Here’s How To Write a Cover Letter for a “Boutique Investment Bank”

It’s that time of year again: you’re spending winter nights hunkered down in front of the Macbook and drafting cover letters for summer internships  so you can work for free, gain valuable experience, and maybe someday sue the shit out of your employer. (You may even get an op-ed in the Times out of it!)

Trying to land an internship at a “boutique investment bank” on Wall Street? Take it from one admittedly average finance major at an admittedly average university who wrote a bizarrely frank, candid cover letter that apparently garnered him attention from “entire listservs of Wall Street bigshots.” Via Gawker:

“This might be the best cover letter I’ve ever received,” exclaimed one recipient. “THIS IS AWESOME,” capslocked another.

Others weren’t interested in wasting time on platitudes while someone else was snapping him up.

“No joke, I think we should consider this guy,” said one investment banker who was two forwards deep. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there.”

The highlight is probably “I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crap,” but I’m also fond of this kid’s use of the word “tutelage.” Unfortunately I don’t want to work in investment banking, so probably the most important thing I learned from this story is that you can use “capslock” as a verb. Why didn’t anyone tell me this?

Read the full letter here.


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2 thoughts on “Here’s How To Write a Cover Letter for a “Boutique Investment Bank”

  1. West Coast

    I’m glad Wesleying reposted this article that was all over the internet. Thank god for another content rehash.

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