Rachel Jackson (left) and CNB Bank & Trust teller supervisor Sheena Pierantoni. Jackson is this year’s intern at the financial institution.
Many of the students involved have been offered employment with the banks after the internship concluded; several still work in the Alton locations. Only one student per bank is selected each year out of the senior class after several interviews and applications.
This year’s intern at CNB Bank & Trust is Rachel Jackson. She intends to major in finance and accounting in college and has been working toward this goal her entire high school career. She could have graduated in December but stayed in school specifically for the internship opportunity. The Bank of Edwardsville currently employs three former AHS interns and CNB promoted 2013 intern Emily Potts to trust assistant.
Linda Davenport is the assistant vice president of human resources for CNB and has been key to the program’s success.
“Linda is an advocate for our students,” said Zack Deeder, cooperative work training coordinator for Alton High School. “CNB does this as a community service and gives a real-world incentive for our hardest-working students.”
Students work at their respective banks from February through April and participate in nearly every level of the banking business. Matt Waters and Karen McAtee facilitate the interns for The Bank of Edwardsville’s Alton Branch. “Our internship partners, which include the banks, ACUSD Maintenance Department, Great Rivers Land Trust and Here We Grow Daycare are the reason we can provide this for our students,” AHS Assistant Principal Chris Petrea said. “We can’t thank them enough for putting the community and our kids first.”