Students qualify for internships as part of Future Bankers Camp

Students qualify for internships as part of Future Bankers Camp
Students qualify for internships as part of Future Bankers Camp
Future Bankers Camp participants are pictured at the Federal Reserve Bank in Miami.
(Photo Credit: Federal Reserve Bank)

Scores of high school students in Miami-Dade County have been selected to participate in the prestigious 12th annual Future Bankers Camp, which includes summer internships at area financial institutions.

The innovative four-week camp gives 104 students the opportunity to enhance math, communication and financial literacy skills in the classroom followed by internships with hands-on experience at 30 banks, credit unions, and institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition, the students will receive bank teller training and on completion of the internships will receive American Bankers Association Bank Teller Certificates.

“For more than a decade our Future Bankers Camp has been successful in giving high school students a closeup view of what a career in banking could be like for them,” said Connie Laguna, president and CEO of the Center for Financial Training-Southeastern. “We deeply appreciate the generous partnership of the financial community, which has gone out of its way to provide guidance and mentorship.”

The Future Bankers Camp is a project of the Center for Financial Training-Southeastern, Miami Dade College Miguel B. Fernandez Family Global School of Business & Continuing Education, CareerSource of South Florida, and Cuban American National Council (CNC). The South Florida Banking Institute and Albert E. Acuña PA also are involved. The students are enrolled in Academy of Finance high school programs within Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Participating banks and credit unions are: Amerant Bank, Apollo Bank, Bac Florida, Banco Pichincha, Banco Santander, Banesco USA, Baptist Health South Florida F.C.U., BBVA Compass Bank, Capital Bank, City National Bank, Continental National Bank, FirstBank Florida, First National Bank of South Miami, Grove Bank & Trust, Helm Bank USA, International Finance Bank, JetStream Federal Credit Union, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Marquis Bank, Ocean Bank, Pacific National Bank, Popular Bank, Power Financial Credit Union, Professional Bank, Sunstate Bank, TD Bank, U.S. Century Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

“We are living in an age of technology in which many young people are unaware of what takes place at a bank,” said A. Alfonso Macedo, president and CEO at Ocean Bank. “It’s important they see how we help our community to thrive through access to capital and how we develop face-to-face relationships with clients. At Ocean Bank, we are proud of our role with the Future Bankers Camp and having been host to hundreds of high school interns through the years. I look forward to meeting the 25 interns our bank will host this year.”

High schools with students participating in the 2019 program are: Barbara Goleman, Coral Gables, Coral Reefl, Dr. Michael M. Krop, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Edison, Miami Jackson, Miami Sunset, North Miami Beach, Showers of Blessing Christian Academy, South Dade and William H. Turner Technical Arts High School.

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