Originally Posted by makker
I am picky and in this situation I should not have any reason to be but I really don't feel inspired working in some NGO or other hipster organization for the summer.
I guess cold-calling is the only way.
All cold-calling will get you is a filing / coffee grabbing job. That's not going to help you a lot - your colleagues will see you as the coffee bitch (not the junior banker), and recruiters see right through those roles on your resume (because the "recruiters" in banking and consulting are typically your bosses).
The only thing you should be thinking about if you're a first year is getting something on your resume that either (but preferably both) 1) Positions you well for future opportunities and 2) Teaches you something you didn't know about yourself.
On the first point, recruiters are going to want to know what you've done with your summers in University. If you did nothing, that's a big warning sign and you'll have a hard time getting what you want next summer or full-time when you graduate. If you wait tables or pick another blue-collar position, that gets a lot of credit. If you volunteer (and that doesn't mean working for free at the library, it means making a real impact you can talk about), that gets a lot of credit too. You might also consider starting a business over the summer; anything from web design to house painting. Both volunteering or starting a business are probably more impressive than working at a bank getting coffee for the VPs, but even that is better than nothing. You can also try a study abroad program.
On the second point, things like volunteering and starting a business can be huge learning opportunities that will serve you well going forward.
This is your first summer and it's an investment. You should come out of it having learned something and having something on your resume that shows you have drive and initiative.