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Should one take a post top MBA (I have cpa + cfa) unpaid internship with a small boutique PE firm in hopes of getting a full time job later on?
The founder looks fine and firm is a family office firm.

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Post-MBA internship? I assume this means you would have another full-time job lined up with a fall/winter start date? When you say later on, do you mean immediately after the internship or further down the line? I'd do the internship if you think you will learn a lot and get valuable experience that will help you even if you don't get the full-time offer. I would not turn down another full-time offer for this unpaid internship. Is a summer internship between your 1st/2nd years or an internship during one of your academic semesters not an option with this PE firm? I say this as an MBA grad- I understand the pressure and appeal around these internships and the fact that you may not have this PE chance again, but it's also a huge risk to take that internship and end up a few months post-graduation with no job.

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I agree with the above. Basically what are you risking by doing this and what are your changes of getting an offer. It could be a great learning experience but I wouldn’t do this if it costs you a full-time offer elsewhere. Unless you are ok with the risks involved- basically completing the internship and needing to hustle for another job.

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@associate 1 and 2 - I Just completed my MBA but dont have a full time job offer in hand. Still hustling. Its just that if I take this 3 month internship and a job offer comes in that time, i would burn bridges with the PE firm. I have clearly stated my position to the partner. Lets see what he says.
PS : Its really difficult for international students to get into IB/PE in North America

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Ah I see. Then yea I would take the offer, especially if it’s a foot in the door- congrats! Realistically speaking (from my experience), getting a job offer takes one month at least, most likely 6-8 weeks from the start of the interview process. Which means that you should have some understanding of your likelihood to land another offer in the coming 3 months depending on what is currently in your pipeline. If you do get another offer during the internship, you can be up-front about this being a post-MBA internship and try to negotiate the start date to not cut it short. That’s fair. Also honestly you’ll be a more attractive candidate with this as your current position and can use the period to network etc. Go for it.

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Take it and keep looking for a job.

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Gotcha

@associate 2 - Thanks for the reply bud. Ill try to talk to him again and negotiate some arrangement that is mutually beneficial for the both of us.

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