Name: Alec J. Bernander
Current internship: First Business Bank – Commercial Credit Analyst Intern
Year in school: 4th year Senior (Graduating May 2015)
Major: Finance w/ Insurance and Financial Planning Minor
Hometown: Wisconsin Dells
Current Involvement (Activities, sports, clubs, interests): Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honors Program, National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, Golfing, Hiking, Water Skiing, Volunteering.
Why I chose UW Oshkosh: The well known business school as well as the internship requirement. Also being a finance major, I found that through the interim coursework and average cost of living in Oshkosh, this school made the most sense financially.
Typical work day in your role: As an analyst with First Business I am involved in researching prospective clients as well as current clients and their related guarantors. This includes studying and spreading recent financial data for companies with up to $100 million in annual revenues. Other duties include using sources to investigate the ability of a firm to repay a loan and maintain a healthy banking relationship. I am involved in generation of cash flows and write-ups used in loan committee and attend the meetings regularly to hear comments from officers and others involved in the approval process.
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at your current internship? I have gained a vast array of knowledge related to different business sectors here in the Fox Valley primarily in manufacturing, commercial real estate, and non-profit industry. The bank takes on certain strategies within the Northeast Region of Wisconsin and I was able to learn of the “hot” and “cold” markets here in the Fox Valley.
How has the Business Success Center prepared you for the work force? The Business Success Center allowed me to find a gateway to access representatives and firms looking for students who are serious about their futures. I am happy to have been referred to the center and was pleased with the process in which finding a good fit for me occurred.
What are your career plans after UW Oshkosh? Currently I am looking at the market and trying to decide what a first good step from the internship world to a real full time position would be. Preferably I will not end up in a city where public transit is the only option. I am an explorer at heart and can’t imagine living like a caged animal.
What is your dream job? My dream job is to find myself in a position where I am allowed to incorporate strategic planning and focus towards the future of an organization. As of right now, I am happy to have the opportunity to go to a public university within the state of Wisconsin and experience college with a great group of friends and classmates which I will hopefully be able to stay in contact with for the rest of my life.
What was the best part of this experience? The best part of my experience so far with First Business is being embraced into the loving culture from day one. From private lunches for new employees to being involved in continuous training and decisions, First Business places an emphasis on creating an atmosphere where communication and teamwork is encouraged.