Same Internship - Look bad?

Does it look bad to intern at the same HF two summers in a row? (Freshman and Sophomore Year)

Here are the pros/cons I came up with.
Pros: Reputable Firm, Good Hours, Decent Pay. Cons: Less Competitive (since I didn't recruit elsewhere), looks weird on CV

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Nov 24, 2021 - 10:39pm

Interning in the FO of a hedge fund itself is very meaningful period, especially as a freshman. If they invite you back it just looks like they liked you. I don't see the downside.

If you try to recruit and someone asks why you aren't going back to this fund, I'm sure you can come up with some acceptable excuse without trashing the place. 

Nov 25, 2021 - 2:36pm

Just say there is no full-time opening and your next buy-side employer will understand. 

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Nov 25, 2021 - 9:56pm

Math-Fan

Interning in the FO of a hedge fund itself is very meaningful period, especially as a freshman. If they invite you back it just looks like they liked you. I don't see the downside.

If you try to recruit and someone asks why you aren't going back to this fund, I'm sure you can come up with some acceptable excuse without trashing the place. 

Came here to say the same. Were they the ones to ask you back for a second internship? If so, gloat about that ish! Especially if you can get it in a letter, or permission to use them as a reference.

You left out a couple of key points though. Are you graduating this year or in junior/senior year and looking for post graduation FT? Is there a specific reason why you wouldn't go FT there if they wanted you to? Otherwise have you given any thought like mentioned above about what you'd say as to why you didn't/couldn't?

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Nov 27, 2021 - 12:19pm

Thanks for the response K-Peezy. They were the ones who gave me a return offer. I am graduating senior year, and I don't think I'd go to the firm FT out of UG because I want banking experience to keep my options more open. As for my response for next summer, I have a few responses ready as to why I didn't return.

Nov 27, 2021 - 12:42pm

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