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CU internship brings college grads back to work
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (8/14/14)--United FCU hired three familiar faces recently--familiar because each previously completed the St. Joseph, Mich.-based credit union's internship program, which helped train them for their new jobs with the credit union.

The three new employees, who will work in finance, business products and advertising, and public relations respectively, interned for the $1.7 billion-asset credit union in the summer of 2013 before their last year of college.

Upon graduation, United FCU offered jobs to Andrew Jary, Zach Weir and Ben Wyse.

"By recruiting early, we are able to train these young professionals while they are still in college, and then offer them employment at UFCU when they graduate," said Cindy Swigert, chief human resources officer. "Not only does this help us maintain a fantastic service-focused employee base for our members, it also helps grow the local job market."

This year, the credit union has hired one new intern from Saginaw Valley State University, who will support the learning and development team at the credit union.

While the credit union doesn't guarantee jobs once the internship has been completed, the credit union aims to keep in mind positions they expect to be available in the short-term when accepting applications, Lou Ann Schafer, United FCU director of public relations and advertising, told News Now .

Students interested in the program must apply their sophomore or junior year of college, maintain a GPA at or above 3.5 and receive three letters of recommendation from previous professors or supervisors.

The credit union hopes to expand the number of internship positions available so that it can provide more opportunities for potential future employees to participate.

"The response from potential interns has been great," Swigert said. "We have introduced students from Grand Rapids to Saginaw to what UFCU and Michigan's Great Southwest has to offer."

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