Hi guys....second post here. I've read quite a few topics, but have remained an anonymous poster for the past couple months. Thought I'd finally make an account and would appreciate any advice I could get. I'd really like to apply and hopefully land aas an Investment Associate at for summer 2013. I'm an undergraduate business student at a non-target school. I was wondering if there are any ex or current employees at or anyone knowledgeable in this subject who wouldn't mind sending me a PM or posting any advice you could offer as to how to apply and make myself competitive against the Harvard/Yale/Princeton/Dartmouth/Brown kids that typically targets.
I don't mean for this to a brag-fest and especially since I have no idea any of this will stack up against whatis looking for. I thought I'd post it for anyone who can take the following into account when sharing any advice. So, here is some of my experience/accolades that I think could potentially set me apart...aside from being an business major, I've also won several entrepreneurial competitions. I almost went to work in Israel over the summer (ended up on the waitlist) but ended up doing the another internship instead. As for investments, I manage some money for my parents and friends (around $350,000) employing mostly a value investment philosophy in mostly equities, annualized average return over 3 years is around 22%, and YTD is 44% (and this is after about 35% of the portfolio hasn't moved at all lol yikes). In my personal account, I do a little more with volatility futures and naked options, etc. though.
With all this in mind, does anyone here have any comments/advice regardingor other opportunities I should pursue? I'm a very driven person (as you can probably tell from the previous paragraph) with a somewhat broad range of experiences, but mostly all driven by my entrepreneurial (i hate this word, so overused but I've actually done stuff that can back this up lol) nature. I'm also humble and very open to learning. I know I have much to learn, and I'm really excited to get into the industry.
Any thoughts/comments/advice would be greatly appreciated.