What It’s Like to Intern at Fannie Mae: Summer 2017 - Part 1
by Jenny Luecking, Campus Recruiter
This summer, Fannie Mae hosted approximately 75 interns in various divisions across the company. The students are primarily rising college seniors, and we use our internship program as a pipeline for full-time entry level hiring. During their internship, students participate in an Executive Speaker Series, a volunteer activity, various social and networking events, and have the opportunity to create a presentation that highlights their Fannie Mae experience, including how it tied into our Vision and Values. At the end of their 10 week internship, top performers may be asked to return to Fannie Mae in a full-time capacity post-graduation by either joining our Associate Program or teams who have entry-level openings following their graduation.
We asked our 2017 summer interns to tell us a little about what they found most valuable during their internship, and they had some great stories to share!
“What is the meaning of an internship? I found my answer at Fannie Mae. To me, the word internship means motivation, and the experience is full of excitements and challenges. Excel reports, data validation, SQL, Java, and Tableau Dashboards; I can keep going with this list, but that’s not the point of this story. In fact, meeting new people at Fannie Mae has been my primary focus. This community is not built by paper and ink; its foundation is its people. I used to have a hard time waking up in the morning, but now I am motivated enough to write a book – a book that has many chapters, and each chapter is a unique story of someone I met at Fannie Mae. The human interaction component is what I value the most in this internship. The skills I learn along with the stories, insights, and experiences are not things I can acquire in school. I could “Google” and “YouTube” to learn how to code, but it’s way more enjoyable to learn coding at Fannie Mae while people are also teaching me something fresh and special when I come to work daily!”
-Alex, University of Maryland – DevOps Intern
“I am currently a rising senior, double majoring in Finance and Accounting at Virginia Tech. I am from Harrisonburg, Virginia. This summer I interned under Gayle Musick in the Equity Accounting group and was able to use my time this summer to perfect my attention to detail by inputting Audited Financial Statements and assisting with the monthly closes. Given my interest in Finance, Gayle and her team set up multiple opportunities for me to meet and network with Director and VP level Finance Officers. I have an analytical mind and hope to experience various roles within Finance in my career. And, Fannie Mae offers an excellent place to begin a career and develop as a professional.”
-Blake, Virginia Tech – Corporate Tax Intern
“My intern experience at Fannie Mae has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life, and I would not change it for anything. At Fannie Mae, I am involved in meaningful work and have made valuable contributions for the company. Fannie Mae has instilled in me certain principles that I will take wherever I go. Not only have I gained hands-on experience within the corporate world, I have greatly enhanced my technical and soft skills. As a DevOps Engineer Intern, not only did I learn about industry standard open source tools and AWS, but I also learned how to collaborate and share knowledge within high performing teams. Lastly, the teams I have worked with have provided me with so much warmth and a wealth of knowledge. My time here has allowed me to develop and cultivate relationships with an army of mentors who I will indefinitely remain in contact with. After spending two summers here [from interning in 2016], I’m looking forward to contributing more to the company who has offered me so much!”
-Kriti, University of Virginia – DevOps Engineer Intern
“Hello, my name is Enkhjin Tuvshinzaya (I go by Enji), and I am a rising senior at James Madison University double majoring in International Business and International Affairs. I emigrated to the U.S. from Mongolia when I was eight years old and have lived here ever since. I have been thankful for all my experiences and opportunities, with the most recent one being my valuable internship experience here at Fannie Mae. Coming from a developing country where home ownership was not in the society’s reach, it has been a privilege for me to have been able to work for a company that is at the heart of housing, while housing is at the heart of the U.S. economy.
As the Human Resources and Recruiting intern, I met wonderful people who push you to try new things, want to see you grow, and who are happy to share their unique experiences and insights with you. I have been working on projects not only in Recruiting, but in other parts of HR, learning the different aspects and operations of the department. The projects I worked on consisted of assisting with event support – engaging employees while promoting technology to enhance collaboration and streamline communication.
I love the fact that no matter how small of a task I do, I am adding value to the company to move forward towards its vision. I will use the knowledge, and experience I gained here at Fannie Mae to explore and initiate projects, and to further my skills during the last year of school. I hope that I can come back here and utilize everything I learned to be part of the one Fannie Mae.”
-Enji, James Madison University – Human Resources Intern
Please also read part 2 of our 2017 summer intern series. If you’d like to explore internship and early career opportunities with Fannie Mae, we invite you to learn more by visiting the University Recruiting section of our careers website.