Someone told me that since I was in school learning finance that I should take a look at applying for an internship at Warwick Associates. This is an industry where you want to get noticed as fast as you can. However, you do have to have the mix of talent and education. You should not take shortcuts on the education, and you should not rely too much on raw talent. Most abilities need to be tempered with education and experience no matter what it is you do. However, when it comes time to get started in what you are planning to do for a career, you need to get noticed.
Becoming an intern at a place such as Warwick Associates can give you an opportunity to both learn from experts in the field of finance as well as an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learned and are learning. This can be a real confidence booster as well. It is one thing to learn how to do something in school, and it is a very different thing to put what you learned to work in the real world. Internships let you get your feet wet with out too much worry of utter failure that you might have if it was your full time job.
The internship programs are also a requirement for most schools where high finance is taught. If you are going to be an investment analyst or any other type of finance expert, a good internship also looks good on your resume. A bank finance expert could do well having a successful internship on his or her resume. It is important to consider the place where you will serve as an intern. You want to get the value of education, work experience and prestige all rolled into one package. Sometimes that is tough to find.