I am a rising senior at at non-target majoring in STEM who has recently started ainternship in a small . When I was interviewing for the internship, I was led to believe that if I finished a set of back office work, I could do more "interesting" , and I did not get any other offer, so I took the bait. Currently, it seems as though I will have no opportunity to do anything remotely front office related, but will spend most hours of my summer days as a back office intern.
Sadly, I go to a non-target school, and I worry that I may have to do a graduate program, or obtain a CFA in order to gain the career I am looking for at this point. I am looking to get into the industry however I can, but ultimately I am more interested in working in VC or a Quantitative hedge fun.
Today, I was told that another intern (who is younger than me) was hired to do front office work, so I feel as though I may be completely undervalued at the company, and should just try to do anything else with my time. I have no loans, so I can do a graduate program without too much financial stress (like an MSF).
My real questions are:
Will I be black-balled from the industry if I quit to study for the CFA or the GMAT (I'm in a small, wealthy community)? Should I even consider graduate school? Should I try to find a better internship that is unpaid? Is there a third way that I haven't thought about?