Sep. 18, 2012

Griffin Hatten will be adding an international dimension to his résumé this fall.

Griffin, a senior finance/banking and marketing double major from Bancroft, has been accepted for a semester-long internship in London, England with HSBC bank, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. It will be his first international travel experience at BVU.

He is confident the experience will enhance his career opportunities. “It will have exponential value. Working with a variety of cultures and in a completely different country is experience that will be priceless.”

Griffin received an award from the Brinkmeyer Business Internship Fund in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business to help offset the cost of the internship. The fund was established by BVU Trustee Marc Brinkmeyer, Class of 1968, and his wife, Vicki.

A summer internship at Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) in Waterloo and Reinbeck last year gave Griffin his first in-depth look at what it’s like to be a banker. In addition to reviewing municipal bonds and performing interest rate risk audit and analysis, he wrote and designed LSB’s first online customer satisfaction survey. The LSB internship was made affordable for Griffin through a stipend funded by BVU Trustee Cordell Peterson, Class of 1963, who is on the board of the bank, and his wife, Sandra.

In addition to what he learned about the day-to-day banking business, he also gained some practical lessons. “I lived on my own for three months, paying rent, utilities, gas and food expenses. It was real-world living that helped me grow as a person.”

In January, he also interned at the State Farm Insurance Agency in Storm Lake, where his duties included performing competitor research on different types of insurance. “My experience at State Farm was entirely different from the bank, but I would not have learned as much with State Farm if it were not for my experience at LSB,” he says. “I am grateful for both of those opportunities.”

“With the help of business internship coordinator Dr. Scott Anderson (professor of marketing), I feel confident that I will have an edge in my career because of the variety of my internship experiences,” notes Griffin.

On campus, Griffin is president of both the Business Club and the Student Athlete Advisory Council; a member of the IMPACT leadership team; and a pitcher on the Beaver baseball team.