Largest Intern Class Gets Professional Experience, Builds Workforce Diversity
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 6, 2013) – Twenty-four college students from across the country gained real-world work experience over the past three months through the National Credit Union Administration’s Summer Intern Program.
NCUA’s Summer Intern Program began in June 2010 with four interns, two of whom are currently full-time NCUA employees. Another is now a full-time employee with a credit union. Since 2010, the program has grown exponentially. The 2013 intern class was the largest to date.
“Through the Summer Intern Program we are able to make a positive impact on the agency,” said Equal Opportunity Programs Director S. Denise Hendricks. “This program allows us to provide an opportunity to students who otherwise may not get one, and the students gain valuable experience that will help them succeed.”
The agency works with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Washington Internships for Native Students, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership to recruit and place interns. These organizations serve students from groups that traditionally have low participation rates in the workforce.
Managed by NCUA’s Equal Opportunity Programs office, the Summer Intern Program helps the agency achieve a diverse workplace. Interns were hosted by every mission-critical office in the agency’s central office and in its five regions. Interns obtain professional work skills and exposure to the federal government that may benefit their communities, assist with career decisions, and potentially lead to employment with a federal agency.
NCUA is the independent federal agency created by
the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise
federal credit unions. With the backing of the full
faith and credit of the United States, NCUA operates
and manages the National Credit Union Share
Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of more than
98 million account holders in all federal credit
unions and the overwhelming majority of
state-chartered credit unions. At
Pocket Cents, NCUA also educates the public on consumer protection and financial literacy issues.