Lourdes University students expanded their real-world horizons at the first Career Services externship program at Quicken Loans on Feb. 16. Students who participated in the program applied and were selected to attend based on their answers to externship essay questions, career goals and interest areas. The selected students traveled to the company’s headquarters in Detroit, Mich., to participate in the one-day externship program. Students were able to explore different career opportunities available and learn about Quicken Loans culture from experts in a variety of fields.
The Quicken Loans externship is just one of many strategies that the Lourdes Career Services Department offers. The Center uses these types of events to present more networking and real-world opportunities to students as they explore the job market while completing their degree.
The day was packed with a tour of the company, presentations from employees and a lunch and learn session with the Fathead Internet Marketing Director Michael Layne. Presentation topics included a background on the clientrelations department by Senior Team Leader Joseph Jovanovic, mortgage banking basics by Senior Purchase Banker Guy Levin, business development basics by program manager Joshua Babb and an overview of the technology department by Technology Team Leader Jane Losensky. Another key theme of the day was an intensive introduction to Quicken Loans’reputable internship program, which has a high transition rate into a full-time position at the company.
More than 15,000 individuals apply for Quicken Loans internships each year says College Recruiter Cecil Johnson. In addition, the company offers internships in almost every core area of the business world from mortgage banking to general sales. Mr. Johnson advised Lourdes students to stand out amongst other applicants by being a “great” intern, and by doing even more than what is expected of them. He also stressed that being a “great” intern is a vital component, which often leads to full-time employment.
The day concluded with a final tour of Quicken Loans’ sister company dPop! and the opportunity for students to submit their resumes to recruiters. As a result, students left the externship confident in their opportunity to interview for an internship with Quicken Loans to propel their career.
“Lourdes University Career Services thanks Quicken Loans for hosting our students in the first annual externship day program,” says Angela Gorny, Assistant Director of Career Services.