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EKU Business Students Receive Prestigious FDIC Internship

EKU’s School of Business provides multiple opportunities to students, including creating connections with industry experts in order to expand students’ professional networks and prepare them for careers after graduation. A recent visit with Amy Neal from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) opened the door for another great internship opportunity for students.

The internship program seeks team-oriented individuals with strong analytical and quantitative skills, as well as strong oral and written communication. Two EKU business students were identified as a perfect fit. These students are sophomore Kassidy Easterling and junior Dalton Wiles. Both are Richmond, Kentucky natives and will be interning at the Lexington branch of the FDIC.

Kassidy EasterlingKassidy is a double major, studying Accounting and Management with a concentration in Human Resources and a minor in Banking and Financial Services. Dalton is also a double major, studying Finance and Risk Management and Insurance.

When asked why they chose their majors, Kassidy gave credit to her father who worked for fourteen years at Corning Inc. as a Global Supply Chain Director and now serves as a Global Supply Chain instructor and Executive in Residence for the Management, Marketing and International Business department at EKU. Her father’s influence prompted Kassidy to seek a major within the School of Business. Dalton has a strong interest in the stock market, and investment techniques. Additionally, Dalton hopes to utilize a knowledge of insurance and risk assessment in his future.  

The program will give Kassidy and Dalton professional experience in the financial regulatory field, experiencing theDalton Wiles evolving issues faced by the banking industry. They will receive hands-on experience evaluating banking operations, strategies in risk management, and consumer protection strategies. In addition, Kassidy and Dalton expect to acquire a wealth of knowledge in banking laws and regulatory procedures with the aid of FDIC professionals working alongside them. Interns are able to participate in on-site bank examinations and understand supervisory proceedings.

Both Kassidy and Dalton hope to pursue a career with the FDIC. Upon completion of the internship program,participants may be given the opportunity for a full-time position post-graduation as Financial Institution Specialists under the Corporate Employee Program.

The students went through a rigorous, nearly three month long application process involving polishing their cover letters and resumes, along with gathering references, which was followed by an interviewing process. 

Kassidy and Dalton plan to utilize this internship to expand their professional network and gain hands-on experience in a field they both hope to pursue a career in one day soon. Congratulations to both students on this achievement. They are the first EKU students in recent history to be selected as interns with the FDIC.

Published on March 19, 2019

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