Real quick background: I am 19 years old, and I am a finance junior at Michigan State University. The past two summers I have held two essentially non-finance related internships. However, for summer 09 I am committed to landing an internship/employment opportunity at an i-bank. Now, I understand that MSU is not a hotspot on the i-bank's radar, and I know that without a contact, entry into this field is damn near impossible. I also know that it can be done with proper preparation and persistence. Chicago would be my desired locale and Sales/Trading would be my desired field. I have been studying the markets, and reading every piece of literature that I can get my hands for about a year. My current internship gives me ample free-time(business is slow) during the day to watch the market from open to close (ET also provides me some entertainment.) Also, once I return to school I will have additional time to do further research and job-searching. I know many of you out there have been in this position, and I would very much like to hear any advice, suggestions, or opinions any of you ETers may have. Even telling your own story may inspire me to do further research.