“Southeast did a great job teaching practical skills with Microsoft applications that have allowed me to succeed in my internships,” Banning said. “I have learned how to network, how to use Excel, how to effectively manage people and have been able to see what it takes to make a business team run smoothly and efficiently.”
Banning, who will continue with U.S. Bank Corporate through Aug. 12, is focused on working with trust technology and security services in wealth management, while getting the opportunity to network with coworkers and senior management, and participate in meetings.
“My role as an intern is to data mine and find ways to discover duplicates in their system,” Banning said. “My day to day job is spent working in Excel and other applications, pulling reports to logically discover ways to find items that had been set up twice and meeting with different business lines learning about what they do and skills they are needing.”
Working with the applications has allowed him to teach his co-workers new Microsoft Excel skills, including pivot tables and formulas and speed up software processes.
“The highlight was being able to ask executives questions in meetings and getting to understand where they came from and how they got there,” he said.
Banning found the internship through Southeast’s Career Services Career Expo when he talked to a U.S. Bank campus recruiter. After multiple interviews, he was accepted into the internship.
“I wanted to learn if corporate banking was the career path I wanted to go,” he said. “I also wanted to learn about as many professions and opportunities that the bank offers and what made people enjoy working here so much.”
He hopes this internship experience might open up the opportunity for a full-time job after graduation.
“U.S. Bank has an amazing culture,” he said. “They actually let us volunteer for a day at the local YMCA to give back because they care about building and growing the community. They encourage employees to do the same.”
Banning of Salem, Illinois, is majoring in finance and minoring in economics at Southeast. He will enter his senior year in the fall and plans to study in Germany during the spring 2018 semester before graduating next May. He hopes to have a future in investment banking.
“Southeast helped me develop analysis skills to identify problems and then come up with solutions,” he said. “Professors have helped push me in the direction of banking, and through class work, I have gained the ability to data mine” which, he says, is valuable to employers.
His leadership and people skills also have been integral, he says, qualities he attributes to his experience as a resident assistant. After graduation, he plans on earning his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and wants to enter the workforce while working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA).