Agency kicks off student internship program, noting participants will gain experience in bank supervision

Eighty-one high school seniors from Washington, D.C., public and charter schools will serve paid summer internships at the regulator of national banks, the agency said Wednesday, in a just-started program.

In a release, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said the seniors – 50 female and 31 male – will participate in the inaugural OCC High School Scholars Intern Program. The agency stated that the program is “consistent with directives in the Dodd-Frank Act for agencies to identify and create more economic opportunity for minorities and people from underserved areas.”

In addition to the paid internship, OCC said, the program covers certain other expenses. The agency said the program “provides meaningful life skills and experience that include financial literacy, leadership, diversity and inclusion training, public speaking, resume writing, and navigating social media successfully.”

The regulator also said that participants will gain experience in bank supervision as well as such areas as financial and risk management, technology, and public affairs.

The agency said the students were chosen from Washington high schools including Anacostia High School, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus, Eastern High School, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools, and Columbia Heights Education Campus.

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