Washington, MO – The Bank of Washington recently concluded a summer paid internship program that provided career enhancement opportunities for six college students, offering them exposure to professional banking operations and career paths relative to the financial industry. The 9-week program was broken into three separate tracks, which included a credit track, loan operations track and universal banking track.
“Attracting the next generation of our workforce to the banking industry was one of our main goals for our new internship program at the Bank,” stated Bank of Washington President, Louis B. “Buzz” Eckelkamp, III. “We have an industry that is constantly changing as technology continues to evolve and influence the delivery of products and services to our end consumer. As college students pursue their degrees in business, finance, accounting, technology and more, we saw the need to bring exposure to all of the different career paths one can take relative to these degrees within banking. We worked hard to ensure the interns would gain exposure and experience with true business and banking practices.”
The interns on the credit and loan operations track worked on projects relative to their respective departments, while the interns on the universal banking track gained a broad exposure to the banking industry as a whole, working with the accounting, human resources, commercial and retail lending, credit, retail banking and operations, loan operations and information technology departments.
In addition to gaining working knowledge within the departments, each intern was paired with a mentor to help the intern achieve their specific goals and expectations. The interns were also exposed to career development opportunities through their networking with senior bank leaders, bank associates, and with the other interns in the program. They were also given the opportunity to network and volunteer during community events.
To cap off the program, the interns collaborated on a group presentation which they delivered to all Bank of Washington employees highlighting what they learned throughout their internship and summarizing their take-aways as they continue to develop professionally.
The 2018 interns were Kevin Birk, Brenden Brinker, Kayla Borcherding, Paige Carpenter, Michael Sinnott, Jr. and Austin Schroeder.
The program is slated to continue in the summer of 2019. Recruiting for the 2019 summer internship program will start in the fall of 2018. The internship positions will be posted online, and candidates are encouraged to apply to all openings that match their qualifications. If selected to move forward in the process, the bank will contact qualified candidates to schedule an interview. All interns would be scheduled to start in early June.
The Bank of Washington is the oldest and largest community bank in Franklin County, serving the community for over 140 years. The bank has six branch locations and is open seven days-a-week at its branch location inside Schnucks in Washington. The investments that the Bank of Washington makes in the local community ranks them as one of the largest commercial lenders in the St. Louis area and they were recently voted the number one bank and mortgage lender in the Washington Missourian Readers’ Choice Awards.