I completed my UG in computer science in June 2017. Started my MSF at a non-target in the Midwest in Sep 2017 and estimated graduation is December 2018. I currently have a 3.8 GPA, am active in clubs/case competitions, am interning at a tiny PE firm.
This summer, I'm interning in Denver in valuations. After that, I'll finish up my degree while applying to BB firms; however, this puts me in a weird spot for 2019 FT recruitment. I'm not an undergrad, so that seems to take me out of consideration for most summer analyst programs. I'm not an MBA and I don't have much work experience, so I don't think I can apply to associate programs.
- I hustled a lot and graduated early, so I'll complete my MSF at age 21
- I'm an Asian female who grew up in a tiny town in New Mexico (diversity points??)
- Lots of experience all over the place (maybe a downside?) - IT Support, Teaching Assistant, Marketing Intern, Business Development, 6 years of competitive debate, 2 years of competitive mock trial, 2 years of being a resident assistant in UG, University ambassador
To some degree, coming from a non-target school with a non-finance background makes me feel hopelessly locked out of the industry (at least on a BB level). Even with what feels like decent qualifications, our career advisors seem to steer students away from shooting for the best. I don't want to work at a boutique local bank. I'll be happy at a MM, but am willing to put in the effort to get into a BB.
I've already been cold calling and networking with 30+ alumni who work at GS/JPM/Citi/etc. Everyone at a BB from a non-target seem to be ex-interns who converted. Any advice on how to approach recruitment and how to strengthen my resume in the meantime? Are there any specific firms that I'll have a better shot at? Should I quit now and settle for a boutique because I'm behind in the game?