Sophomore Internship - What steps should I do for the summer?

Background: I am a dual citizen (U.S/Canadian) sophomore at a top Canadian university with a 3.92/4.3 GPA (trying to get it up). I'm majoring in business and hope to go into Equity Research. I did not have a freshman summer internship/job (mistake #1). I am however on a few university investment clubs and have just started my own very recently.

Since September, I have tried to get an investment oriented or finance internship. I however made a mistake, I chose to apply to more jobs rather than network (mistake #2) after a friend kept getting denied/forgotten in emails. I've applied to 75+ jobs in both the U.S and Canada with half of them being within the investment industry. This same friend secured an IB internship at a boutique this Friday and I can see my mistake more clearly.

I know now to network as much as possible and see if I can get my name out there, but I would just like to know what to do at this point. Is an investment internship still possible this late into the recruiting cycle? Should I also try to network for regular finance internships? I would greatly appreciate any help, thanks.

Comments (4)

Feb 26, 2019

Network with alumni in the area that you live (or will live in the summer) at smaller shops. Sometimes you can land yourself an internship even if they don't traditionally offer one, that's why you hit the smaller shops.

It's not too late to get a good internship but you have to really hustle now. Get any internship that has the most finance exposure to set yourself up for an ER internship the summer before your senior year.

Feb 26, 2019

Thank you for the advice. I've just started sending out as many cold emails as I can to try to connect with some equity research professionals. Not going to give up, thanks for the push!

Mar 27, 2019

Same boat. Bump.

Mar 28, 2019

Have you ever thought of investing in real estate?