Your time would be better spent understanding a few standard algorithms used in trading.

Using this knowledge as a platform, begin creating your own statistical trading algos in an ‘R’ based platform.

There are many freely available.

Backtest the algo for a quarter or so.  Email the results to the managers of the funds where you wish to work and ask for a ‘visit’ to discuss your success.

This will put you in a very small category of applicants who have used their intelligence autonomously, as opposed to rote memorization and regurgitation of pre-packaged information; some of which with precious little applicability to Hedge Fund quantitative measures.