ST. LOUIS–This summer, Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union and its divisions, American Eagle Credit Union and Purina Credit Union, hired six college students as paid interns, providing immersive, real-world experiences for future professionals in the St. Louis community. The interns worked in various departments based on their field of study and interests.
“We created the internship program to help motivated college students develop as professionals in the financial services industry while exposing them to additional career opportunities that fit their majors. It has been a wonderful experience, and our interns have had a positive impact on the credit union, bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas to each department,” said Adrienne Thompson, chief HR officer.
To recruit qualified candidates, the credit union said it incorporated its core values into the internship program. Prospective candidates had to have the potential as well as fit the credit union’s culture. The credit union’s 2019 summer interns were:
- Zach Dempsey, Missouri State University, Marketing Intern
- Tristan Van Zwienen, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Human Resources – Health & Wellness Intern
- Sydney Vogel, University of Missouri, Internal Audit Intern
- Brett Freesmeier, University of Missouri, Finance/Accounting Intern
- Andrew Thompson, University of Mississippi, Real Estate Lending Intern
- Andrew Smith, Saint Louis University, Business Lending Intern
“I have been a member of Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union for my entire life, so I know the amazing care and dedication this organization has for its Members. It has been such a great experience seeing this care and dedication for Members throughout the entire organization and being able to partake in it every day. It is truly an amazing thing to work for an organization that holds the same values I find myself holding, and I do not think many people can say the same,” said Andrew Smith, Business Lending Intern.
After completing an online application, candidates completed a screening interview, in-person interview, and background check before receiving an offer. Once hired, interns attended orientation, where they were introduced to the Credit Union’s mission and core values, before joining their departments to begin projects that cultivated their interests while aligning with the Credit Union’s vision.