No internship sophomore year

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Hi everyone!
I am a sophomore at a target school with a 3.65 GPA majoring in Finance and Comparative Literature (3 languages). I've tried getting an internship for this summer but to no avail. My low GPA, lack of finance-related extracurricular activities, and a rather useless internship experience in sales and marketing last summer (outside of the US) certainly do not help my case. I am still trying to find a spot for the summer; however, my chances seem to be rather grim. As I only began considering banking/consulting as a career path last semester, I failed to join useful student organizations. Is it too late for me to pursue Finance? Although I have connections from high school (top-3 boarding schools in the US) and can try utilizing my college alumni network, I start losing hope for a career on Wall Street. What should I do now/this summer? Any advice will be highly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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Feb 8, 2020

Tbh it doesn't sound like you tried or networked.

Edit: you know it's standard to do a smaller IB internship in your 2020 summer right and you don't go straight to Wall Street Sachs.

Feb 8, 2020

You can still get a job lol. Also, echo above that yes you obviously didn't network well enough but you definitely can still get a great IB job. Know if people in your situation, but it's hard to get a top top job because you don't have demonstrated interest in Financw especially if your school offers it has clubs and holds competitions. I'd say you're still good, you go to a target, you have always time to network and get interviews. make sure you know your technicals very well, they're not hard at all (even the hardest ones) if you make sure to mock interview often and really understand what's going on. Good luck you should just network a lot and practice your why Finance / why IB and start sending emails now until you get a job. GL.

Feb 8, 2020

not only is it not too late for you to pursue finance, it is definitely not too late to grab a solid soph summer internship. i know for a fact there are a lot of great places that are either still currently recruiting right now or havent even began recruiting yet for next summer (obviously smaller boutique shops). as others have said, start cold calling. Ask if they are taking on interns: you will usually either get a direct yes we are send me your CV or no we are not or I am not sure (call back later). definitely not too late. AND use your high school connections, others would die to have that secondary network

Feb 15, 2020

Hi, do you mean it's not too late for this summer (2020)?

Feb 16, 2020

exactly

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Feb 8, 2020

Exeter/Andover?

Feb 15, 2020

3.65 is a "Low GPA"

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Feb 16, 2020

You could always join the race for the Democratic candidate late and spend $400MM on ads, never a bad idea

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Feb 16, 2020
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