MURRAY, Ky. — Jaime Staengel spent last summer interning at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Murray State University senior will be graduating in May 2017 with a double major in economics and German and a double minor in mathematics and business administration.
As Staengel begins to make plans for after graduation, she reflects on her internship for guidance.
At the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Staengel was able to participate in the bank’s interdisciplinary experience capstone project. The project required teamwork to solve an actual problem that a division in the bank was having.
Staengel was able to speak with senior vice presidents, regional executives and other individuals in senior leadership roles to gain feedback and knowledge from years of experience that “impacted me and is something I will remember for a long time,” said Staengel.
It was during Day at the Fed, an event she attended with a professor and peers last fall, that Staengel was able to interview for the internship.
“Although I originally applied for a different internship role in either the economic research or banking supervision and regulation departments, when the opportunity presented itself to work at the Fed for an entire summer, I followed the opportunity presented to me and prepared myself to learn as much as I could about human resources,” she said. “Being open and adaptable to new experiences is a mindset I try to maintain in life, and this internship offered something new for me to experience and learn.”
Staengel credits her success to several opportunities at Murray State University. Being a member of the Racer Oral Communication Center as well as the Murray State Speech and Debate Union helped her excel in the realm of public address. It was her classes in the Honors College that prepared her to think critically about assignments given to her at the bank.
“Murray State prepared me and made me confident that I will be prepared for any job I take after graduation,” said Staengel.
She hopes to apply for a research associate role at the bank that she learned about while interning there this summer.
As Staengel reflects back on her internship at the bank, she said “this opportunity afforded me the chance to grow professionally and know what it is like to work in a professional environment. I left my internship with many transferrable skills I can take with me.”
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