IB BB internship the best stepping stone to MBB FT?

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Hey all, I'm new to WSO but I've done my due diligence and looked through the forums to see if anyone else had my specific question. Hoping you guys can help.

I'm currently a rising JUNIOR, and really want to land an MBB internship for full-time work. I'm wondering what to do during the summer as a rising SENIOR. I've seen people here recommend an IB BB internship as the best way (since it'll be a very solid brand name on your resume), but I really don't see myself in finance in my career.

Should I just suck it up and try to land an IB BB internship as a rising senior (I'm at a target school, so I'm hoping it won't be unimaginably difficult)? Or should I go for a T2 consulting internship? Or would that not be enough of a brand name for the FT process?

Note: I'm assuming I can't land an MBB internship (which would obviously be the ideal stepping stone) as a rising senior; I've heard the process for that is even harder than the FT process.

Thanks so much in advance!

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Aug 16, 2014

I'd go for a T2 internship over a BB as it indicates a genuine interest in consulting, if you go BB > MBB one of the first questions you'll face is why consulting and not banking? I'm a little confused by rising junior / senior, are you going into your junior or senior year? If Junior year, why not look to secure a MBB internship or T2 internship this summer? I worked in a start-up set up by a former senior MBB consultant, he said internships in MBB are much harder to get than FT positions. Figures I saw before for London are 28% of consulting FT positions are filled by interns, while 70%+ for BB FT roles are filled by interns as they take much greater number of interns.

Aug 16, 2014

In the U.S., "rising junior" means I'll be going into junior year (school starts in September).

Aug 16, 2014

Depending on what target you go to, there might be more MBB internship positions going around than top BB IBD/S&T positions. At my school, GS/JPM/MS each took about half the number of people for front office roles as McKinsey and BCG did.

Aug 16, 2014

The internships I would recommend for MBB FT are T2 consulting, F500 or BB IBD. Anything with a brand name employer will help you get interviews for MBB FT.

Aug 16, 2014
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The internships I would recommend for MBB FT are T2 consulting, F500 or BB IBD. Anything with a brand name employer will help you get interviews for MBB FT.

To reiterate this point what the MBB Senior Consultant told me was all they'll look for in a resume is names they recognise, the work after that isn't that important. That said an IB BB will show you have strong work ethic but it may also call into question are you not pursuing it due to the long hours which MBB also faces.

Aug 16, 2014

Hmm okay this helps a lot guys, thank you. What firms would say constitute T2 consulting?

Aug 16, 2014

T2 consulting is OW, Deloitte, AT Kearney, LEK, Parthenon, Booz.& RB in certain markets.

Aug 17, 2014

Although they don't do as much strategy work Big 4 Consulting would also to be a good name to have on your resume when applying to MBB.

Aug 17, 2014

I made this switch before. Feel free to PM me.

Aug 17, 2014

It's a pretty common move, there were as many MBB interns as IB interns in my class. Did you work on healthcare deals? Just say that you liked the pace but wanted a greater understanding of the companies whose deals you were working on, or some shit like that. The IB will be good because it implies you're Excel-capable and have a good understanding of quant.

Aug 17, 2014
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