Program Introduction

Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain real world experience in settings outside of the classroom. The experience is designed to meet both academic and applied learning goals. The purpose of the ABA Internship Program is to provide a practical and intensive training to students who genuinely desire working in the banking industry. Students will be able to apply the information they learned in the classroom, build work history, expand professional skillsets, and lay the foundation to a career in the banking industry. Banks benefit with fresh ideas from readily equipped interns, completion of important projects put on hold, and low cost solutions for recruiting Arkansas’s next generation in banking. The ABA Internship Program provides the framework necessary for Arkansas’s Banking Industry to take the next step in creating and expanding a new generation of banking talent.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a resource for member banks to locate and recruit individuals for relevant internships.
  • Provide a resource for top college students to explore the Arkansas banking industry and the career options that are available.
  • Offer a wide range of learning opportunities and work-related banking experiences while with a community bank in Arkansas.
  • To increase student ability to function as an effective member of a bank.
  • To allow the student to acquire firsthand knowledge of specific bank processes.
  • Allow the student to gain customer service experience.
  • To increase the visibility of the Arkansas banking industry.
  • Provide college students with an understanding of how local banks impact their communities.