Eight students gain real-world experience with Cornerstone Bank internship program

Interns gain valuable skills, work on meaningful projects and make professional connections

Cornerstone Bank has welcomed eight college students to its internship program this summer. The goal is to provide the students with hands-on experience that complements their studies and allows them to explore career opportunities and begin to build a professional network.

“Our program provides students with experiential learning that integrates things they learn in the classroom with real-life experiences in a professional setting,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “Our interns gain valuable skills, work on meaningful projects and make professional connections.”

This year’s group of interns spans a variety of departments:

  • Human Resources Intern Tristan Franchere is from Coventry, Connecticut, and attends school at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
  • Community Relations Intern Ivori Hidalgo Batista is from Worcester and attends College of the Holy Cross.
  • Finance Intern Claire Hill is from Brimfield and attends Western New England University in Springfield.
  • Commercial Credit Intern Henrietta Murtagh is originally from Northbridge and attends school online at Southern New Hampshire University.
  • Learning and Development Intern Javen Nazario is from Sutton and attends Worcester State University.
  • Investments Intern Michael Peloza is from Sturbridge and attends Nichols College in Dudley.
  • Retail Banking Intern Adnan Sajid is from Framingham and attends Framingham State University.
  • Retail Banking Intern Logan Salvatore is from Sutton and attends Bryant University.

The Cornerstone interns attend an orientation on their first day before diving into their respective departments.

“Throughout the program, we meet regularly with the students to make sure they’re getting what they want out of their experience and see if there is anything that we can help with,” said Cornerstone’s Chief Culture Officer Maria Salvatore. “We also give them opportunities to support our community, attend Cornerstone Bank events and network with each other. At the end of the summer, we ask them to reflect on their experiences and provide us with feedback, allowing us to continue to improve the program.” 

Cornerstone’s internship program started in 2021 and is open to both high school and college students. It offers both part-time and full-time internships, with most students choosing to intern for 40 hours per week. Each intern goes through an interview process so that they can be placed into the department that best aligns with their goals and interests. All interns are paid and are eligible to get school credit upon completion of the program.

Pictured from left to right: Adnan Sajid, Javen Nazario, Michael Peloza, Tristan Franchere, Logan Salvatore, Claire Hill, Henrietta Murtagh and Ivori Hidalgo Batista.