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Trustmark’s military internship program helps military veterans make transitions

navy salute_rgbTrustmark Bank is recruiting heroes for its military internship program. The bank recognizes the desirable work traits of those who have served in the armed forces and honors their commitment to service.

“We are proud to express our gratitude and exercise our commitment to military service by offering professional assistance to former and current military service members through this program,” said Rebecca Vaughn-Furlow, human resources director for Trustmark.

One internship session is complete, and the recruiting window recently closed on the second class. Recruitment for the spring 2015 class begins in November. Visit the Trustmark website (trustmark.com/military) for details.

This 12-week paid internship provides job training, networking opportunities and professional development to military retirees and separatees, as well as active reservists and current members of the National Guard who apply for and are selected to participate in the program. Each intern has two Trustmark employees who act as mentors, providing professional guidance and coaching throughout the program. The goal is to afford each intern an opportunity for professional growth while he or she learns more about Trustmark and its opportunities.

“Trustmark is always looking for opportunities to support our community, including our military members who have returned home after giving their time to serve our country,” Vaughn-Furlow said. “The executive team of Trustmark shared a vision for supporting and honoring our military members by providing them with an internship program that allows them to utilize their talents, abilities and valuable skills developed in the military, while also honing their skill sets to better prepare them for a transition into the work place.”

Becky Vaughn-Furlow

Becky Vaughn-Furlow

She points out that military men and women are individuals with high integrity and an outstanding work ethic who are disciplined and have worked hard – traits that make them desirable employees.

Trustmark employee Jackie Taylor is serving as a mentor for the interns because she thinks it’s important for businesses to create initiatives to support the community’s military members.

“Having worked in the military and professional environments, I understand that the transition back to civilian work places can be a challenge,” she said.

“As one of the associates serving as a mentor, I hope we will be able to help them develop the confidence to realize how much they already have to offer the professional world while recognizing how they can adjust their focus to see how they can be an integral part of helping the company achieve its mission.”

Interns participate in up to three four-week long departmental rotations that are assigned based on their professional skills, educational background and personal interests. The goal is to afford each intern an opportunity for professional growth while he or she learns more about Trustmark and its career opportunities.

Vaughn-Furlow says feedback about the program has been positive. “The interns have been grateful to Trustmark for providing a well-put-together program that truly benefits them,” she said. “Several have mentioned that this program surpassed other programs they have seen provided by the government or other businesses.”

One intern, Robert, said “This is the first place where people truly cared about me and how I feel.”

Each department of the bank that hosted a military intern gave great feedback, Vaughn-Furlow added.

“They were able to utilize the interns for important projects as well as every day tasks,” she said. “The jobs done by each intern were impressive and far surpassed our need. Several departments did not want to let their interns leave at the end of their rotation because they were doing such great jobs. This fulfilled our goal of finding each intern a full-time job which is what we were hoping to accomplish with the program.”

Trustmark advertises the program on billboards, poster and in newspapers along with sending human resources recruiters to veterans’ job fairs to recruit in person. The program is also posted on the bank’s careers website.

Once applications are reviewed for qualifications, candidates are contacted for interviews to begin the selection process.

This year’s fall program is scheduled to begin Sept. 2.

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