By Frenche Brewer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-3691
Retailing graduate student Sradha Sheth is keeping extended banker’s hours.
Sheth and nine of her graduate assistant peers are among the employees who will help run the newest branch of the Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union, (CCFU) the University of South Carolina’s banking institution for faculty, staff and students, housed in the Russell House.
“The department of retailing has teamed up with the credit union, and I thought it would be a good experience. It has been close to two months since I started working, and I am thoroughly enjoying my work,” Sheth said.
Although the mini branch opened earlier this summer, CCFU announced its official arrival with a grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 29. The branch partly will be staffed by 10 graduate assistants from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management (HRSM).
“The College of HRSM is extremely grateful for the large number of assistantships that were made possible by a $60,000 gift from the Carolina Collegiate Federal Union. In addition, this gift will help pay for valuable and practical industry experience for the students,” Bickle said.
The graduate interns will perform all of the cash transactions such as check cashing and depositing, opening new accounts, issuing debit cards and solving account-related problems.
Anne Shivers, president of CCFU, said it’s exciting to be able to provide real world work and leadership experience to the interns who will lead the operation of the Financial Service Center.
“And, I’m also excited that we can serve credit union members from more than 1,700 credit unions by providing this convenient location. As USC’s not-for-profit financial institution, I look forward to making a difference in the financial lives of every university student, faculty and staff member,” Shivers said.
Sheth and her classmates are gaining practical experience in retail banking, and she hopes the skills will transfer to a career in service marketing in industries such as hospitality or tourism.
“Marketing, merchandising and retail consulting are my areas of interest, and I am hoping to use what I learn in banking in a career with a big and well-known retailer,” Sheth said.
The student union branch operates from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, with varying Saturday hours.
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