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Derek Bannister

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, History
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

Entering into the working world, even if just for a summer, gave me a great idea of what to expect after graduation. I loved getting to know the Capital One culture, and that is exactly what is bringing me back to Capital One as a full-time employee. The other great part of having this internship was getting to know the other interns very well, as a few of them have become some of my very best friends.

Not only did [this internship] help me understand what I want in a full-time job, but it also helped me think critically about my longer-term goals

How did this experience impact you academically?

In terms of academics, having an internship where I learned what I'm truly interested in helped me narrow down my classroom interests. I now have a much better sense of where my strengths and weaknesses are, allowing me to strategically choose classes that will make me a more well-rounded individual. Also, I realized how much I love banking this summer, which played a big role in how I chose the topic of my honors thesis.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship experience could not have been more helpful. Not only did it help me understand what I want in a full-time job, but it also helped me think critically about my longer-term goals. I hope to go to business school for an MBA after working for a few years, and my determination to fulfill this goal was only strengthened by my time at Capital One. I was lucky enough to have a few mentors during the summer that helped me understand how such a goal might look in practice, which helped me contemplate the pros and cons of going back to school for a few years.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows program has had a hand in all my academic experiences here at Penn State. The honors and upper-level classes that I have taken to fulfill Paterno Fellow requirements have been challenging enough to prepare me for life outside of school while also introducing me to professors who are more helpful than I could have ever imagined. When it comes to this particular internship, the requirements outside of the classroom have provided the impetus for me to pursue an internship. Without the guidance of the Paterno Fellows Program, I'm truly not sure that I would have explored the different opportunities that I have.

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