2024 Intern Resources
VBA Internship Program

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You will find all 2024 VBA Internship Program materials and resources on this page for use throughout the summer. Please contact Monica McDearmon at 804-363-9347 with questions.

Intern Orientation – 5/23/2024

Bank Name Email
  1. Virginia Bankers Association
  2. Virginia Bankers Association
  3. Virginia Bankers Association
  4. Virginia Bankers Association
  5. Primis Bank
  6. Chesapeake Bank
  7. Blue Ridge Bank
  8. Virginia Bankers Association
  9. Southern Bank and Trust Company
  10. Village Bank
  11. C&F Bank
  12. First Bank & Trust Company
  13. TowneBank
  14. Virginia National Bank
  15. Atlantic Union Bank
  16. Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.
  17. The Bank of Southside Virginia
  18. Chain Bridge Bank, NA
  19. Skyline National Bank
  20. Virginia Bankers Association
  21. Virginia Bankers Association
  22. Virginia Bankers Association
  1. Monica McDearmon
  2. Rachel Weatherby
  3. Chandler Owdom
  4. Carla Moore
  5. Jakeeta Plumley
  6. D.J. Seeterlin
  7. Felisha Johnson
  8. Bruce Whitehurst
  9. Darian Fisher
  10. Shannon Shaw
  11. Jenni Gegner
  12. David Cahill
  13. Meredith Elliott
  14. Cody Florence
  15. Adam Hill
  16. Dale Schuurman
  17. Heather Thornton
  18. Kari Van Wassen
  19. Kate Belcher
  20. Gabby Bond
  21. Kristen Reid
  22. Henry Watkins
  1. mmcdearmon@vabankers.org
  2. rweatherby@vabankers.org
  3. cowdom@vabankers.org
  4. cmoore@vabankers.org
  5. jakeeta.plumley@primisbank.com
  6. dseeterlin@ches.bank
  7. Felisha.johnson@mybrb.bank 
  8. bruce@vabankers.org
  9. darian.fisher@southernbank.com
  10. sshaw@villagebank.com
  11. jgegner@cffc.com
  12. dcahill@firstbank.com
  13. meredith.elliott@townebank.net
  14. Cody.Florence@VNB.com
  15. adam.hill@atlanticunionbank.com
  16. dale.schuurman@mybrb.bank
  17. heather.thornton@bsvnet.com
  18. kvanwassen@chainbridgebank.com
  19. kbelcher@skylinenationalbank.com
  20. gbond@vabankers.org
  21. kreid@vabankers.org
  22. hwatkins@vabankers.org

VBA President & CEO Bruce Whitehurst’s contact information:

Office: 804-819-4701 | Mobile: 804-241-3223

VBA Certificate of Completion Requirements Overview

Interns participating in the VBA Internship Program will be eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion if they meet the following requirements. Mentors will send all necessary documentation to the VBA no later than August 31.

2024 Certificate of Completion Checklist

  • Complete an American Bankers Association (ABA) online training course OR equivalent online banking industry training. See below for more information on the ABA course options.
  • Complete a capstone project and presentation.
  • Participate in at least one of the in-person events (Intern Orientation or Mid-Summer Meet Up) and at least three of the virtual VBA events.
  • Involvement in a community support or volunteer opportunity (banks will determine specifics of this based on opportunities throughout the summer).
  • Complete the VBA Internship Program self-evaluation.

ABA Online Course Information

Interns are required to complete an American Bankers Association (ABA) online course OR equivalent online banking industry training (must be approved by the VBA) to earn the VBA Certificate of Completion.

2024 ABA Online Training Options

ABA Login information

For interns completing an ABA online course, the VBA will send login information to the interns after their start date with the bank.

Your login credentials are below.  Upon logging in the first time, you will see a message stating that your password has expired and you will be required to select a new password of your choosing. If you ever forget your password, you can use the “Forgot Password” link on the login page.  Notice that your username is your bank email address followed by “.vaba”.    See below for an example:

Login Page: https://aba.csod.com  

Sample Username: msmith@usabank.com.vaba

Temporary Password: Password1234567

Once You have logged in and changed your password, you will be taken to your welcome page.  To view your transcript and access your assigned training, select “Learning” from the menu and click “View Your Transcript.”  Your transcript contains your assigned training.  Click on the action button (open curriculum, launch, etc.) to the right of the course title to access the training.

Access a tour of the ABA online training platform here!

Capstone Project & Presentation

Throughout the summer, interns will complete a capstone project and presentation on a banking industry topic. This project will be due by a date agreed upon by the bank and intern. Interns can either research one of the topic options listed below or a topic selected by the bank. Mentors will complete the capstone project and presentation rubrics at the conclusion of the project.

capstone project topic resources

Option 1: Fintech: Disruptor or Partner?
Option 2: Ideal Location for a New Bank Branch
Option 3: Banks and Social Media: How to Use These Platforms to Engage, Retain and Attract Customers
Option 4: Attracting the Next Generation as Customers and Employees
Option 5: Banks: The Cornerstone of the Community
Option 6: The Bank of the Future
Option 7: Serving the Underbanked and Unbanked
Option 8: New Financial Literacy Opportunities & Engagement Ideas
Option 9: Artificial Intelligence: Disrupter or Partner?
Option 10: The Rise of Fraud 

Mid-Summer Meet Up

Interns must attend at least one of the in-person meetings as part of their certificate requirements. Interns who did not attend the Orientation session on May 23 must attend the Mid-Summer Meet Up to satisfy the certificate requirement.

July 9 from 10a.m. – 3p.m. at the Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA​

This one-day meeting will feature engagement with members of the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders Steering Committee.

Virtual Meetings

The VBA will hold Zoom meetings for all interns participating in the program throughout the summer. We hope this provides a platform for you to get to know one another, learn about the industry, and hear from banking professionals from across the Commonwealth.

See below for Zoom meeting information – also included in the calendar invite. 

Meeting schedule & Guest speaker information

Meeting Date

Guest Speaker & Topic Meeting Materials/Recording Link
10-11:30 a.m.
Enneagram Workshop
Laura Shibut

View the recording here!

View Laura's slides here


10-11 a.m.

CRA 101
Nathalia Artus, Atlantic Union Bank and member of the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders

View the recording here!

View Nathalia's slides here.

10-11 a.m.
AI in Banking
Paul Carney, Carter Bank

Connect with Paul on LinkedIn!

View the recording here!

View Paul's slides here.


What are Virginia Millennial and Gen Z Consumers Seeking?​

Dailey Betz, Rivel Banking Research

View the recording here!

View Dailey's slides here.

July 18

A Conversation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Banking Industry

  • Candace Davenport, First Bank, Virginia
  • Paula Milsted, Chesapeake Bank
  • Shani Gist, Atlantic Union Bank

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 821 7646 7216

Passcode: 067061

Capstone Project Discussions & Mini-Presentations

This will be a time for the interns to share their top takeaways from their capstone project research with the other interns.

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 892 7800 1269

Passcode: 553544

​Enneagram Workshop with Laura Shibut | May 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

*This session will run from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and is designed for both the interns and their mentors.

During this session, interns and mentors will become familiar with the Enneagram to identify with one of the nine personality types so they can be aware of their own personality and use it in the best way possible while understanding the general characteristics of others’ personality types. During the session, we will discuss:

  • Take away an understanding of the Enneagram personality typing system and how it operates as a fluid and dynamic system
  • Know ways to develop more effective connections with others based on their Enneagram type
  • Become familiar with the general characteristics of the 9 types
  • Become familiar with how each of the 9 types responds to stress and security
  • Assignment for post-workshop learning experience

Enneagram Test Information

Before the session, mentors and interns may want to take a test to determine their Enneagram type. Below are test options:

  • Truity. This has great information about the 9 types. This test is free. https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test
  • The RHETI from the Enneagram Institute. This test is one of the oldest in the market place and has been available for over 20 years.  This test comes with a comprehensive report and the website is robust and full of good information too.  The test is $12. www.enneagraminstitute.com
  • EnneaApp. The EnneaApp has good information about the 9 types and makes for a nice, quick reference.  Simply search “EnneaApp” in the App Store on your phone to download the free app.

Intern Self-Evaluation

Interns will complete an online self-evaluation before submitting certificate of completion checklist to your mentor/supervisor. As a reminder, a copy of your responses will be shared with your host bank and VBA staff. This link will be available in mid-July.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Virginia Bankers school of bank management Shadow Day

The 2024 session of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management (Bank School) will be held in Charlottesville the week of July 21-26. On Tuesday, July 23, interns will have the opportunity to visit and shadow second year classes. 

Please RSVP for the Bank School Shadow Day by June 14 to Monica McDearmon. Please note that this event will be limited to the first 20 registrants!

Additional Resources: Read, Listen, Watch

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VBA Social Media

Resources: Read

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Resources: Watch

Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership Modules & Resources

About VTOP

The Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (VTOP) connects Virginia businesses that have work-based learning opportunities to Virginia students looking for them, with Virginia’s higher ed institutions serving as the main catalyst.

You can learn more about VTOP’s regional resources here.

VTOP Modules cover the following topics:
  • Overview and career self-development
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology
Accessing the modules:
  1. Visit this website: https://virginiacoursecatalog.atomiclms.com/#/courses/3
  2. Enter their email in the “Free Enrollment” box.
  3. Follow the prompts to register for free.
  4. Check your email to set up a password and complete the registration process (will come from Virginia Canvas).
  5. Once you have completed the registration process and logged in, you will click on the “Courses” button on the left side of the screen. This will allow you to select from the eight available modules.
VTOP Contact Information

Alisha Bazemore
Assistant Director for Innovative Work-Based Learning Initiatives
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Intern Contact Information

Intern Contact Information