Need help choosing between internships

Hey everyone,

I have several interviews for internships between February and June. There is a caveat; I am a heavyweight rower and need to be in the boat at 19:00~ every day, and often in the early mornings as well. As such I cannot do a consulting or "serious" banking internship during this period. I have several interviews this months, as listed below, but I am not sure how to pick the best one (assuming I get it). F.i. at the BB I cannot work as late as at the MM offer; should this influence my decision? I worried that I will not get a good recommendation if I am first one out of the office. The positions are:

LevFin at the BB I interned at last summer (then M&A division).
+ Brand name
- Travel time (60 mins), so short hours

Capital Markets at a MM
+ Travel time is very short (10 mins), so longer hours (even some weekend work)
+ More relaxed atmosphere than at BB
- Weaker brand name

Marketing at a F50
+ Marketing seems quite cool, and I think would learn a lot of new things
+ Company is fucking cool
- Travel time (40 mins), so short hours

Business Development at a F1000
+ Travel time is very short (10 mins), so long hours
+ Fun work
+ Great people
- Lack of brand name

corporate finance at F50
+ Travel time is very short (10 mins), so long hours
+ I study finance and have finance work experience, so I should perform well

As all these internships are for a relatively short time, and my main aim is to position myself optimally for the job market when I graduate, I consider any "fun factor" to be pretty unimportant. That said, the BB offer seems the least fun of the five positions due to the intense culture (I doubt working 9-5 will be appreciated, even if agreed upon).

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Comments (15)

Jan 16, 2015 - 4:25pm

I'm 21 years old with a BA from a European LAC. I'm currently doing a pre-masters economics, because I took mainly law and statistics courses during my BA. Hoping to work at MBB, T2 consulting or top corporates (e.g. business development at a F50). I applied to LSE/Oxbridge and have a reasonable shot of getting in; if I do not get in I will do my masters at the same university I am currently doing my pre-masters. Does that help? Thanks a lot for your response man!

Jan 18, 2015 - 6:20am

I see rowing is important to you, but you need to start figuring out how much. This long/short hours pro/con is cray imo. Your priority is rowing and then getting a solid internship?

If rowing is priority #1 then I would go for the corporate finance at F50 or the biz dev role

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Jan 18, 2015 - 6:44am

Rowing is the highlight of my day, and I've never been as happy as since I started rowing. During the season rowing is indeed priority #1; for summer I will try to get the very best internship I can irrespective of the hours. @mezzaninestrat: Did you pick the CF and biz dev roles because it allows me to work longer hours? Do you think those extra hours are going to be more valuable than a stronger brand name?

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:22am

I assumed you would want to apply for MBB after your Msc.

I chose that because:
1) you already have the BB name from last year and the corporate role will be a nice mix
2) you are likely to perform well
3) I do not see how you are going to pull off leaving at 6pm at a BB. I honestly doubt you would get an offer from them with the time issue. If you get asked in the MBB interview why you didn´t get an offer, what will you say? I needed to be out of the office by 6pm?

Jan 18, 2015 - 5:08pm

I'd recommend you interview for MBB summer internships if that is truly what you want to do. It's such a gamble to do anything else hoping you can jump in it for full-time.

If you get it, then you need to have a good talk to yourself. Rowing is something you love and something you see potential in, but do you want to let it hold you back from exactly what you wanted and the great opportunities it provides? Perhaps you are a world class athlete and you can forget what I say, but at some point you have to realize you gotta grow up and focus as much on your career. Doing anything less is giving yourself excuses to fail.

If you don't get it, then pursue the other opportunities you stated that works best with your rowing schedule. corporate finance or marketing at F50 sound impressive and if you network during the summer, you could get FT interviews. You'd just have to frame your story to something other than, oh, I didn't do consulting because I wanted to row. If you were in the junior Olympics or high class team, people would understand, but it would be hard if you just wanted to stick to it to live your college glory days

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:47am

It'll be hard to have the heart-to-heart talk with myself about my potential in rowing - but you've convinced me to do so. Thank you for your response - especially the living the college glory days hits the nail on the head. It's very fun to walk around as a succesfull heavyweight rower (and get all the ass that comes with it) but it's not mature to do that if it interferes with my career. I've written down your point on the interview; I would've have thought it to be the case, but several posters have pointed it out so I will assume you to be right and me to be wrong. SB'd.

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