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Can anyone help me land an internship in private equity. I go the University of Rhode Island and would love to send out my resume. Companies I’m interested in don’t have internship programs but I’m not giving up. Let me know if you can help and I’d love to send my resume.

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OP - “your experience will speak for itself” comment rubbed me the wrong way. I am sure you are smart and accomplished but I can guarantee you that there are hundreds and thousands similarly qualified individuals out there. Good luck with your McKinsey process. I hope you get the job/interview but I would suggest a quick check of how many URI alum at McKinsey. That will give you a sense of the likelihood (how many does McKinsey hire from URI a year). Without looking, my guess is 0 or 1. So you literally need to be the valedictorian of your graduating class to get the offer. PE is even more difficult to crack than McKinsey.

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I didn’t mean to sound full of myself, I’m sorry for that. But I will take your tips and keep trying

PE here. PEs only have very little internship programs because we do not have a large team nor infrastructure in place to handle and manage it. Each Associate class (even the biggest firm) is likely a handful (or two handful), unlike consulting firms that have hundreds and thousands of new joiners every year. Much more difficult to develop given the specificities of skills so we expect people to already basically hit the ground running

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Do you have any relevant work experience and / or connection. PE is hard to break into from targets let alone non targets.

I have some connection but no programs within the connections. My experience will speak for itself in my resume. I have a lot of leadership experience and I have experience creating the finance section for a habitat for humanity: ReStore business plan. I applied to the McKinsey and Co. program but have yet to to hear anything. I would love a shot and want to show you my critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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