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Summer Internship Encourages Local Career Development

June 21, 2019

Branson Bank is continuing to encourage area college students to put down roots in Taney and Stone Counties, post-graduation, through the bank’s unique internship program entitled, “Test Drive.” Test Drive provides college students the opportunity to witness and participate in a wide variety of jobs throughout the financial institution so that students can make an educated decision on where they should focus their future job search post-graduation in a local, financial institution.

“As a member of the Taney County Partnership, we support the workforce development initiative by encouraging young people to stay – to live, work, and grow in this great community,” stated Bill Jones, President at Branson Bank. “This is one small way that we hope to serve our business community and it should prove to be a mutually beneficial partnership as we bring on young talent to our growing organization.”

Through a thorough application process, Oklahoma Baptist University student, Matt Baker, was selected to partner with Branson Bank for the 2019 summer. Test Drive is open to all college students, regardless of college affiliation, who have an interest in a future financial career path and can fulfill the program requirements.

“Although I’m going to school out-of-state to play football, Branson is home for me,” said Matt Baker, Junior at Oklahoma Baptist University. “I believe, had I chosen to go to a more corporate institution, I would not get to see all the working pieces. Branson Bank provides the full picture and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

As a local community bank, Branson Bank has the unique ability to provide training in multiple financial and business-related departments. Test Drive offers a 10 week college summer semester that allows the selected intern the opportunity to experience time with each of the following departments: Human Resources, Retail Teller Line, Retail New Accounts, Retail Operations, Loan Officer/ Assistant, Loan Portfolio Management, Loan Operations, Bank Management, Compliance/Security, Information Technology, and Marketing. The intern will complete the program with an overview of all the job opportunities available to those seeking future employment within a financial institution.

Pictured above: Matt Baker, student at Oklahoma Baptist University, working alongside Don Gass, Financial Advisor, during a recent project.