AmeriCU opened a new financial center on the first floor of the Whitney Applied Technology Center in time for the fall 2013 semester. The site provides a full complement of financial services and is a host location for student internships, financial literacy education, and financial planning services for students, faculty, staff and the community. It is fully staffed by AmeriCU professional associates.
Three Onondaga students completed valuable internships there. Nate Anderson, a sophomore Humanities major (Baldwinsville Christian Academy) did three internships of his own. He worked as a social media trainer and made presentations at senior management meetings. He followed that up with a marketing internship, then worked as a Member Service Specialist. “Managing an internship while working a full-time job and going to school taught me how to manage my time,” said Anderson. “I’m very grateful for AmeriCU. They did everything they could to make this the most positive experience possible.” Anderson was able to turn his internship into a job as a Member Service Specialist.
Business Administration major Lindsey Markell (Cicero-North Syracuse) also went from intern to employee, earning a position at AmeriCU’s Cicero financial center. “My experience interning with AmeriCU was very successful. I want to become an accountant. OCC is the most feasible way to get from an associate to a bachelor’s to a master’s,” said Markell. She’s on schedule to graduate in December 2014, then take advantage of the College’s “2+2 partnership agreement” and transfer to Le Moyne College.
Sean Dana (Westhill) graduated from Onondaga in May 2014 with a degree in Business Administration. He turned his AmeriCU internship into a full-time position at its Fayetteville financial center. “My experience as an intern was great. I learned how to be a professional and met a lot of wonderful people. I’m looking forward to a career in this industry,” said Dana.
As part of AmeriCU’s partnership with Onondaga, AmeriCU established a Community Scholars scholarship, helping to ensure that more students, regardless of socio-economic status, are able to attain a college degree and the opportunities one affords.
More information on the services AmeriCU provides are available at www.americu.org.