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City University, Business Administration), from its first pool of applicants. The opportunity began soon thereafter and lasted six weeks. Huacuz and Roldan began working with mentors within FCS Financial, studying components of the agricultural lending process. They learned credit fundamentals by working in FCS Financial’s central office in Jefferson City and multiple branch locations alongside specialists in credit, appraisal and risk management positions. They completed applications and gained experience with credit analysis, decision-making, appraisal and loan closing. Roldan and Huacuz also met customers by visiting farms and talking with owners about their operations, production methods and business practices. The interns received broad exposure to the real world intersection of agriculture and financial lending. Through it all, Alianzas remained in contact with the young men to work toward making the internship even more appealing to Latino youth in the future. Near the end of the internship period, the students presented on their internship experience to the FCS Financial Board of Directors alongside Gerardo Martinez, Alianzas Director. The three of them also presented on Latino cultural values to FCS Financial personnel. Roldan and Huacuz felt the internship was an excellent opportunity to learn and gain Above: Intern Isaac Roldan visits the farm of FCS Financial board member Charles Steck near Jefferson City. Right: The FCS Financial Latino internship team from left to right: FCS Financial Human Resources Generalist Liz Shollmeyer, Alianzas Director Gerardo R. Martinez, FCS Financial CFO Steve Harrington and interns Isaac Roldan and Rick Huacuz. Not pictured is FCS Financial Human Resources Vice President Karie Mengwasser. hands-on knowledge of the agricultural financial field. “Before my time at FCS Financial, I liked accounting. Now I love it,” said Huacuz. “I had great mentors and experiences with different departments that increased the confidence I have that I am choosing the right professional career for myself.” Roldan expressed his gratitude for the opportunity he had to learn about FCS Financial’s marketing department. “Having such hands- on experience in that department helped me be more determined about what I want to major in,” said Roldan. FCS Financial already has a reputation for listening to its interns and working to make the program responsive to their needs in order to create an overall positive internship experience. With Alianzas’ partnership, this reputation is growing to include cultural competence as well. HEARTBEAT | FALL 2017 13