MF PE analyst seat out of school?

Will be a freshman at a target (not HYPSW) in the fall, and will be interning at a MM PE firm this summer & throughout freshman year. If you were in my seat, what would you do/what would you have done differently do get to MFPE out of school? I've been trying to learn as much of the technical stuff as possible, and I will definitely be learning that in school as well, and I've also been trying to differentiate myself with my PE internship -- what else should I be doing to really maximize my odds in something as difficult to crack from undergrad as MFPE?

I believe the main places that take analysts are: BX, KKR, Ares, Oaktree, SLP, GA, TPG, LGP, Vista Equity. Really interested in tech, so I am particularly interested in SLP, GA, Vista, but honestly I would be thrilled to work at any of these places much like everyone else I'm sure, and that's not to say the other places don't do tech PE as well. Thanks in advance!

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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
May 7, 2021 - 6:09pm

Makes sense. Would you say 4.0 + top internships + successfully display passion for investing + crush interviews is a near lock for landing a spot at one of those funds, or is it really a complete crapshoot where even with those ingredients it's very hard?

May 7, 2021 - 9:20pm

Would you say 4.0 + top internships + successfully display passion for investing + crush interviews is a near lock for landing a spot at one of those funds

You remind me of myself when I entered college. How do you expect someone on this forum to answer that question? Like yeah obviously someone who "crushes interviews" and displays "passion" will get in, but the whole point is that these things are subjective and depend on how you look during interviews, which no one on this forum can observe. You seem driven. Just do everything right (good GPA, learn technicals, network) and try not to sound like an arrogant hardo during interviews and you will be fine. Even if you don't end up with the job you want, you will end up with something great. Don't stress over these "what are my chances" hypotheticals.

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May 7, 2021 - 6:10pm

I will be a freshman at a target (not HYPSW) in the fall, and will be interning at a MM PE firm this summer & throughout freshman year. I am going into undergrad with the goal of ending up in MF PE after school

I feel so bad for the kids five years from now. They'll be competing with students who interned at MF PE during high school after attending their middle school's Goldman Sachs Insights Series.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 7, 2021 - 7:30pm

If you don't go HYPSW, or at least a lower-tier Ivy like Cornell, your chance of getting those firms you mentioned is slim (probably except for Vista, GA, Ares, and LGP from Notre Dame). You should get all A your freshman year and try to transfer to H/W. But it still is an uphill battle from there; only top kids get there.

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
May 8, 2021 - 11:41am

They literally have a SA program and FT analyst program, and yes I know high up people there

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