Intern Spotlight: Farewell Interns – Thank you for a great summer!

September 6, 2018 // Careers, Community, Culture, Internship

Our final Intern Spotlight features 13 dynamic, motivated and determined students that we had the pleasure of working with this summer.  Read their stories as they share their passion, interests and lessons they’ve learned this summer at Mercantile Bank.

Jasmine Palmer

Jasmine is a junior at Winthrop University majoring in Finance. Her position as a Loan Operations Intern has encouraged her come out of her shell, and step out of her comfort zone.  Meeting her new team members helped her gain confidence and she has enjoyed learning from people who have been in her position in the past. A fun fact about Jasmine is that she was born on a military base.

Liam Perdue           

Liam attends Arizona State University. As a Commercial Loan Operations Intern this summer, he gained valuable real-world experience by working cohesively with his support team.   He learned the importance of working effectively and efficiently on time sensitive reports.  He also gained a new perspective on evaluating situations in a banking environment. A fun fact about Liam is that he can run a mile in 5 Minutes and 3 second—now that’s fast!

Christina Raeff

Christina is a junior at Western Michigan University working on a degree in Human Resources Management. She joined Mercantile as a Commercial Loan Operations intern.  During her internship she was able to gain valuable knowledge on how technology plays a role in banking.  She also enjoyed taking part in the Grand Opening of our new Portage office.  Christina is also an accomplished musician, she had the opportunity to play flute in concert band for 6 years!

Anna Roodbergen           

Anna is a recent graduate from Kalamazoo College with a degree the Mathematics and Computer Science. During her time as an Audit department intern she learned how the branches interact with many different departments to run more efficiently.  She appreciated how everyone was so willing to help answer questions and solve problems whenever possible.  Anna had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland for four months.

Nikki Schroeder

Nikki is a junior at Grand Valley State University studying Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing.  She spent this summer as an intern in the Card Services department.  In addition to learning all the ways that Mercantile can help their customers with great products, she was able to use her classroom studies when she participated in a Marketing project.  Nikki is looking forward to finishing her degree and the opportunity to indulge her love of animals but adopting a pug in the future!

Sydney Sheehan                                                      

Sydney is a sophomore at Central Michigan University studying Social Work.  She spent her summer as an intern in the Mortgage Loan Processing department, where she was known as “Syd the Kid”.  Sydney was able to jump in and really help the team from day one.  She enjoyed the opportunity to learn all that goes into getting a mortgage. She hopes that her intern experiences will help her in the future when she looks to purchase a home of her own.

Elizabeth Sheil

Elizabeth is a junior studying Human Resources and Finance at Grand Valley State University.  She was able to apply her classroom studies to her summer internship as she worked with the Human Resources team.  Elizabeth played a valuable role in the department by helping to maintain employee files, communicating with new hire candidates and creating orientation packets.  She feels this internship has provided her with a great foundation to excel in her future career path.  As an avid runner, she has a goal of running a marathon before graduating from college!

Darryl Shongedza                                          

Darryl is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with his degree in Finance.  This summer he had the opportunity to work as an intern with the Mortgage team.  Not only did he learn about some of the processes associated with mortgages, he also gained insight on the overall operations of the banking industry.  His supervisors encouraged him to work hard each day and that in-turn gave him the motivation to learn more and appreciate his team.  Darryl is a self-described astronomy geek, and a great dancer!

Gabriel Smith

Gabriel is a sophomore attending Kennesaw State University studying Political Science.  His summer internship with the Property Management department provided Gabriel with insight on many different aspects of the Bank. He had the opportunity to work on a property tax project for his team and spent time gathering data and doing research.   One of the most valuable insights has been the importance of time management and balancing work and personal time.  Gabriel is also interested in designing furniture in the future.

Victor Sosa                                                       

Victor is a senior attending Alma College studying Business Administration.  As an intern in the Marketing department this summer, Victor learned about many functions of the bank.  Through his involvement in an intern organized community project, he had the opportunity to realize the importance a community bank plays in the community around it. He enjoyed working on projects such as writing blog posts, and organizing large mailing projects.  Victor enjoys learning to play guitar and hopes to improve his skills in the future.

Sanchay Thamman

Sanchay is a freshmen studying Finance and Computer Science at Grand Valley State University.  Sanchay had the opportunity to work in the Deposit Operations department this summer.  During this internship program he learned a lot about all the different operations that go on inside the bank.   He really enjoyed the chance to work in a professional setting which is a bit of a change from his previous retail job experience.  Sanchay also enjoys playing tennis at GVSU.

George Wanty              

George is a senior at the University of Utah studying Finance and Spanish.  “Jeep” as he’s known as to his friends, worked as a Mortgage Clerk intern this summer.   Helping the disclosure department to run smoothly by working on e-signed disclosures, creating disclosure reports, and working with mortgage applications gave him the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of how the mortgage process works right through to the closing.  Through this internship, he feels confident that this is an industry he could definitely pursue after graduation.

Joseph Wenzel

Joseph attends Grand Valley State University and worked this summer as a Commercial Loan Operations intern.  He assisted the department in becoming more digital by uploading and organizing files to our online database.  One important thing he learned from this experience is the importance of taking care of personal finance. With good personal finance, working with the bank becomes much easier.  Joseph is also one of few people who can say that he’s hit a hole-in-one on the golf course!

It was a great summer with all of our interns.  All of us at Mercantile Bank wish you all great success with your future plans! Have a great year!


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