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School of Business Senior Offered Full-time Position with FDIC

Dalton Wiles

Gaining hands-on job experience while pursuing a college degree is an opportunity that often grants students a jump-start to their careers prior to graduation, including EKU School of Business student Dalton Wiles.  Now a senior, Wiles recently completed a summer internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Wiles is currently studying Finance along with Risk Management and Insurance with a minor in Banking. The 21-year-old is a Richmond native and was one of four students from the state of Kentucky chosen to be an intern for the FDIC. He is also one of the first EKU students in recent history to complete an internship with the FDIC.

Wiles heard about the internship in his Accounting class with Dr. Laura Barthel. Upon further discussion with his professor he decided to apply. The hiring process was long and included background checks, a phone interview, a polished resume and references as well as copies of his fingerprints. Once offered the position he traveled to Chicago, Illinois for an initial orientation at the start of the summer. Upon return from Chicago, he had a week-long orientation at the field office located in Lexington, KY.

The full-time internship consisted of traveling to various banks all over Kentucky. Wiles was responsible for doing examinations of banks and was mentored to learn about acts, regulations, loans, disclosures as well as deposit account disclosures. “I know a lot more about bank regulations now and my communication skills when talking to professionals has improved,” explained Wiles. He said that his finance, risk management, and corporate communication and technology courses at EKU helped to prepare him for the internship.

In the beginning of August, Wiles visited Washington, D.C. for a hiring event. On August 10, 2019 he received a job offer from the FDIC contingent on maintaining a certain GPA as well as completing the rest of his internship during winter break. He decided to accept the position and will start once he graduates in May 2020. When not studying this semester, Wiles is working at a local mechanic shop. He enjoys cars, basketball and going to the movies. Wiles’ advice for other students wanting to gain job experience: “Be professional. Politeness goes a long way.”

Written by Christina Dunavan, Student Writer

Published on September 26, 2019

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