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Community First Selects 6th Generation of College Interns for 2024 Spring Program


From left, Jovelyn Concepcion, University of Guam student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Lana Paulino, Guam Community College student majoring in Computer Science.

Community First Guam Federal Credit Union announced today the selection of two Guam students for its Spring 2024 Community First Internship Program, which develops and mentors college students from the University of Guam (UOG) and Guam Community College (GCC) to pursue careers in the finance industry.


Community First welcomes the following interns selected for the 2024 Spring program:

 

  • Jovelyn Concepcion, University of Guam student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and graduating in the Spring of 2026

  •   Lana Paulino, Guam Community College student pursuing a degree in Computer Science and graduating in the Fall of 2024

 

Concepcion and Paulino will join three interns who are continuing their program from Fall 2023:

 


From left to right:

  • Princess Fernandez, University of Guam student pursuing a Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting degree and graduating in the Fall of 2024

  • Bryne Garcia, University of Guam student studying Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and graduating in the Spring of 2024

  • David Lagman, University of Guam student studying Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and graduating in the Spring of 2024

 

Gerard Cruz, President and CEO of Community First, stated,

“Now in its sixth year, the Community First Internship Program has trained and developed more than 40 interns from Guam’s higher learning institutions. Our team is committed to the success of this program because it provides our island’s students with firsthand experience in the finance industry.” 

 

During the program, students earn an income while they are mentored by a Community First manager and trained in the credit union’s policies and procedures. The interns utilize their experience to springboard into a career in the finance industry while gaining valuable experience working part-time and earning their degrees. Students work around their class schedules and train as a team two days a week.

 

Cruz added,

“We encourage college students interested in working in finance to apply for our internship program this summer for the upcoming fall term. Our interns benefit from mentorships and gain valuable experience, which are valuable when applying for jobs after graduation.”

 

Community First launched the student-run credit union in January 2018 in the heart of Mangilao, strategically located near the UOG and GCC. This student-run service center, the first of its kind in Guam, is operated by college students enrolled at UOG and GCC. The service center is open to serve all existing and new Community First members.

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