I am a current junior trying to decide on which internship offer would give the the greatest probability for a successful career. I would like to eventually end up in PE ideally focusing on tech or consumers. Apologies if this is too lengthy of a post. That being said, I am currently deciding between three very different offers in detail below:
1) O&G PE Internship: opportunity through one of my best friends at a relatively new shop that is growing very quickly. Internship seems to be with the intention of them either placing you into an O&G IB program at a bank they have connections with and then return you as associate or start you off as an analyst internally. Everyone here seems to be doing very well for themselves. Concerns with this is that I'd pigeon hole myself and be stuck in this industry even if I don't truly enjoy it. That being said, the upper level guys are really taking great care of my friend (he is a college senior now and they invite him to meet them places during the school year, they joke around with him and are always calling him to check in to see how he's doing, and I think they genuinely have his best interest in mind) and I think these relationships may be worth the pigeon hole.
2) Regional Boutique IB Internship: Small shop (think 10-15 people) but decent deal flow given size (think 8-12 deals this year and usually around this number in years past). I really clicked with the people here during my Superday. Pay for internship on lower end, which isn't what I'm placing emphasis on relative to the experience I would gain, but I am concerned about what FT pay would be if given return offer. Internship is designed to return interns, but I have also seen past interns go on to work FT at BB's. Generalist program.
3) Tier 2 S&T Internship: Think BMO/RBS/SocGen S&T position. Intention for this would be to try lateraling into IB FT following internship. I have seen this done before and this would obviously give me the biggest name if I was able to make the switch. This is also best paying and arguably the best location (NYC) for future IB/PE recruiting. How feasible is this though? How would I go about trying to lateral?
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.