2024 VBA Internship Program
Mentor Resources

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You will find all 2024 VBA Internship Program materials, resources and templates on this page. The interns will also be given a link to their own resource webpage for use throughout the summer. Please contact Monica McDearmon with questions. 

Save the date for our next virtual mentor meeting on June 25 from 10-11 a.m. A calendar invite will be sent soon.

Save the date for Virginia Intern Day on July 25, 2024!

Intern Registration Information

Banks are asked to register their interns by May 8, 2024. Please see the PDF below to complete the registration. Please note – you’ll need to copy pages 2 and 3 to register more than one intern for the program. Please contact Monica if you have any questions about this form.

2024 Mentor Orientation

VBA Certificate of Completion Requirements

Interns participating in the VBA Internship Program will be eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion if they meet the following requirements. Mentors are asked to send the certificate checklist and all necessary documentation to Monica no later than August 30.

  • 2024 Certificate Checklist - Fillable PDF
    • Complete an American Bankers Association (ABA) online training course OR equivalent online banking industry training (must be approved by the VBA). 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 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 Courses

*To have an equivalent online banking industry training approved, please email Monica the following information:

  • Name of training provider.
  • Name of online course.
  • Brief course description.
  • Estimated amount of time spent to complete the course.

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. 

In-Person Meetings

Interns must attend at least one of the in-person meetings as part of their certificate requirements.

Intern Orientation – May 23

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the VBA Office, 4490 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA

Hotel Information
Hampton Inn Richmond West – Innsbrook
10800 W. Broad St.
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 USA

We have a group rate available for the night of May 22. Please click here to make reservations. 

This one-day introduction to the program is a great opportunity for your interns to meet the other students in the program, members of the VBA staff and bankers from across Virginia. Sessions will include:

  • Welcome, Banking Industry, and Careers in Banking Introduction
  • VBA Internship Program Overview
  • Business Etiquette Presentation
  • …and more!

View the full agenda here!

Mid-Summer Meet Up – July 9

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

Hotel Information
Hampton Inn Richmond West – Innsbrook
10800 W. Broad St.
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 USA

We have a group rate available for the night of July 8. Please click here to make reservations. 

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

  • EBL Panel Discussion
  • Capstone Project Research Rotations with EBL Members
  • Resume Workshop, Interview Skills and Other HR Best Practices Session
  • Presentation Skills Presentation
  • …and more!

Virtual Meetings

Interns must attend at least three of the virtual meetings as part of their certificate requirements.

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

The meeting schedule can be found below. All meetings will be held from 10-11 a.m. except the Enneagram Workshop on May 30 which will be held from 10-11:30 a.m.

  • May 30 – Enneagram Workshop* (see below)
    Laura Shibut, StartUp Virginia
    This session will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. and is designed for the interns and their mentors.
  • June 10 - CRA 101
    Nathalia Artus, Atlantic Union Bank
  • June 20 - AI in the Banking Industry
    Paul Carney, Carter Bank & Trust
  • June 26 – The Next Generation – What Do They Want From You?
    Presentation by VBA Associate Member Rivel Banking Research
  • July 17 – DEI in the Banking Industry Panel
    Panelists will be announced soon!
  • July 31 - Capstone Project Mini-Presentations
    This will be a time for the interns to share their top takeaways from their capstone project research with the other interns.

​enneagram workshop

*This session will run from 10-11:30 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:

  • 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
  • Assignment for a 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 the 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 marketplace 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.

Templates

Evaluation Templates

  • Template - Competencies 
    This template can be used at a mid-summer and/or final intern evaluation and includes a list of recommended competencies against which you can evaluate the performance of your intern using a scale of 1-5.
  • Template - Final Evaluation by Supervisor 
    This comprehensive evaluation template can be used at the end of the summer and includes a variety of opportunities for the mentor to provide specific feedback on the intern’s overall performance.
  • Template - Mid Summer or Final Eval with Competencies 
    This evaluation template can be used at a mid-summer and/or final intern evaluation and includes summary of performance for specific learning objectives as well as a list of recommended competencies against which you can evaluate the performance of your intern using a scale of 1-5. 

Additional Learning Opportunities for Interns

The Fed Field Trip

Details about The Fed Field Trip will be announced soon!

Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management Shadow Day

The 2024 session of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management (Bank School) will be held at UVA in Charlottesville the week of July 21-26. On Tuesday, July 23, interns will have the opportunity to visit in person and shadow classes. A full schedule for the Bank School Shadow Day will be announced soon.

Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (VTOP) 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.

For interns

Interns can complete the VTOP Career Readiness modules. 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 email to set up a password and complete the registration process (will come from Virginia Canvas).
  5. Once they have completed the registration process and logged in, they will click on the “Courses” button on the left side of the screen. This will allow them to select from the eight available modules.

for mentors

  • Developing an Internship Program Modules
    • Familiarize yourself with best practices for developing an internship program for your small to mid-sized business. Each of the nine modules offers fundamentals for getting started, time-saving resources, and strategies for successfully developing and implementing an internship as an employer. Modules include:
      • Definitions and Types of Internships and Work-Based Learning Opportunities
      • Successful Internship Characteristics
      • Program Development
      • Sourcing and Recruitment
      • Intern Onboarding and Training
      • Work Performance Management Tools
      • Competency and Skill Development*
      • Military Internship Opportunity
    • To access these modules, follow the steps listed above.
  • The Virginia Employer Readiness Toolkit is a comprehensive document to aid the employer community in building and expanding internship and work-based learning opportunities for higher education students throughout the Commonwealth. The readiness toolkit provides information and key resources to employers as they consider implementing these programs either at their place of work or remotely. The toolkit helps employers with their readiness for interns to ensure the quality of the experience for students, institutions, and businesses. 
  • Learn more about and join the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers here.

vtop contact information

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

YRichmond

ChamberRVA offers YRichmond, an internship engagement experience, to employers around the region each summer. This program connects interns at dozens of local companies of all sizes with each other and provides an enriching introduction to RVA and all it has to offer.

You can learn more about the program here and view the 2024 calendar of offerings here.

ChamberRVA Contact:
Allison Pollock, Program Manager | ChamberRVA

Participating Banks & Mentor Contact Information

2024 Internship Program Participating Bank Contacts

2024 Participating Banks:

  • Bank of Clarke
  • Blue Ridge Bank
  • Burke & Herbert Bank
  • Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.
  • Chesapeake Bank
  • Citizens Bank and Trust Company
  • First Bank, Virginia
  • First National Bank
  • Oak View National Bank
  • Pendleton Community Bank
  • ServisFirst Bank
  • Southern Bank and Trust Company
  • The Bank of Southside Virginia
  • TowneBank
  • Village Bank