David Little from Colgate University
My name is David Little and I am from Wilbraham, MA. This year I will be a junior at Colgate University where I am working towards a double major in economics and psychology. This summer and last, I have interned with The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Department.
The Coop has been a wonderful place to intern and has offered me an incredible amount of training and mentorship. As an intern in my second summer, I was able to contribute much more to the position by building on my work from the previous summer and applying what I have learned in the classroom. I have worked on a variety of compliance related projects, and have had the opportunity to learn about many other aspects of banking. In my department, I have analyzed alerts, audited transactions, ran daily reports, and assisted in other account analysis to ensure compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act / Anti Money Laundering regulations. Access to senior management has also been incredible whether it is in formal meetings with our CFO and Treasurer or conversations about real estate on Cape Cod with our President and CEO.
I knew The Coop was a community focused bank after banking with them for years and seeing both of my older siblings work as summer tellers in the East Dennis branch, but while interning I learned the extent to which community service is a core value of the bank. The Coop goes above and beyond to try to help customers achieve their goals by personalizing service, supporting charities that matter to the community, and enabling its employees to make Cape Cod a better place. I volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician, and The Coop was very flexible and supportive of my taking an additional class to advance my level of training this summer.
I ultimately hope to work in healthcare management, and working for The Coop has taught me many skills that will help me in any professional environment. Many industries have regulations and requirements that must be complied with, so learning to operate in a highly-regulated environment has been a valuable skill. Additionally, working at The Coop has made me realize how important it is to anticipate your customers’ needs.
To any college students considering finding an internship on Cape Cod, I would say absolutely go for it! The Cape is such an interesting economy to work in due to the seasonal influx of people. Cape businesses are often very busy in the summer and by interning during the busy season you will get a lot of great exposure to the field you are interested in. Interning at The Coop has made the past two summers fly by. I have learned so many things that would be impossible to learn in a classroom setting, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with and learn from such a great group of people.
About "Summer Intern Chronicles"
This article 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.