Each summer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from leading universities for the Bank’s nine-week, paid internship program.
The year’s program officially began on June 4, 2018. It was kick-started the Saturday before the start date by Atlanta Challenge, a team building company, in Centennial Olympic Park. The interns were split into three teams and sent on a scavenger hunt around the park to learn about the city and complete Olympic-themed challenges using an iPad® in this year’s activity named iChase.
The challenges included a photo of the entire team jumping in mid-air and a video of the team performing a mock newscast about a historical event in Atlanta.
Throughout the morning, a remote Game Master kept track of points and reviewed photo and video submissions from the teams. Points were distributed based on completion and creativity in fulfilling the challenges.
“The main goal of the annual team building event is to develop a unit among the interns. Most of them are not in the same department, so the event allows them to form an idea of how they can work with one another before the start of the internship,” shared Melody Austin, the human resources generalist in charge of the internship program. “It’s about building a network for the students.”
The activity promoted friendly competition and encouraged team members to work closely together. Ultimately, the purple team proudly claimed the highest score, with the green and gray teams following closely behind.
“I was able to gain more knowledge about the Olympics and the history of Atlanta. I have been to the park before, but I never carefully read anything,” stated Yunhan Li, a rising 4th year in the Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD program at the University of Georgia. Li is a 2018 Enterprise Risk Management intern at the Bank.
“The activity helped us build relationships with the other interns before our first day of work.
Having familiar faces in the office made the adjustment to a brand new job a lot easier,” stated Treasury intern and rising undergraduate senior at Emory University Joshua Pynn. “I was ready to put forth my best effort and hit the ground running.”
To learn more about FHLBank Atlanta’s internship program, click here to watch a quick video.