Summer Intern Chronicles: Michael Parma from Curry College

Sandwich student is interning with Cape Cod Five
Sandwich resident Michael Parma is a student at Curry College and is interning this summer at Cape Cod Five (CC5 photo)

This is part of a continuing series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season.  Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break.  These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path.  For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue.  These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college.  The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.  

If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.

Michael Parma from Curry College

My name is Michael Parma and I am from Sandwich, Massachusetts. I currently attend Curry College studying Business Management with a concentration in Finance. I am a Residential Commercial Lending (RCL) Intern this summer for The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. I have been lucky enough to work with such an amazing group of people in quality control. I help them with paying/filing the attorney & appraisal bills, scanning, verifying employment, checking for signatures on various documents, etc. This has been such a wonderful opportunity and a great learning experience. One of the main reasons that I have absolutely loved being an intern for Cape Cod Five this summer has to do with the fact that I am learning things that are really not taught in the classroom.

This experience has also influenced my professional outlook, for a while I really was unsure of what I wanted to major in at school. I am glad that I finally decided to choose a business route because there are so many different paths you can take in your career when it comes to the banking industry. I am excited about the future, moving forward whether I end up working for Cape Cod Five or a bigger company, or maybe even starting my own business someday. The opportunities for my professional outlook are endless and interning for CC5 this summer has really opened my eyes due to the variety of career possibilities that lie in front of me.

As far as my professional development, I truthfully can say that I am so thankful to have been placed with this work group. It is such a friendly, welcoming, and comfortable working environment.  I don’t know where to begin when it comes to thanking all the special mentors I have had along the way. I would like to thank Joe Beasley for staying in touch with me and organizing/arranging interviews for me, he was amazing. I’d like to thank Sarah Ruder, Erin Brooks, Chrissy Mallard, Vicky Maizaka, Katie Santos, Kimberly McDonough, and Lauren Beland for mentoring me and teaching me so much, guiding me through this summer. Every one of them played a pivotal role in my development as an RCL intern this summer. Thank you all.

I plan on volunteering my time and give back to the community a lot more than I ever have. This year at school I plan on volunteering at a local hospital nearby school. I have had to overcome significant health issues due to a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down. I was told that I would never be able to walk ever again. I was determined to try and learn how to walk again even though the odds were lined up against me. I simply could not accept the fact that I was going to be in a wheelchair for the remainder of my life, so I worked hard and did whatever it took to beat the odds. It is a miracle that I was able to recover. I went to my college orientation using a cane and can honestly say that I am so lucky and blessed to see how far I have come ever since. Luckily, I am surrounded by an amazing family that supports me no matter what. My parents, three younger sisters, grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, and friends are the ones that kept me going and reminded me to push through and persevere. That is what I plan on doing for the rest of my life, pushing through and working harder than the man next to me. The rest will fall into place if I do everything that I am supposed to be doing and work hard.

My advice to a college student seeking an internship is to make sure they are on top of it well in advance. I started looking and applying for internships in the winter. After the interview process, and consideration I finalized my options and was offered the internship at CC5 in early May. So definitely get on the ball early. Make sure that you are constantly communicating with the organization you are trying to obtain. You definitely do not want to seem like you are coming off as pushy, but be sure to let them know that you are excited, motivated, and really want to gain an amazing experience. Dress to impress and just be yourself.


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