Internship at a small hedge fund

Hi everyone,

I am an international student in a non-target school MS-finance program in the US pursuing a career in equity research. I have a summer internship offer from a small (capped at $250 MM) long-short small-mid cap focused hedge fund in upstate new york.

My initial plan was to break into the sell side and then try to move to buy side after a few years, but luckily I landed this internship. Given that I am an international and have never worked in the US, what I want to understand is how valuable is an experience in a small fund? If I would want to move to a bigger fund later on, mainly because of the need for visa sponsorship, will this experience help me do that?

I would really appreciate your guys help.

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