No internship freshman summer?

Hey guys,

I just completed my freshman year and I don't have a finance-related internship lined up for the summer. I've been cold emailing boutique PE/IB firms but haven't gotten any responses.

The thing is I actually did intern with a search fund during my spring semester for about 4-5 months but the search wrapped up (wouldn't recommend doing an off-cycle internship again btw unless you're a god at time management). I don't want to intern with a search fund again since I want to explore new experiences but if I'm unable to find anything for this summer, I'm worried what interviewers will think when they see nothing on my resume for my freshman summer.

I know I might be acting paranoid about this since I already did something finance-related my freshman year but is it really a big problem going into recruiting next year if I can't land another internship for this summer? Should I just do another common bs freshman internship like a PWM or another search fund just for the sake of having something for the summer? Are there any other internships I could try to go for? I don't want recruiters thinking I'm lazy or unmotivated.

Thanks in advance

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Comments (4)

May 26, 2021 - 6:09pm

Bro just enjoy freshman year. Get literally anything u can at this point. Sophomore year is a bit more important, just look for something to leverage into a SA for junior year. You'll be fine so long as you do the things that everyone on here advise (Aka networking, resume building, clubs, etc)

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May 26, 2021 - 7:50pm

It's not the end of the world. Just try and get something next summer. I didn't have anything either and I wasn't able to land anything sophomore summer (because of corona) had to settle for a part time IS role during the school year which was unpaid. Granted I'm not in IB, but it shouldn't set you back too bad.

May 27, 2021 - 8:18am

It may not be too late to do a study abroad for the summer. Looks good for the resume and you won't have any free summers for it later.

Not sure if they are back on due to Covid but may be worth looking into.

Also some look into some coding boot camps. You can never go wrong telling someone you spent a summer learning to code.

Just don't waste it being a bus boy at some restaurant and it'll be fine.

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