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.
Jacqueline Francis from UMass Amherst
My name is Jacqueline Francis and I am from Cotuit, Massachusetts. I graduated from Barnstable High School in 2015 and will be heading into my senior year of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this fall finishing my bachelor’s degree in Economics. My involvement on the executive board of the Isenberg Real Estate Club at UMass has fueled my passion for real estate and initially sparked my interest to work in either residential or commercial lending after college. Last summer, I worked as a Retail Intern at the Cape Cod Five in the Yarmouth Branch. Fortunately I was invited back for a second summer internship, this time as a Residential and Consumer Lending (RCL) intern.
My main responsibility this summer while working as a RCL intern is appraisal review. When appraisals of properties of prospective mortgage loans come in, there is a process I follow and make notes for the lender processors, underwriters, and loan officers. As you can probably tell, interns at the Cape Cod Five aren’t doing the typical “intern work” such as making coffee runs or copies. As interns, we are trusted and given real, challenging, and important work. Because of this, I’ve learned so much and have been given a great introduction to the banking industry.
As someone who was lucky enough to have two summers interning with the same great company, my advice to a college student seeking a summer internship would be to find a place where you matter. Find a place like the Cape Cod Five that truly invests as you as an intern, gives you challenging and rewarding work, and exposes you to networking opportunities with senior employees. Interns are given great networking opportunities through events where senior executive officers in different departments of the bank speak to us about their own career journeys, descriptions of their departments, career opportunities, and advice going forward in our career paths. You know you’re in a good place when some of the busiest employees in the bank are so willing and excited to volunteer their time to come speak to us. I feel very lucky to have had my first professional working experience with a great company like the Cape Cod Five who takes great pride in helping to mentor their interns. I only hope that someday I am able to return that favor and pay it forward to future students like myself who are eager to take the right steps towards success and fulfilment in a career.
The Cape Cod Five has provided me with a great environment to grow, learn, and challenge myself. Every employee in the bank that I have had any sort of interaction with over my two summers has been so welcoming, kind, willing to help, and encouraging. I’ve learned the true value of being a part of a business that supports its surrounding community. And now, I can’t imagine working for a company that doesn’t hold such a strong and positive presence in its community. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re a part of it.