holy crapola. ...Elise Geithner? lol

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Apr 20, 2009

let one of us have the offers you turn down.

Apr 20, 2009

You did fool 5 morons on this thread though.

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Apr 20, 2009
giocatoredoro:

You did fool 5 morons on this thread though.

Obviously it's doubtful, but if it isn't it merits a constructive response. If it is bullshit, what do I care if I got fooled?

Apr 20, 2009

Giocatoredoro, you don't have to believe me if you don't want to.

I'm not going to reveal my dad's identity. Obviously its personal.

Bhahaha, I'm interested in starting my own company after I graduate from college. So whichever one that can provide with the most skills is the one I'll choose.

As for roles, for GS: analyst and McKinsey, Business Analyst

Apr 20, 2009

I don't call BS. I know a guy who did the following:
1) HS Summer after Senior ~ Wachovia IBD
2) Freshman Summer - BOA IBD
3) 2nd Semester Sophomore Year & Summer - some BB
4) Lazard - Junior Summer

It's all about connections, nothing else matters.

Apr 20, 2009

BOA. Very strong competitive position, great capital base, amazing culture & huge profits.

Apr 20, 2009
you-down-with-SEC:

BOA. Very strong competitive position, great capital base, amazing culture & huge profits.

HAHAHAHAH; you should do stand up comedy immediately!

Apr 20, 2009

I am calling BS. Family with such good connections most likely knows people who can give helpful advices about future career. Instead he asks a bunch of anonymous kids over internet.

Apr 20, 2009
PussInBoots:

I am calling BS. Family with such good connections most likely knows people who can give helpful advices about future career. Instead he asks a bunch of anonymous kids over internet.

Yeah, but now he has to figure out which family member to reject, and then make any subsequent family get-together very awkward.

Apr 20, 2009

Wow... the intelligence of this forum goes down exponentially.

Apr 20, 2009

you should work at the local ice cream shop

Apr 20, 2009

No chance they're front office, so who cares?

Apr 20, 2009

assuming this is not BS...

i would take mckinsey if your interest really lie in starting your own company. there you'll be able to see how people think about corporate strategy, and maybe get some insight before you take some college classes (and get more out of it as a consequence). i'm not sure that the skills you could get at an internship in goldman would really be as tangible if you really want to do your own thing immediately after college

on the other hand, you could "save" your mckinsey internship for later when you can appreciate it more and start w/ goldman and do mckinsey next year (assuming you'll be able to get it next year)

where are you going to go to school?

Apr 20, 2009
monito:

where are you going to go to school?

Come on man, it's listed right on his profile - University of Michigan: HONORS. That is what makes this believable. Only a high school kid would list that he is in the honors school as if it matters.

Apr 20, 2009
drexelalum11:
monito:

where are you going to go to school?

Come on man, it's listed right on his profile - University of Michigan: HONORS. That is what makes this believable. Only a high school kid would list that he is in the honors school as if it matters.

my bad

Apr 20, 2009

What is this? No preferred admissions to Ross?

Apr 20, 2009

I am preadmitted to Ross.

Apr 20, 2009

Rogue11, very nice options you have there, you are fortunate. I'm a freshman in undergrad and I would take Goldman Sachs, great place, my cousin is a VP there (maybe if he was MD he could get me an internship hah). It's up to you, you have many more summers to try out whatever suits your fancy. I am also considering joining/starting a start-up after graduating as an alternative to finance.

Anyways, stick around Wall Street Oasis, tell us how the internship went.

Apr 20, 2009

thanks for your advice putz.

Apr 20, 2009

No way this guy is gonna work in front office.

Apr 21, 2009

I find it hard to believe you have such a wide net as a senior in high school. I guess it is possible to get something at one of those places if your dad is on the mgt committee or something, but is very unlikely you have that personal of contacts at each of them to go to bat for a senior in high school.

Even as a junior in college senior contacts don't necessarily help that much unless you know eachother very well or you are relatives. Then again I find it hard to believe someone would come on here to say that for the sake of saying that.

Are these in NYC and what are the positions (besides saying analyst that doesn't really tell us anything) and we can't help you w/o more info.

Apr 21, 2009

Are these unpaid positions? I know sometimes, people do give out unpaid internships like those.

Apr 21, 2009

Although its unlikely, the kid's situation is definitely possible if the family friend or relative is at a C-level position in one of the major firms.

Regarding OP's situation, I'd go with McKinsey or Goldman. No honest reason to work at the other two since the former two are the best in class at their respective industries. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, I'd say McKinsey unless you're going to be working at something like the SF office of GS. THen you could argue that the contacts you develp that way are much more useful to you in the long-term.

Apr 21, 2009

in case this isn't BS:

i would say the most important criterion for your ranking should be whether you're actually going to be doing something. There's a pretty good chance that, even if you take GS, you end up doing coffee/lunch/red bull runs 8 hours a day. in that case, the only advantage of your internship is that you get to put it on your resume, which doesn't really matter if you really do have the connections you claim to have. so the real question is, at which one of those places will you actually learn something?

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Apr 21, 2009

Some guys are just lucky...
If this is true then it doesn't matter. You can take any single one of these as you have plenty more summers to experience other positions which I believe your connections will keep on getting you.

Apr 21, 2009

GS all the way. Great gym and food.

Apr 21, 2009

If you really have such connections then your family must be loaded with cash. Ask your dad for $30,000 and go party somewhere for the entire summer with your high school friends.

Are you seriously considering spending your best years working and taking orders from some ego-maniacs for 10 weeks during the summer?

Enjoy life - Carpe Diem!

If you want to open your own business then do it. You don't need any of those experiences to be successful unless you need the capital; you just need to be disciplined and work hard.

Reject them all and go tell your parents that you want to enjoy your summers until at least your sophomore year.

Apr 21, 2009

^^^Best advice. If you have those connections, you must be loaded, and I see no reason to do finance now when you can just party the summer away. There's still time for work.

Apr 21, 2009

^^^Best advice. If you have those connections, you must be loaded, and I see no reason to do finance now when you can just party the summer away. There's still time for work.

Apr 21, 2009

?? ...you definitely do not need to be loaded to have connections! I McKinsey would be an awesome place to have as a foundation for the resume.

Apr 21, 2009

lol. just enjoy life. seriously.
there's really no upside to interning so early other than having to do it again next summer. and those internships have little to do with starting your own company.

Apr 21, 2009

My man I wouldn't waste my time at your age with any of them. Ditch Ross, and do CS and start building your company now. Think about it: most entrepreneurs start after school and starve for two years. Just take all the classes that would help in building your company and BUILD IT on your parents and Michigan's dime! Do the McKinsey internship the summer before grad. and see how your company stakes up and use that make your company even better. Enter your biz in Techstars and Y combinator (google them if you don't know) right after school and bam your golden. But MOST importantly party it up with your friends and all those great co-ed's. This summer get your loaded dad to rent you a beach house on the lakes up there and bring all your friends and throw parties every night.

Apr 21, 2009

This kid will be doing models and bottles by the time hes a sophomore possibly this summer when he's playing spin the bottle with his HS friends at night. I hope your somewhat good looking kid..........i hope they call you shit stain at work (Im jealous)

Apr 22, 2009

All it takes is for the OP's family friend or family member to have been either an analyst at like UBS LA or Mckinsey 10 years or so ago. Now they have climbed the ladder, and they have friends from their original analyst class in all the said places. He invited the kid to a poker game or some outing and they all like'd him and asked about his future.

I would take navigant for this summer, would be fun to apart of a top restructuring team. I am sure you can goto goldman next summer, ant so on...

Apr 22, 2009

I don't get it.
Mckinsey doesn't offer even junior year internships in London (only MBA internships) but in the US they can afford to have a high school kid run amok ??

Apr 22, 2009

It's obviously a special case, but with the right connections, anything is possible.

Apr 22, 2009

Is this all some giant joke? You all realize this is completely, 100% fake right? That all of you are giant morons? Jesus fucking christ - stop jerking off to brand names.

Apr 29, 2009
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