I am in my first year of a 2-years master (target in France, tier 2 in the UK). I have already done a back office (I know it's not relevant for IB) summer internship at a top BB (think GS/JP/MS). Got top marks in my bachelor.
I have already applied to almost every IB London summer internship 2021 but I have received 0 interviews invitation and 75% of the banks I have applied to have already sent the rejection (so I guess that will be the same from the other 25%).
On the other hand, I applied ONLY to two regional offices and received invitation for the interviews from both (a boutique in Milan and elite boutique in Dubai - I am fluent only in Italian and English). So I can safely conclude that the competition out of London is much less.
My question is: Have you got any suggestion of any other good tier 2 locations with "low" competition, with respect to my languages fluency? Name of good banks/boutiques and their respective regional locations? Any general tip to increase my chances to get my first IB intenrhsip (I don't mind that much about the name/location for the first one, I just hope that the next year London recutment season will be better thanks to my hypothetical first IB internship)? Any thoughts about Off-cycles (never applied to any off-cycle because it is not easy to understand what is their start date, and I will be available from mid April onwards)?
Any tips or suggestion would be more than welcomed! Thank you very much!