A recent partnership between Chaminade University and Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) has proven to offer an invaluable real-world experience to students. Through the partnership, Chaminade business students participate in a 15-week internship at Hawaii State FCU.
The internship program was the brainchild of Ismael Eustaquio, Chaminade alumnus and senior department manager of project development at Hawaii State FCU. As a Chaminade alum and Board of Regents member, Eustaquio thought an incredible way to give back to the community would be to pass on the knowledge and skills of Hawaii State FCU’s employees to emerging leaders at Chaminade.
“In our programs, we are always looking to help students integrate what they learn in their courses with actual industry practice,” said Dr. Schroeder. “Hawaii State Federal Credit Union thinks similarly and has blended classroom lessons and work experience into their internship program, providing a distinctive approach that aligns well with our aims at Chaminade.”
Throughout the program, Chaminade interns complete a curriculum that is divided between the classroom and the field. Program participants take 12 leadership courses, spend time rotating between the company’s 15 departments, meet regularly with a mentor and present a final group project to their mentors, Chaminade professors and the credit union’s executive board and CEO.
“My experience at Hawaii State FCU left such a remarkable impression on me and really impacted me in a way that I am able to carry on with me throughout my future endeavors,” said Mailani Faniel, recent business administration graduate. “It helped me understand people better, understand myself more clearly and learn how to do business with people from all walks of life.”
So far, two cohorts comprising three students each have completed the Hawaii State FCU internship program.