What influenced your decision to do a banking internship?
My family has always been around the financing industry my entire life, so coming into college I always thought that I would leave being a lender in the same industry. This internship has become the next step in the journey.
What has been the most beneficial part of your internship?
Personally, it has been experiencing all the underwriting and behind the scenes work that you don't get to see day to day as a lender, which makes me appreciate other peers’ jobs more. Also building customers relationships has been a key objective thus far.
What areas of banking did you focus on in your internship? Is this something you want to continue doing in the future?
At Midwest bank, we focused on growing my knowledge in all areas throughout the internship. Everywhere from compliance, credit analysis, all lending, loan processing, etc. One area that has had more focus is in the commercial and ag lending areas.
How has this internship grown your interest in the banking career path?
I have always had an interest in the commercial and ag lending but getting to learn about all aspects of the industry has been eye-opening. I have gained more interest in banking than I thought I would have up to this point.
What is the most important thing you have learned through your internship?
One thing that I have learned that I fully didn't realize is how much of a team effort it is to generate a strong company. Being able to rely on peers is key to being successful is all areas of work. Building not only great customer relationships but also internal relationships has been important in this journey and will continue to be.
Do you think this internship will help you in your future? If so, how?
This internship will most definitely help for my future in banking. It has opened a lot of different avenues that I could go down and has helped me determine which path is the right fit for me.
What would you say to someone who is considering a banking internship?
I would say to take on the challenge even if you are on the fence about going into the industry. It will either open a lot of doors or you'll know that the banking world is not the right career fit.
Anything else you would like to add?
Just want to thank Midwest Bank for investing their time into me. It has been an unbelievable experience so far.