Semi-Target School Student Interviews

Check out how our semi-target school students are able to punch above their weight class to beat out target school students for the best offers

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Selin (Berkeley)

Went From Being Intimidated to Goldman Sachs TMT

Selin discovered investment banking during sophomore year, but wasn't sure if she was good enough to break into such a competitive field. Despite some help from the finance club members, she got rejected from all of her applications. Hear how joining WSMM helped her secure a sophomore summer internship from Deutsche Bank, followed by a junior summer internship from Goldman Sachs' TMT group.

Jenn (Wellesley)

From No Finance Experience to a PJT Partners Offer

Our student Jenn secured her junior summer offer from PJT Partners by April of sophomore year. Hear how she went from no finance experience and not knowing how to get her foot in the door, to getting her first relevant internship within one week of joining, then getting offers for sophomore summer internships with two global banks, followed by her junior summer internship offer at PJT Partners – all within just 3.5 months of joining WSMM.

Emilio (Notre Dame)

Overcame Subpar GPA from a Semi Target School to Get Top Tech IB Offer

Our student Emilio is not a business major so he did not get the target school treatment. He also had a subpar GPA when he first joined WSMM. With our help, he racked up impressive internships on his resume, networked more effectively, and freed up more time to raise his GPA. These changes helped him secure multiple interviews before ultimately landing an offer from one of the top technology IB groups.

Cameron (UT Austin)

Offers From Moelis NYC and Rothschild NYC Despite UT Being a Non-Target

Our student Cameron had dreams of working in NYC. Unfortunately, UT Austin was only a target school for the Houston office but a non-target for NYC (only ~1 in 10 students from the school end up in the NYC office). Hear how Cameron overcame these odds to receive offers from both Moelis and Rothschild in NYC, in addition to Citi in Houston. Also hear about the difference between WSMM and the feeder clubs at school, and how they complement each other.

Isaac (BYU)

Used WSMM to Go From Accounting to IB at Morgan Stanley

Our student Isaac initially planned on doing accounting. By the time he realized that he actually wanted to go into investment banking, it was already halfway through sophomore year. Knowing he was late to the game, he joined WSMM to give himself the best chance at beating out his competition. Hear him talk about the difference between WSMM and other career programs like SEO, and how he ultimately was able to secure an offer from Morgan Stanley.

Paolo (USC Marshall)

From IB Reject at Non-Target Undergrad to Redemption as MBA

Our student Paolo is a perfect story of perseverance and resilience. After trying to recruit for investment banking unsuccessfully from a non-target school back in college, he went back to business school to reapply for summer investment banking associate positions. After not seeing much success initially, hear him talk about how Wall Street Mastermind  helped him turn it around just in time before the recruiting cycle ended.

Amit (Emory)

From Completely New to Investment Banking to Breaking Into Lazard

Our student Amit joined WSMM during the summer after freshman year, because he was serious about getting into investment banking and wanted the most efficient and successful way of doing it. Coming from a semi-target school, he knew he had to step up his game to find a process that would ensure that all his efforts would not go to waste. Hear how he became one of the top candidates at his school and beat out target school students for multiple offers before ending up at Lazard.

Jerry (Berkeley)

Broke Into a Top Middle Market Bank as an International Student During COVID-19

Our student Jerry was an international student with a 3.3 GPA who decided to recruit for investment banking pretty late in the recruiting process. He joined Wall Street Mastermind with hopes of still being able to break into IB. We helped him get two offers but one got rescinded for sponsorship reasons, causing him to delay graduation to recruit again. Hear how he ultimately got an offer from one of the top middle market banks despite reduced visa sponsorships during COVID-19.

Michael (Vanderbilt)

Delayed Graduation and Got Into Investment Banking on His 2nd Try

Our student Michael was originally unsuccessful with recruiting due to his average GPA, semi-target school, and a complicated story. After he joined Wall Street Mastermind, we helped him come up with a creative strategy to have a second shot at recruiting, and guided him through the application, networking, and interviewing process for investment banking. Hear him talk about his roller-coaster recruiting process and how he ultimately was able to secure an offer from Jefferies.

David (Berkeley)

Skipped Interviews with BB’s and EB’s to Go Straight to Buyside

Our student David just finished sophomore year and recently accepted an offer at a $2Bn growth equity firm for his junior summer. He dropped out of processes with top banks like Goldman TMT, MS Tech, Moelis LA, Qatalyst, and PWP, just to name a few… Despite having some resources already, hear him talk about why he still wanted WSMM's help, and how this allowed him to get an outcome that most people can only dream of.

Zeb (NYU)

From 0 for 20 on Apps to 7 Interviews and Middle Market Offer

Our student Zeb attends NYU, but in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is a non-target, unlike Stern. Prior to joining Wall Street Mastermind, he had applied to ~20 firms and gotten zero interviews. After working with us, he got interviews from 7 different firms, before eventually accepting an offer from his top middle-market bank. Hear him talk about what enabled him to make such a huge turnaround!

Simarleen (UT Austin)

Secured a Full Time Offer From Jefferies Despite No Return Offer From Truist

Our student Simarleen interned at Truist during both her sophomore and junior summer. Unfortunately, she didn’t receive a return offer because of COVID-19. Recruiting for a full-time offer is harder than getting a summer internship because there are way fewer spots. Recruiting without a return offer makes it even harder, since banks will question why you didn’t get an offer. Hear how Simarleen turned herself around and got an offer from an even better bank.

Noa (NYU)

Broke Into IB Without the Help of Any On-Campus Finance Feeder Clubs

Our student Noa is a liberal arts major at NYU who decided to switch from consulting to IB halfway through sophomore year. He was rejected by all the finance clubs on campus and realized he was unprepared but running out of time. Hear how WSMM gave him the support he needed so that he could compete with all the students from Stern who had a lot more resources at their disposal.

Nathaniel (Notre Dame)

From No Finance Internship on His Resume to a Growth Equity Offer

Our student Nathaniel was a transfer student who didn't know about investment banking until late sophomore year. Knowing he was being the curve, he decided to get 1:1 help from WSMM. Within his first month, he secured an internship at a small private equity firm to boost his resume. Hear how he eventually leveraged that to break into growth equity directly without doing investment banking first.

Qudus (USC Marshall MBA)

From Goldman Back Office to MBA to IB Associate at an Elite Boutique

Our student Qudus grew up in Nigeria and moved to the US for college. After working as an accountant at JPMorgan and Goldman, he went to business school to transition into investment banking. He was referred to WSMM by an alum from his MBA program who also landed a bulge bracket offer with our help. Hear how he ultimately secured an offer with Guggenheim to make his own dreams come true.

Nathan (Berkeley)

Secured Elite Boutique Offer Without Using Any On-Campus Resources

Our student Nathan realized during sophomore summer that he needed more recruiting help. Originally, he thought he could just DIY, which led him to not join any business clubs on campus. After a lot of time surfing Google and WSO, he realized he couldn't find everything he needed and that recruiting felt like a black box. Hear how having a one-stop-shop with WSMM helped him secure an elite boutique offer.

Aayush (U of British Columbia)

Landed Offers in UK and Canada Despite Being a Non-Target Philosphy Major

Our student Aayush is a philosophy major from a non-target school in Canada, where a lot fewer investment banking roles get filled each year. Despite not joining WSMM until the last month of his junior year, he was able to improve his interviewing skills so quickly that he was able to land a restructuring internship within a week of joining. He later secured investment banking offers in both the UK and Canada.

Edgar (Berkeley)

Breaking Into Investment Banking From Corporate Banking

Our student Edgar recently received an offer from an upper middle market investment bank despite missing the accelerated recruiting timeline during sophomore year, only having a 3.4 GPA, and eventually having to work in corporate banking for his summer internship first. Hear Edgar talk about his journey and how he was able to pull this off against the odds. Make sure you check this interview out to hear Edgar’s advice!

Jesse (Toronto)

Broke Into a Canadian Big 5 Investment Bank After Failing Twice on His Own

Our student Jesse initially tried recruiting for both sophomore and junior summer internships in Canada on his own. After failing both times, he delayed graduation and joined WSMM to maximize his last shot at recruiting. With our help, he began networking and interviewing more effectively, ultimately landing one of the few investment banking roles available at one of Canada's Big 5 banks.

Sriman (Berkeley)

From 3.5 GPA and No Networking or Technical Knowledge to IB

Our student Sriman recently received an offer from an upper middle market investment bank despite only having a 3.5 GPA and not knowing how to network or answer technical questions initially. Hear Sriman talk about how he was able to improve his resume, networking, technical knowledge, and behavioral interviewing skills all at once. You do not want to miss Sriman’s advice!

Krish (Carnegie Mellon)

Successfully Lateraled From Sales and Trading Into Investment Banking

Our student Krish came to us as a junior trader/desk analyst on the leveraged loan desk at Cantor Fitzgerald. He wanted to switch from sales and trading to investment banking, and wanted our help with the technical interview process. Hear him talk about why he chose to get our coaching, and why that was more effective than the interview guides and financial modeling courses he was using before.

Bowen (Berkeley)

Secured a Middle Market Offer Without Joining Any Student Business Clubs

Our student Bowen studied at a target school but hadn’t joined any of his school’s professional orgs or investment banking clubs. He felt like he was unsure how to secure the job he wanted. After hearing about how other students from his school broke into banking through WSMM, he was convinced this was a viable path for him too. Hear how he landed three different offers before eventually accepting a job at a top middle market bank.

Glen (Amherst)

From 0 Interviews in 50 Applications, to 6 Interviews and 2 Offers in 4 Months

Our student Glen came to Wall Street Mastermind during his sophomore summer, after submitting around 50 applications with no success. He was frustrated but didn't know what he was doing wrong, and wanted an outside perspective on what to fix. Hear how we supported him through the rest of the recruiting process, helping him land interviews with six firms, including three superdays and ultimately two offers.

Claire (Berkeley)

Broke Into Equity Research at Citi After Realizing IB Wasn’t For Her

Our student Claire originally thought she wanted to pursue investment banking, but after networking with various industry professionals and being mentored by an equity research analyst, she realized that her true interest was in equity research. Hear how she was able to apply what she learned in WSMM to land her dream equity research job at Citi. She also shares her advice on the difference between the investment banking and equity research recruiting process.