I am into the second week of my internship at Vancity’s Head Office which is already such a valuable and engaging experience. Vancity is a credit union that operates to improve, help and sustain our local community. Every person that opens an account at Vancity is a member and is granted shared success; meaning when the company thrives so do you! Through various different outreaches, Vancity is impacting the community in a beneficial way to all. My role at Vancity as an intern is working in the People Solutions (Human Resources) department at the Head Office. I focus on health and wellness of employees and the benefits of employees. My goal is to work on numerous projects to ease the access to employee benefits. Examples including creating flu shot videos, highlighting the various health and wellness benefits in the building and more! The importance of health and wellness anywhere is crucial to the productivity and engagement of the employee.
Today was different than most days; I visited a local branch in the community for the full work day. I was introduced to all the employees in the branch who were all extremely friendly like everyone at Vancity. I also was given a detailed tour of the branch and now can differentiate a credit union from a bank. In the end I was able to job shadow the Financial Service Representatives (FSR) which was an interesting experience. This branch that I visited was very special both in the members that the branch encountered and the area it is located. In a developing community with numerous problems, you were exposed to every walk of life. It truly was an experience that I enjoyed and will never forget.
I am thankful that I was able to see many different sides of Vancity from the branches, call center and the head office because it broadens your horizons and really opens you to the possibilities in the workforce. I can’t wait for the last 2 weeks of my internship and the upcoming projects!