Just finishing up sophomore year at a state school, has some recognition on the street, but not so much for front office positions. My cumulative gpa fell drastically this year and I am finishing up the year with around a 3.0-3.1. I have pwm and some modelling experience from last summer at an unknown firm, nothing special at all. As for the upcoming summer, I have no offers for anything relevant.
My goal is to break into either commercial banking, ops, or something of the sort which is still "better" than a "regular job" but on the low-end in finance. What should I do to make myself competitive for these positions for the upcoming summer? If I improve my grades, I will have 3.2 by the time internship recruiting starts, and a 3.4 by the end of junior year. Best I can graduate with is a rounded 3.5.
Will my 3.2 hold me back significantly for positions of this nature? What can I do to increase my chances? I am willing to do anything at this stage to ensure that I end up getting a job.