By: Stella Katsipoutis
School is almost back in session, and that means a new group of students is ready to lead VyStar’s High School Credit Union Branch program for the 2017-2018 school year. In the spring, more than 320 students were interviewed for the prestigious Student Manager Intern positions at VyStar’s 13 student-run high school branches. Out of the overwhelming number of applications that were received, 156 outstanding students were selected for internships—12 students for each high school branch. Beginning June 5th, our Student Manager Interns forewent the typical beach vacation and spent their summer hard at work, training for their new positions—which officially start this month.
Student Manager Intern training rotated between two phases: in-branch training and classroom training. Students began by shadowing tellers and Member Relationship Specialists (MRSs) for a week and a half, in VyStar branches that are in close proximity to their schools. Next, they moved on to classroom training, which took place in either the Cascone Building, VyStar’s corporate office headquarters in Jacksonville, or at the VyStar Story Center on Fleming Island. Throughout the training period, Student Manager Interns learned firsthand about a wide range of financial literacy topics in addition to learning the day-to-day operations of a credit union, such as opening accounts, and the important functions of tellers and MRSs. After the completion of their training on June 30th, students were given the opportunity to work in-branch for the remainder of the summer, until the new school year and their new positions as Student Manager Interns begin.
VyStar is proud of all that our interns have accomplished so far, and we look forward to watching them share their valuable financial education with their peers and grow on their path to rewarding careers. We wish all of our new Student Manager Interns good luck in their new roles, and a very happy and successful school year!
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