Kristen Kimi’s Answer
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.