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Students spend summer gaining experience at CU
ROCKVILLE, Md. (7/17/09)--While some high school students spend their summer vacation working at the beach, the pool, or at a summer camp, five teens are currently gaining banking and financial service experience through a paid internship with MCT FCU.
Dorothy Zarr, right, a former MCT FCU intern, helps Prathyusha Yanignadla, a current intern, navigate through a member’s account in the credit union’s summer internship program.
Blair Wilen, a high school student working at a paid internship this summer at MCT FCU, helps a member at one of the Rockville, Md.-based credit union’s branches. (Photos provided by MCT FCU)
MCT offers the internship program each summer to Montgomery County high school students who work for MCT’s student-run in-school branches at six schools and to students enrolled in the Academy of Finance (AOF) program. The AOF program also is offered at six high schools, helps students prepare for careers in business and finance through business-specific coursework and a required internship. “MCT offers an internship program designed to enhance our relationship with our primary membership group, Montgomery County Public Schools, and to provide students with practical work experience as part of their education,” said Sandra Gura, MCT director of organizational development. “Additionally, interns obtain skills for future employment opportunities. In fact, six current MCT employees worked here as interns at some point.” The $403 million asset, Rockville, Md.-based MCT hired five high school students as interns this summer. Three interns work in an MCT branch, one works in its contact center, and another works in the information technology department. All interns were hired in late June and underwent one to two weeks of training, depending on their department. Although most interns have only worked in their department or branch for about a week, most say they already are gaining useful skills that they can use in a future career. “I really enjoy working on a team here at the branch,” said Blair Wilen of Magruder High School. “It’s been fun learning new things from my team members and managers. Working on a team and interacting with members is good practice for my future career in communications.” Prathyusha Yanignadla of Watkins Mill High School, who hopes to become an entrepreneur or have a career in international business, views her internship experience as a stepping stone into the business world. “I’m learning about the business world firsthand just by studying MCT’s business model,” she said. “Each day, I’m learning how MCT runs itself, takes care of its members, and practices its values.”
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