This summer, Synovus hired a dozen college students for 10-week paid internships in information technology, corporate banking and community banking. Along with providing meaningful work and exposure to a career in banking, an important objective of Synovus’ internship program is immersion in the company’s culture — especially community service and financial education.
In July, Synovus’ interns designed and delivered financial literacy classes for two youth programs at Open Door Community House, a Columbus-based ministry serving the homeless and impoverished. Lessons were planned for elementary, middle and high school students, and included such topics as budgeting; savings and goal setting; needs versus wants; credit and debit cards; and identity theft.
The project left a powerful impression on the interns. One wrote, “Open Door does a wonderful job serving the community, particularly those who need it the most. The mentality of the youth we spoke to was overwhelmingly, ‘I will,’ not, ‘I might.’” Another said, “While we live in a country of equal opportunity, we do not live in a world of equal beginnings. This experience was humbling because many of these kids do not have a support system like I did. Open Door provides support, but these kids are also extremely self-motivated and driven to get an education and provide a better life for themselves.”
Basic financial literacy is an essential aspect of modern life, and an important part of the way Synovus — and its interns — support communities.