The conventional thinking that dominates the talk of prospects for college
students finding meaningful employment has been that the prospects are thin at
best. Students work hard to earn degrees that will start them on a sure path to
a fulfilling career in the field of their choice. Investing in the future of
young, bright students and providing opportunities for them to learn and grow
outside of campus life and experience a real-world work environment is a
strategy that will yield positive results for the students, the Bank and our
In 2010, Fifth Third Bank began its Summer Internship Program to help turn this conventional wisdom on its head. Starting small with five interns, the program has continued to grow and this year the Bank hired 15 interns to fill summer jobs. Students participating in the program must attend an accredited college.
The interns started on June 3 and the program will run to August 16. Five of the interns that were hired in the past returned this year from previous internships at Fifth Third; two are in their third year, and three are in their second year of internship. Four of the interns from 2012 stayed on after the summer to work on special projects through the rest of the year.
Summer interns perform jobs that align with their major fields of study, allowing them to utilize their strengths and work up to 32 hours per week. In addition to a salary, the interns may also receive college credits if the work performed is aligned with their major field of study.
During the course of their internship, the interns also participate in community outreach projects. In past years, the interns have participated in group volunteer activities such as Junior Achievement's Volunteer Day, Summer Splash at the Children's Center in Detroit, the UNCF Walk and Gleaners Food Bank.
In addition to assigned departmental duties, the interns participate in a group project designed to develop interpersonal skills, research, sharpen critical thinking and prioritization skills. At the end of the program, the interns present their project to the senior management team, providing an opportunity to interact with senior management and develop presentation skills in a team environment.
Two of the interns from 2012 were hired in permanent positions at Fifth Third Bank. One accepted the position of CRA analyst at Fifth Third Bancorp Cincinnati, the other as mortgage sales assistant in southeastern Michigan.
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