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Jan. 29, 2018
Presented by MetaBank
A desire to stay in Sioux Falls prompted Anthony Hall to apply for an internship with MetaBank.
“I wanted to find a place where I could make a real impact in my hometown. A lot of my peers seem to be in a hurry to leave South Dakota. But I think Sioux Falls is poised to become the next major city in the Midwest, and I wanted to stay here and help make that happen.”
MetaBank is investing in its internship program in the hopes of attracting local talent and retaining them after graduation.
In 2017, Meta piloted a program with a structured forum that allowed interns to interact with each other while developing as a professional through educational segments. The curriculum included resume tips and reviews, mock interviews, a professional development book club and a session outlining best practices of professional social media use.
The entire program concluded with intern presentations highlighting their experience: what they learned and overall thoughts with senior managers and peers. The program had five interns last summer working throughout various departments of the business.
“Meta’s internship program is unique because we want our interns to fit well within our organization,” said Sally Miller, credit analyst supervisor and Hall’s mentor during his internship. “On Anthony’s first day, we had him attend new-employee orientation to introduce him to Meta’s culture and expectations. As his mentor, I offered multiple training sessions, day-to-day advice and answered his questions. With this approach, Meta provides students with professional skills and hands-on experience to help them make informed career decisions.”
“We offered Anthony a full-time position as a credit analyst after he completed his internship,” said Ryan Van Duyn, vice president and senior credit analyst for MetaBank. “He was a great fit for the department. He was a quick learner and very reliable. I could tell about half-way through his internship that he would be a good addition to the company.”
“MetaBank has been a very mentally engaging workplace,” added Hall. “I’ve learned so much in my time that tied to the concepts I learned in school to real-world applications. I’m excited for the future. I look forward to continuing to accept new challenges and working to help not only the company, but the city of Sioux Falls.”
Meta will have five to eight internship openings this year. Internships are not limited to just the summer either. The internal audit department has intern positions year-round.
Applications for the 2018 internship program are available at metabank.com/careers.
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These interns did mock interviews, had mentors, a book club and learned about professional social media use as part of a restructured internship program at MetaBank.
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