22 Years of Interns: Where Are They Now?
As we prepare to welcome a new group of interns to our team this summer, we are celebrating National Internship Awareness Month. Let’s catch up with a few former interns who joined us as staff members after graduation.
They will share their experiences on their path from intern to employee. Introducing Danielle Ciccolini, who worked with our Susquehanna Valley credit and appraisal teams in 1999.
What have you been up to since your internship?
I interned in the summer of 1999, graduated from Cornell University in December 1999 and began working at Horizon on Jan 3, 2000, which was the official first day for the Horizon association. I have been an Horizon employee as a credit analyst, portfolio manager, credit leader and credit manager and currently as the field operations manager.
What was the most beneficial aspect or most important thing you learned during your internship?
The most beneficial aspect for me was observing a new organization forming. I rode with loan officers on field visits but also completed independent appraisal sale study work. (My husband would say it was helpful for me to learn to read a map.)
What did you take away from your intern days?
I built relationships during my internship that helped me move into a full-time role after graduation.
One word to describe my internship experience:
What advice do you have for young adults?
Take each opportunity you get to shadow more experienced folks in the workforce. Many of them are willing to share their contacts and help you start your career.