I am beginning to look at MBA programs (targeting top 10 schools, ideally will land in a top 5 school) but, before I invest $150k and forego two years of salary, I obviously want to gather as much information as possible. I am currently working at a boutiquefirm that specializes in technology and restructuring projects for F500 clients (anything from building a data warehouse, which is largely tech, to restructuring a company in the wake of an acquisition, which is largely tradition S&O). While I like it, and while it's a 50/50 blend of traditional strategy work and technology work (which I find interesting), the pay is definitely less than Wall Street offers and I'm as shallow as most people in this world whether I like to admit it or not. I've been targeting traditional management consulting positions for a post-MBA career ( , , Booz....), but am also thinking of IB on the side. My question is - is it common for banks, either , to target students from top MBA programs with no IB experience? I know you're fine coming from MBB, but the name on my resume is not nearly as well known, although the school will be. The other main reason I ask is that it seems the best strategy to securing an MBA Associate internship is through contacting banks/networking BEFORE the MBA program even begins.
Again, I know it's possible, so don't tell me "just try hard and you'll get it." I'm asking whether or not it is COMMON. Playing the odds here.