My name is Megan and I am going into my senior year at Westhill High School in Stamford. In 2011, I was accepted into the Academy of Finance, which was very motivating as I hope to major in business in college. One of the requirements of the program is that students obtain an internship to prepare for real life after high school.
I heard about the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, in Stamford, and sent in an application. I went through the interviewing process with the organizers of the program. This was nerve-racking but taught me a lot about how to approach an interview. Once I found out I was accepted I had to fill out forms that I had previously never seen like the W4 and W2 forms. “Real life” was starting to take shape!
I was honored to hear that out of 144 students that applied only 35 new members were chosen and I was one of them. At the end of a training week with our mentors at the Stamford Government Center, we all found out our positions and I was placed in the Marketing Department at First County Bank.
When I started my internship I was nervous but above all, I was excited and anxious to get started. I first met with the head of the HR department, to fill out some initial paperwork and get an introduction to the bank. She then introduced me to members of the marketing department – my new co-workers!
Right from the beginning, everyone was very welcoming to me and treated me as an equal, even though I am younger and less experienced. While I shared a cubicle with Anne, who organizes events at the bank among other daily activities, I was able to work with everyone in the department on different projects, which was a great experience.
Lynn, who heads the Bank’s advertising efforts, introduced me to past marketing campaigns and made sure I was up to date on the new Fresh Banking Campaign. I got to sit in on a status meeting Lynn was having with a representative of the Bank’s advertising agency to gain understanding of how they come up on the best methods to promote First County Bank.
Kristina, who takes care of social media, introduced me to the world of marketing on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare. I even got to write up and schedule a couple of posts for Facebook and Twitter, using a nifty social media management tool. I was also charged with uploading photos to the First County Bank Facebook page that I had taken at an event the bank sponsored the previous weekend.
I did two major projects for Tamara, who is in charge of sales efforts, during my internship. For the first one, I had to look up some prospective customers for our business development officers and classify them into different professional groups. I also worked on a master list of nonprofit organizations that the Bank would like to partner with or reach out to in the future.
I worked closely with Anne and Karen, the head of the department, planning the upcoming bank-wide meeting, a semi-annual meeting the Bank hosts for its employees for some fun team-building games. In an organization of over 200, I can see how this can be helpful. I took care of the RSVPs for the meeting, prepared a question sheet, game rules sheet, the questionnaire presentation (which is the backbone of the games,) and the miscellaneous items in the prize grab bag.
All in all, I feel very fortunate to have been given this experience and I would like to thank everyone at First County Bank for making my internship such an enjoyable experience.