I am about to start as an analyst at a fixed income hedge fund focused on relative value strategies. Its unclear to what extent I will get experience doing fundamental research, but it seems like I won't be doing a lot of it. I have a few months of free time this summer before I start work and am looking for a way to ensure my modelling skills are as good as those of my friends going into banking. What can I do besides practicing putting together models to ensure that this is the case? How can I prove to long/short equity hedge funds that I am worthy of interviewing and that I can carry out the kind of financial analysis they need? Is there anything in particular that I can do this summer that can signal my interest and ability, and help me with this? Thank you for your help.