2021 Virtual Internship Program Recap
June-August 2021

Post Monica McDearmon

From June-August 2021, 36 students participated in the VBA Internship Program with eight banks across the state. Through this program, interns were exposed to the industry through a variety of projects, online coursework, departmental rotations through their banks, community engagement and virtual training from the VBA. Interns who completed a set of requirements were eligible to receive the VBA Summer Internship Program Certificate of Completion.

In May, the VBA held a virtual Mentor Orientation for bankers who would be serving as intern supervisors throughout the program. Mentors learned about the importance of creating an educational experience for their interns by setting clear learning objectives. Interns began the program in June at the virtual Intern Orientation where they learned about the VBA, the banking industry, and how to maximize their summer internship opportunity. Interns also heard from two Emerging Bank Leaders, Spencer Lowry, American National Bank & Trust Co., and Eric Floyd, C&F Bank, who shared their stories about their careers in banking. 

Throughout the summer, interns participated in weekly Zoom meetings on a variety of banking topics. They had an opportunity to interact with the Emerging Bank Leaders Steering Committee and had meaningful discussion on the different capstone topics that were researched throughout the summer. Other weekly meeting presentations included and Enneagram Workshop;  Business Etiquette and Other HR Best Practices; a presentation from The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; an interview with Realworld Founder and CEO; Recruiting, Interview Skills, LinkedIn Best Practices and Resume Tips; and capstone project discussions and presentations. Participating interns also had the opportunity to attend the virtual sessions of the Pathways to Connect & Protect series.

Details about the 2022 program will be announced in early 2022. 

Congratulations to the Following Students for Earning the VBA Internship Program Certificate of Completion

Student Bank College/
University

Morgan Harris

American National Bank & Trust Co.

Meredith College

Johnny Tran

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Cindy Huang 

Atlantic Union Bank 

University of Virginia 

Reginald Holmes

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Tahir Shehzad

Atlantic Union Bank 

College of William and Mary 

Rohit Vishnubhatla

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Sidney Carrion

Atlantic Union Bank 

University of Richmond 

Nana Brew-Butler

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Omar Khan

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Aravind Surumpudi

Atlantic Union Bank 

College of William and Mary 

Fizan Fida

Atlantic Union Bank 

College of William and Mary 

Jafet Rubi

Atlantic Union Bank 

University of Richmond 

Haji Awais

Atlantic Union Bank 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Fallyn Hawks 

Benchmark Community Bank

Longwood University 

Megan Gaffney 

C&F Bank

La Salle University 

Nicolas Born 

C&F Bank

University of Richmond 

RaShara Bentley 

C&F Bank

University of Mary Washington 

Andrew Cagle 

C&F Bank

Christopher Newport University 

Andressa Bardelli

Chain Bridge Bank

University of the District of Columbia 

Aneesha Naik

Chain Bridge Bank

Randolph Macon College 

Ella Weaver 

Chain Bridge Bank

Boston College 

Alex Oliver

Skyline National Bank 

George Mason University 

Ethan Cook

Skyline National Bank 

Virginia Tech

Lakin Hall

Skyline National Bank 

Wytheville Community College

Jonathan Anderson 

Skyline National Bank 

UNC Wilmington 

Rachel Miller 

Skyline National Bank 

UNC Greensboro

Jake Bentley 

Skyline National Bank 

UNC Chapel Hill

Jacob Floyd 

The Bank of Southside Virginia 

James Madison University 

Abbey Shorten

United Bank

Virginia Tech

Bailey Deskins

United Bank

Clemson University

Jacob Syner

United Bank

West Virginia University

Victor Jimenez

United Bank

College of Charleston

Kelsey O’Bryan

United Bank

Virginia Tech

Manav Patel

United Bank

West Virginia University

Sparkle Mark

United Bank

The George Washington University

Zaire Webb

United Bank

Georgetown University

Weekly Zoom Meeting Details & Speakers

Business Etiquette & Other HR Best Practices
Suzie Allen, VBA, and Amy Mellinger, Powell Valley National Bank

Enneagram Workshop
Katie West

Q&A with Realworld Founder & CEO
Genevieve Ryan Bellaire
EBL Guests: Terry Parker, TowneBank, and Brody Rotzoll, The Bank of Southside Virginia

VBA Emerging Bank Leaders Panel Discussion
Panelists: Melissa Crawford, Chesapeake Bank; Scott Griffin, Skyline National Bank; and Dorothy Welch, Blue Ridge Bank

Capstone Project Rotation Discussions with VBA Emerging Bank Leaders

Presentation from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
JM Nemish & Brian Thompson, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
EBL Guests: Jamie Johnson and Kari VanWassen, Farmers Bank

LinkedIn
Caitlin Croswell, American Bankers Association
Interview Skills & Resume Tips
Suzie Allen, VBA & Justin Kimlel, Essex Bank

Capstone Project Discussions & Mini-Presentations
Guests: EBL Members & VBA Staff

Pictures from the Program