I'm a soph at a target (one of HYPW) looking to get a SA internship in S&T next year. CS major, high GPA, although admittedly I haven't done much networking. I'm thinking about studying abroad at Oxford either next Spring for the entire year. (Edit: to clarify, I can choose between a full year abroad and only going for the Spring semester)
1) Start date: I searched and the threads I found suggested that S&T internships generally start early-June, perhaps June 8th-ish. Oxford's last quarter wouldn't end until June 16th. Is this something I should be concerned about?
2) Networking: If I go to Oxford for the full year, I'll miss out on various networking events at my school. I've been to these events my freshman and soph years but didn't really make any lasting connections. If I'm still in the states next fall I'll try to do a better job networking at these events. If I go to Oxford I'll miss out on those, and although there may be comparable opportunities at Oxford (I have no idea tbh), I want to eventually work in NYC so I'm not sure if networking there would be as useful.
On the other hand, if I do go to Oxford for the full year, I'll have almost a full month between my summer internship for this coming summer and my start at Oxford, so I could theoretically try to reach out to alumni and actually meet up with them in NYC. This might be more effective than fighting through a mob of people trying to say something insightful at my school's networking events, too. I'm just looking for some input on how effective a strategy you think this is (will traders even be interested in meeting up with me?), especially versus sticking around for fall semester in the US and trying to network at school events.
Thanks for advice / sorry for seeming paranoid or toolish. I won't have much on my resume that screams finance (prior internships with big software companies) but I'm genuinely interested in working in trading next summer and beyond.