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How competitive are internships in the investment industry?

Updated Los Angeles, California

I want to try to get an internship at some point. How competitive is that going to be, and if it’s very competitive then what are the things that are going to make someone stand out? #finance #investment-management #investing

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Kristen Kimi’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

Hi Eric - It is true finance internships are competitive, but there is a wealth of opportunities available. There are firms of different sizes and a variety of different divisions/roles students can pursue. As a campus recruiter, I never discourage a student to pursue the industry, but I recommend doing research and strategically casting a net (choosing where they apply) to land a great opportunity.

Just like students do with their college search, students should research different times of opportunities in finance and different firms. Rather than applying to every opportunity under the sun, apply to a list of companies and roles you would seriously consider and fit what you are looking for, but make sure it is well rounded.

Many firms will visit college campuses, invite students to their offices for educational events and participate in conferences around the country. Take a look at your school's career services offerings and firms campus recruiting websites to see what recruiting events you can participate in. To prepare for applying and interviewing, make sure you research the industry, company and role for which you are applying.

If you want information about PIMCO's campus recruiting, visit www.pimco.com/careers.

Best Wishes!

Amanda’s Answer

Updated Houston, Texas

Finance internships are competitive, but there are a lot of opportunities out there. Make sure you keep up your grades and get involved on campus. Employers not only look for students who have done well in there coursework, but students who have leadership and have done more than the minimum. Student organizations are a great way to improve leadership skills and network with professionals.

Moulya’s Answer

Updated Madikeri, Karnataka, India

It is true finance internships are competitive, but there is a wealth of opportunities available. There are firms of different sizes and a variety of different divisions/roles students can pursue. As a campus recruiter, I never discourage a student to pursue the industry, but I recommend doing research and strategically casting a net (choosing where they apply) to land a great opportunity.

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