Posted this in theforum but figured I might as well post it here.
I'm currently a senior graduating this December (one semester early) from a top 10 school (not Dartmouth) and already have a FT job lined/MS IBD. I'd like to use my free semester next semester (from January to May) to explore a different area within finance since I've basically signed away the next two years of my life to investment banking. Ideally, I'd like to follow the PE/ two years in banking.
1) How do Dartmouth students usually find internships during the winter / off-cycle season (Jan-May)? Are they mostly attained through networking or does Dartmouth have a formal recruiting process for winter candidates?
2) What kinds of firms typically offer off-cycle internships? Would it be reasonable for me to reach out to mid-large private equity firms, hedge funds, or BBs? Places like, , MS, to have hired winter interns from Dartmouth but I'm not sure whether this would be possible for someone who doesn't go to Dartmouth.
3) Are these off-cycle internships only offered to Dartmouth students? Would I have a chance if I did some aggressive networking? Would they be reluctant to hire a senior who has already signed for a full-time job?
I'm just trying to figure out what I want to do with the time that I have next semester and would really appreciate any advice or suggestions you guys might have. Thanks so much in advance.