“Wimington Savings Fund Society was the best thing that could have happened to me this summer.”
John, a senior Accounting and Finance double major at the University of Delaware, couldn’t have asked for a better internship. This summer, he interned with Wilmington Savings Funds Society (WSFS). As an intern, he not only learned about every day responsibilities and general bank management, but he also further developed his accounting and finance knowledge to apply to his classes here at the University of Delaware.
As this week’s featured Blue Hen intern, John shares with us his experiences, as well as, some advice he gives to those interested in pursuing a similar internship or career path. To learn more about John and receive an inside look on what it’s like to intern for WSFS, read the interview we had with him below!
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Expected Year of Graduation: 2015
Where did you intern? Wilmington Savings Funds Society (WSFS)
How did you hear about your internship? Explain the interview process, as well.
A friend of mine had interned with the company last summer, so I decided to apply. After a series of interviews, I was placed in the retail sector.
What were your responsibilities as an intern for WSFS?
The majority of my responsibilities included managing bank transactions in a retail setting. I focused mainly on customer interactions and teller duties. I also reviewed accounts in addition to placing calls concerning customers’ account performance. In between these duties, I also briefed customers on different financial instruments and accounts the bank offered.
What was your favorite thing about your internship?
I enjoyed the responsibility of making sure people’s money went into the right place.
As an accounting major, what is one thing you can take away from your internship and apply to your classes here at the University of Delaware?
Bank reconciliations are an important part of accounting, and as a bank employee I received firsthand experience in understanding the process behind it. Having that experience will help me further understand the material I’ll learn in my classes. Not only that, but it’ll be useful for the rest of my career!
What was something unexpected that happened during or came out of your internship experience?
During my stay at the bank, the company switched over to a new computer system. This brought a lot of change to the company, and was handled, overall, very smoothly.
Any words of wisdom for other students that may be interested in pursuing this or a similar internship?
Pay attention during training!
Great practical advice! Any additional words of career wisdom that you would like to share?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are unsure of what to do in a situation.
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