The NCUA recently wrapped up work with its largest group of interns yet in the four years it has operated its summer intern program.
To reach out to students from groups that traditionally have low participation rates in the workforce, the NCUA said, it works with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Washington Internships for Native Students, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership to recruit and place interns.
The agency said it hosted 24 college students from across the country this year. The program began in 2010 with four interns, the agency said, and two now are fulltime NCUA employees and a third works at a credit union.
The program is managed by the NCUA’s Equal Opportunity Programs office and interns were hosted by every mission-critical office in the agency’s central office and in its five regions, the agency said.
“This program allows us to provide an opportunity to students who otherwise may not get one, and the students gain valuable experience that will help them succeed,” said Equal Opportunity Programs Director S. Denise Hendricks.
Tara Flores, left, is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and also worked in the NCUA’s Office of Human Resources this summer.