This story 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.
Katherine Crane from Salem State University
My name is Katherine Crane; I am from Arlington, MA and I am a rising senior at Salem State University. This summer I have the pleasure of being the Internal Audit Intern for Cape Cod Five Cents Bank. As a student studying Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting who has a love for the Cape, I couldn’t have been more excited to start this summer.
As the internal audit intern I have been working throughout the bank, under the guidance of all the auditors, testing and compiling reports. I have learned a lot so far, not just about audit but the departments I have been auditing. As much I enjoy learning in a classroom I feel the hands on work provides experience that I wouldn’t get in a classroom. I have expanded my knowledge and have a deeper understanding as to the functions of other departments. I have learned what they do on a day to day basis, which has expanded my curiosity to subjects of which I was previously unaware. I am taking an auditing course next semester and I hope to take everything I have learned this summer into the classroom to really set myself apart from other students.
Professionally, I feel I am getting more confident speaking up when I have questions. At Cape Cod Five, they have provided us with many different occasions to be able to network with Senior Officers and even President and CEO Dorothy Savarese, which is a one of a kind experience. As the only audit intern I do feel lucky as I get to work and learn from four auditors, Elizabeth Hammann SVP/ Chief Information Security Officer, Stuart Egmore AVP/ Senior Auditor, Margaret Kenneway Senior Staff Auditor, and Johnathan Sylvia Staff Auditor, who all have welcomed me immensely into their team.
During the summer, I live in West Dennis at my Grandma’s with her, my mother Patricia, my father Joseph (the ultimate weekend warrior), my Aunt Sheila, and my sister Bridget; all packed into a little cottage, but I couldn’t see it another way. Ever since I was little my Grandma has opened her house up to me to be able to enjoy the Cape Cod summers. I have worked on the Cape since I was 14, so when I heard about the internship I jumped at the opportunity to be able to live here and explore what Cape Cod Five has to offer. When I graduate, if I could find a job in my field I would certainly work here year round. My grandparents had a huge love for the Cape which they passed down to my mom and aunt who shared it with me so I would be honored to work here as long as possible.
For those looking college students looking for internships I would have to say do not overlook the Cape as there are plenty of great places to work here. Step outside your comfort zone get an internship that’s not directly in your major. You will be pleasantly surprised, as I am, how much you enjoy working every day!