WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Melissa Pennycoff, a junior at Lycoming College pursuing a degree in business administration, discovered that it can take up to 25 bankers to help a college student better understand the fundamentals of a financial institution.
Pennycoff recently concluded a 14-week internship with the Muncy Bank and Trust Company during which she worked with 25 employees in 14 departments in order to receive a well-rounded picture of the specialization that has become necessary in community banks over the past decade. She received instruction in the bank teller, customer service, loans, deposit operations, collections, financial investment services, security and electronic banking departments.
"It's nice to learn real-world data that classes often don't show you. This experience has definitely given me some insight on what I want to do after I graduate," stated Pennycoff, whose work experiences at the bank prompted her to seek employment with a hometown bank after graduation, rather than a larger regional bank as she originally intended. "The people I worked with were so friendly, and I would love to work for a company that cherishes their customers and treats everyone like family as much as Muncy Bank does."
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.