What would it feel like to enter your senior year of college with a job already lined up after graduation? Just ask business administration major Bronsen Stevens ’20.
“It feels really great,” Stevens said. “It’s the affirmation that my investment in college was worth it and the proof that my degree is going to pay off.”
Over the summer, Stevens completed his internship requirement with KeyBank, a national, commercial, Fortune 500 bank that provides a variety of financial services. At the Portland, Maine, consumer bank location, Stevens was introduced to the banking world as he rotated through different departments including business to business, private bank and wealth, and home lending and other credit. Because there are a multitude of laws and regulations within the world of banking, he spent much of his time in a classroom setting, learning as much as he could. Stevens also aided with operations by determining credit and participating in client meetings.
By the end of his internship, Stevens proved too important to let go, and KeyBank offered him a full-time position pending graduation. When summer 2020 rolls around, he will begin phase two of his banking career, which consists of at least another year focusing on his certification as a full-time banker.
Stevens landed his internship, in part, by building his resume at Colby-Sawyer. As the two-term president of the Student Government Association (SGA), he oversees the operations of SGA as a whole, facilitates senate meetings, receives updates from SGA committee chairs and reports to the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees. Additionally, Stevens is a member of Alpha Chi national college honor society, the Presidential Blue Key Society, and serves as a student representative for the Business Program Review Board. He has also worked as a student ambassador since his first-year at the college, helping him to connect with the community, grow his responsibilities, and join the “overarching umbrella of citizenship” at Colby-Sawyer.
Stevens also acknowledges that an alumni-funded grant, designated towards his living expenses, helped make his internship possible. “Thanks to that donor,” Stevens said. “I was able to live in Portland, have a great internship experience, and receive an incredible job offer.”