I'm currently an Econ grad with a low GPA (2.9-3.2) from a top public (UMich/UVa/Berkeley/UCLA). I have solid internship experience (F500, top F500 tech firm business analyst, small VC advisory firm, MO).
I recently graduated this month, but was planning on taking extra classes this spring semester at a community college to finish up my 2nd major in math. Although I've already graduated with an econ major, I'm able to add another major to my degree by finishing up this class. Additionally, I have a job offer with a BB MO for full-time that starts in mid July. Obviously, I've been hoping to break into IB, but despite multiple interviews/final-rounds and extensive networking, nothing has come through for me yet.
However, I recently was offered aninternship (flexible start date) at a decent MM/boutique firm. The MD told me that if something opened up, the internship could lead to a full-time job, however he didn't want to make any promises. From a monetary perspective, it's definitely manageable to intern unpaid for 2 months. I feel that it will be a good opportunity and I'll get some good work experience.
This presents a very tough situation for me. On one hand, if I start the internship in the next week/two weeks, I wouldn't be able to finish my math major because I'd be interning instead of taking the class. However, I'd be able to intern for about 8-10 weeks and still be able to take my FT BB MO gig if I didn't get an offer after theinternship. If I started the internship after I finished up my math major, I'd only be able to intern for 3 weeks before my FT BB MO job started. So realistically, I wouldn't be able to take the FT BB MO if I wanted to intern in ER. Or if I wanted my FT BB MO job, I wouldn't be able to do the internship in ER. However, in this particular case, I'd be able to finish up my math major.
I've been looking for FT IB gigs for over a year now, and although every once in awhile I have a chance, nothing has come through yet and I'm starting to question if it will ever happen. Additionally, given all my shortcomings (ie. low GPA), I feel that as time passes, it's only getting harder and harder to break into IB. However, it's really hard to give up a decent FT BB MO gig and/or my math major for a "chance" at a full-time job in ER. I may end up jobless if I took the ER gig and never got a chance for an offer.
If anyone has any advice, please advise as I only have less than a week to make this decision. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.