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Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Credit Analyst Intern

May 2021 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The people were amazing

What I wish was different

I wish the job was somewhat more rewarding for interns. It feels like I do busywork all day.

Advice

It's a great career field to learn about. The training is awesome.
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Bank Teller

June 2019 • Merrill, MI

What I liked

I help customers make deposits and withdrawals to their accounts. I do any customer service related tasks. I answer phone and attend weekly team meetings.

What I wish was different

I wish it was closer. I think that working with my own community could be more beneficial for me overall.

Advice

Apply and use your experience to get internships or promotions.
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Credit Intern

May 2019 • Alma, MI

What I liked

This internship has taught me a lot about accounting which I've struggled in school with.

What I wish was different

More hands on experiences and opportunities to get out of the office.

Advice

I highly recommend this internship to anyone studying accounting or finance. It is a great internship to have on a resume and teaches you a lot about financial spreading, cash flow analysis and portfolio management.
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Human Resources Intern

April 2019 • Alma, MI

What I liked

The hands on experience with real work and tasks that are necessary for the company to function. Being able to utilize techniques and strategies taught by the business department at Alma College and apply it to real world situations. Also, being assigned tasks that are unique to my strengths so I can showcase my abilities in that area. There were also some tasks that were challenging which I was able to demonstrate my abilities to handle challenges and overcome my weaknesses by using the proper resources.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I wish would have been different is more work outside of the office. I was able to travel both locally and to Grand Rapids for a trainings, conferences, and even a retirement party. I really enjoyed that aspect of the job and I wish I would have had more opportunities to do that kind of stuff.

Advice

For anyone that is looking into getting a job or internship, use your resources at Alma College. The CSO is a great place to get your resume ready and do mock interviews. The most important thing, in my opinion, to getting the job or internship you are setting out for is first landing the interview, through networking and having a stellar resume, and then creating a great first impression with your interviewer. It is not all about how great your credentials are, being a standout person by having confidence and being yourself is equally as important.
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Navigation Systems Support

June 2019 • Wyoming, MI

What I liked

I loved the work atmosphere. Everyone is so helpful and willing to help others.

What I wish was different

I do wish I started the internship earlier in the summer. I also wish we spent more time with fellow interns as well.

Advice

Network and go among the other departments and ask about their process at work and continue to network. Grasp all you can from this internship.
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Mortgage Clerk Intern

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

My boss was extremely supportive from the first day of work. She effectively trained me to be prepared for each task at hand, and then gave me the freedom to perform through my time with the company. Mercantile's company culture is amazing and they are a company that I'd love to work for moving forward.

What I wish was different

Nothing within the job itself should have been different. But I do think I was underpaid according to the tasks I completed and the value I brought to the company and in comparison to other internships.

Advice

Ask questions constantly to ensure you and your supervisor are on the same page. Set up meetings with your boss on at least a monthly basis to ensure your own success and allow for opportunities to improve.
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Commercial Loans Clerk Intern

June - August 2018 • Troy, MI

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere. Everyone is really there to help. You don't have to feel too worried about not understanding. It was the perfect first internship and I would recommend this to anyone.

What I wish was different

I was the only intern in the Troy office, so I wish that I could've hung out with the other interns more.

Advice

Learn as much as possible. Be proactive when taking assignments. Ask for what you can do better. Don't be afraid of constructive criticism.
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