Workforce Development

In order to remain competitive, the banking industry must recruit the most talented, diverse and inclusive workforce across all levels of the bank. To assist in this effort, PA Bankers actively participates in three programs to recruit the next generation of bankers and support the industry: BankWork$, Next Generation Bankers Academy and CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition.



PA Bankers Intern Program

As we shared in previous communications, the PA Bankers Association partnered with Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2021 to better build brand awareness of various career pathways in the banking industry. A pilot was held in 2022 in Central PA with a handful of member banks and Shippensburg University to develop and refine the intern program before launching statewide in 2023. Now in year two, we have several initiatives on the horizon as we expand the effort for all member banks across the Commonwealth to join the partnership.

First, we are developing a one-week externship experience for students to explore and discover the banking industry. The residential pilot will occur in May 2023. With success, a second cohort will be recruited for an August 2023 experience. The externship will take place at Shippensburg University and invite students from universities in the entire PASSHE system to participate. A team of member banks is joining PA Bankers and Shippensburg University to plan the experience. During the weeklong session, students will participate in sessions on retail banking, wealth management, and commercial banking. In addition, students will visit local banks to learn about key occupations and meet senior leaders.

Next, we are establishing an early talent internship program to launch in the summer of 2023. This program will feature a rotational paid internship program geared towards first- and second-year students with the ongoing intent to raise awareness about careers in the banking industry. Universities within the PASSHE system will recruit students to participate in the program, and Shippensburg University will work with its Office of Exploratory Studies (undeclared or undecided majors). A team of member banks is joining PBA and Shippensburg University to plan the experience.

Shippensburg University is creating a recruitment toolkit for banks that have established job-specific internships like marketing, IT, credit analysis, etc. The toolkit will include information on how to connect with PASSHE universities to recruit university students into part- and full-time jobs and internships, how to best schedule on-campus recruitment activities, and provide tips and best practices for internship programs. The university will work directly with the other PASSHE
universities to recruit students into the early talent and existing internship programs for summer 2023. We encourage our member banks to share job postings for
existing intern positions with Shippensburg University so they can assist with recruiting interns from PASSHE universities.

Shippensburg University is also creating an internship toolkit on how to develop and implement an internship program at your bank with assistance from Shippensburg's Career Center. The toolkit will be ready for distribution in January 2023.

Finally, Shippensburg University will provide a leadership development program to interns across all member banks during the summer of 2023. The program, delivered live via zoom, features university faculty and industry experts who cover critical skill development topics based on the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) standards. Some examples of session topics included
emotional intelligence, personal branding and networking, DEI in the workplace, and communication and intentional listening. Interns at all member banks may participate. Look for more information in the spring.

This partnership and the deliverables over the next year allow us to highlight the fantastic career opportunities in the banking industry, create meaningful experiences that will benefit college students across the state, and increase talent coming into the banking industry. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michelle Staton with the PA Bankers Association.



Working in communities of need and with students who typically would not be considered qualified candidates for banking/financial services positions, BankWork$ offers opportunities to succeed in well-paying jobs that can lead to a lasting career in the banking industry. Each eight-week class is designed to train entry-level bank tellers, customer service representatives and personal banker candidates and ultimately provide and connect those candidates to local banks and financial institutions.

Click here to view a BankWork$ success story.

CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition

The Conference of State Banking Supervisors (CSBS) Community Bank Case Study Competition is a national program that pairs undergraduate college/university student teams with local community banks to conduct original case studies. Through this case study, students will engage in an experiential learning opportunity that will allow them to network with local banks, CSBS staff and academics. Click here to learn more information.

Michelle Staton
Chief Operating Officer
(717) 255-6923