Every summer, Baker Boyer hosts five to eight interns in various departments throughout the bank. In addition to their internship position, interns learn from a series of educational sessions which help them develop skills in public speaking, interviewing, networking, and more.
We asked our 2019 interns to share a little about the projects they worked on this summer as well as what they learned, what their favorite part was, and to share some advice to future interns of Baker Boyer.
Projects worked on: Developing a Text Message Alert System. Migrating BOS Retention Records to an SQL Server and creating a web front end for employees to easily insert retention records into the database. Taking inventory of technology in all the Baker Boyer offices.
What was your favorite part about interning at Baker Boyer? The community first attitude of Baker Boyer’s employees. The employees always look out for each other and us interns. All the employees in the IT department specifically were always available to lend a helping hand on projects when I needed it.
What surprised you the most about interning at Baker Boyer? The freedom that I had with the projects I worked on. There was a great balance between guidance and assistance on our projects and freedom, which is a very hard balance to achieve.
If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be? To be a sponge. Always look for opportunities to learn new things whether that be with the projects you are working on or anything else. Along with that, I also would tell future interns to be fearless when asking questions. All of the employees have been in our position before and know that you are just trying to learn and learning from them is integral to a have a great internship experience. Lastly, I would tell interns to not be afraid of making mistakes.
Projects worked on: Updated the relationship staff in various systems, input annual review ticklers into two systems, created a pricing query, helped implement DocuSign for the Business Banking department, trained on creating loan term sheets and how to input spreads, worked with insurance agencies to obtain updated insurance certificates for our clients, created a brochure about the intern program, participated in a Five C’s of Credit training, worked with the Special Events and Decorating committees for our 150th, various scanning and cleanup within the department and within our systems.
What was your favorite part about interning at Baker Boyer? My favorite part of about interning at Baker Boyer was that I was able to gain valuable experience, learn a lot, and expand my network. After working at Baker Boyer for the past three summers, I have learned so much through my own duties, job shadowing, and asking questions. There is always an opportunity to learn and ask questions, which is something I really appreciated. Additionally, everyone at the bank is welcoming and I have made so many connections. Everyone is willing to help you in whatever way they can. Overall, my experience interning at the bank was extremely valuable to me as a student and as a person.
What surprised you the most about interning at Baker Boyer? Something that surprised me was how willing everyone is to help you with anything. If I had questions about the bank, my job, interviewing, or literally anything, people were always willing to take a few minutes to speak with me. I really appreciated this because I was able to receive a lot of valuable advice that will help me before and after I graduate.
If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be? Take advantage of the opportunities within the bank. The bank is very accommodating if you want to job shadow another department. This is a great way to learn more about the bank and learn more about potential careers. Along with that, take in as much advice as possible from the people you’re working with. As hiring managers and people with experience in the work force, their insight is extremely valuable to a college student.
Projects worked on: Socially Responsible Investing project, data entry for trust accounts.
What was your favorite part about interning at Baker Boyer? I enjoyed reading things that my coworkers recommended. They took the time to give me background on what I was reading and where each article or book fit in the bigger picture of investing. I was able to learn a lot faster than I ever had in a class or by reading on my own because they helped me get access to exactly what I needed to learn about.
What surprised you the most about interning at Baker Boyer? I was surprised by how much I learned. I came away with a lot of respect for how hard the Asset Management team works to be knowledgeable and maintain a high standard for their clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be? Keep a journal throughout your internship. You’ll be able to look back and see what you enjoyed working on, tips from co-workers, skills that you learned etc.
Projects worked on: DocuSign Research/Implementation & Tax/Insurance Tracking projects.
What was your favorite part about interning at Baker Boyer? The environment and the people. Everyone is incredibly friendly and the office really does feel like a second home considering how much free food and fun I get to have here.
What surprised you the most about interning at Baker Boyer? The Intern Program meetings. We were taught presenting, social media, interviewing & resume creation skills. These trainings surprised me during my first summer because they were not for our work here at the bank, but simply to make us more professional and capable for our future careers, regardless of where they may be.
If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be? Do as much as you can while you are here. Your supervisor will likely let you attend as many trainings, seminars and meetings as you want. Gain as much of this free training and experience as you can. Take any opportunity to join a committee, team or just job shadow outside of your department for more valuable experience.
Projects worked on: Text message alert system, retention record database migration, and inventory.
What was your favorite part about interning at Baker Boyer? Getting some hands on work experience related to a subject that I’m interested in, and getting more familiarity with other sectors of banking.
What surprised you the most about interning at Baker Boyer? The good community, and the amount of freedom we had to approach solutions to projects however we wanted.
If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be? Ask a lot of questions and learn a lot about not just what’s directly related to your position/job duties.