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"After completing the two-year program, Danielle earned a position as assistant branch manager at the Huntington National City Bank."

In a struggling economy, when employers are flooded with job applications, sometimes just having the right connections is what it takes to land a job. At Huntington University, the Enterprise Resource Center helped Danielle Bowman, a business management and economics & finance major, do just that

Danielle, a 2007 graduate, completed two internships through the ERC. Her first was during the fall semester of her senior year in the accounting department of Shuttleworth Inc. The second was with National City Bank where she shadowed a business banker.

At National City, Danielle and the business banker “would talk with business clients about how their business was going and the different needs they might have. Much of it was just building relationships.”

Danielle also learned about a management-training program during the internship, which she applied for after graduation.

Initially, she was not accepted into the program because all positions were filled, but the summer after graduation, she received a call for an opening at a Fort Wayne National City Branch. She interviewed and was hired.

After completing the two-year program, Danielle earned a position as assistant branch manager at the Huntington National City Bank.

In this newly acquired position, she does tasks ranging from running the branch when the head manager is not present, to opening new accounts.

“It’s more of a coaching role,” she said.

Looking back, Danielle is very appreciative of her experience with the ERC.

“I was a little unsure to try it to begin with,” she said, explaining that she had work experience with a business on her résumé that she initially thought would be “good enough.”

“In this economy, it is a significant benefit to make connections, just to get your foot in the door somewhere that you’re a name and a face that somebody is going to remember when your résumé comes across their desk.”

The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University – we’re all about pairing Huntington University students with area businesses for internships, practicum experiences, class projects and special projects.