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GM Financial's summer interns gain business perspective

2014, Interns, GM Financial

This spring, 21 eager students arrived at GM Financial's corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas to begin a nine-week summer internship program. This dynamic group of young academics will spend their summer working at GM Financial's Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas locations gaining real-world experience, while immersing themselves in GM Financial's multi-faceted, growing organization.

Interns are working in several departments, including Internal Audit, Communication, Information Technology Services (ITS), Corporate Taxes, Financial Report, Risk Management and Credit Review. At the conclusion of the program, they will deliver a presentation showcasing what they have learned and experienced to senior leaders from across GM Financial, as well as to their peers and managers.

At this point, interns are halfway through their experience, which has given each of them the opportunity to settle into their respective departments and begin work on various projects. Interns also attend weekly Learning Events where they are able to hear from a number of senior leaders from across the company.

Will Bone, ITS Compliance intern, also discussed how beneficial the entire internship experience has been for him. "This is my first experience in the corporate world, so I really appreciate the Learning Events where we get the opportunity to interact with interns from other departments and listen to various GM Financial officers speak about their areas of expertise," Bone said.

Tyler Dawson, Quality Assurance Analyst intern, recently discussed how informative the Learning Events have been for his internship experience. "It is really cool that GM Financial wants us to learn about all of the different parts of the business and not just the one area that we are interning for. It gives us an opportunity to understand the business more and see if we have interests outside of our specific areas."

To date, interns have heard from leaders representing Credit and Sales, Risk Management, Funding, Compliance, Collateral and Records Management, Corporate Finance, Collections, Customer Service and Asset Remarketing, and that was just in the group's first three Learning Events. Each speaker has provided the interns with a robust overview of his or her area and helped interns understand how each of the company's departments works together.

The GM Financial culture has been a common theme discussed in each of the Learning Events. With several speakers having been with the company for career milestones, they have been able to explain how GM Financial has grown and developed but still remained a company that truly cares about its team members, which is something several of the interns have experienced firsthand.

"This is one of the best opportunities I have had a chance to experience. The people not only on the LAN/WAN team, but across the company, are willing to help me, answer my questions and explain processes," said Matt Turner, LAN/WAN intern in ITS. KeAna Moutra, Quality Assurance Analyst intern, shared a similar sentiment. "Everyone is willing to help out and provide answers to any questions I come up with. I've learned a lot and met so many people throughout the internship program."

GM Financial introduced the summer internship program last year and five interns from that class transitioned to full-time employment. Christopher Ford, a recent full-time intern hire and Quality Assurance Analyst, offered this advice, "Don't be afraid to explore your interests — if there is a project that looks interesting, don't be afraid to ask if you can help out. Always be on the lookout for the next learning opportunity. Be eager!"