How Banking on an Internship Turns Into a Career

2 min read…Interns add a little spice to the environment at Innovation DuPage. One intern that we will be saying farewell to this week is Charles Cwik. Charles came to the attention of Innovation DuPage due to a strong recommendation from an advisor at ID Partner Benedictine University, his alma mater. Charles has blossomed into a quick-thinking, collaborative team player who can be relied upon to get projects done in a timely fashion. He is moving on to a full-time job as a credit analyst with Bank of the West [the U.S. subsidiary of the French international mega bank, BNP Paribas], after his Innovation DuPage internship concludes this week.

Charles’ background includes not only a bachelor’s degree from Lisle, Illinois-based Benedictine University in business analytics but also three years as a sound technician working with up-and-coming rock n roll musicians and a side hustle as a barista. His technical and sound skills will come in handy with anyone looking to produce a podcast or adjust the sound system at a conference, not to mention flying through excel spreadsheets. His sense of customer service has been honed to an art form from his time whipping up lattes and espressos.

After an instructor identified him as a leader among his classmates, the recommendation to hire Charles as an intern came to ID Operations Director Jim Bell. During his 3-month internship, Charles worked on areas such as identifying grant and potential partnering opportunities for ID, developing lists of useful information like this Chicagoland pitch contest list (a big hit with ID Members looking to build awareness and receive feedback on their startups), helping with financial management and accounting duties and much more.

Then, through a connection of Bell’s at the Bank of the West, an interview was arranged and Charles seemed a perfect match for an entry level position in their commercial lending approval and management team in Chicago. Innovation DuPage is proud to have played a part in what we hope will be a fruitful career for Charles as he leaves his operations intern position behind for the real world. That’s the cornerstone of Innovation DuPage: connections, helping each other, lifting people and companies up! Charles’ story is one small example of how Innovation DuPage is making a difference in the DuPage area region.

Good luck Charles and stay in touch! Wish Charles luck on his LinkedIn page, Instagram feed and on Facebook.