Jay’la’s Summer in 11 words back to school count down! Metro Community Development Intern. National Association of Black Accountants. Traveling. Opportunities.

By Alexis Menard On August 23, 2019 2:50 pm

Hallo mijn medestudenten, my name is Jayla Rivers. I am a junior in the School of Management with a major in accounting and a minor in communication. The summer of 2019 has been filled with great joys and adventures. From interning with a great company to traveling to wonderful cities.

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Metro Community Development (MCD) as their commercial loan intern. During this internship, I have met many great people and developed several skills. I have earned an American Bankers Association certificate in business and commercial lending as well as completed multiple Bank Administration Institute courses. MCD is a non-profit that is focused around family and growth so interning here has been a great pleasure. While here most of my work was based around using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I was also introduced to new systems such as Ventures.

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) chapter at the University of Michigan-Flint was recently chartered and has already helped me with my future goals in life. I was given to chance to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend The NABA 50th national convention and expo. NABA’s convention was one to remember. It was full of powerful, positive, and exciting black energy. I enjoyed the opportunity of networking while being comfortable and enjoying myself. I was blessed to be offered several internship opportunities with great companies and firms.

This upcoming fall I am looking to traveling to Hasselt, Belgium to study abroad, hence the Dutch in the beginning. I will be at UHasselt for three and a half months studying under their business program. Considering I will not be working during my stay, I will be traveling through Europe as well.

If given a chance I would give incoming students the advice of utilizing the tutoring program, writing center, and library as much as possible. Some days you might not want to study or do homework but being in a space that promotes the positivity of study makes it a bit easier. I would also suggest joining organizations and getting to know people. It will be surprising how helpful it is to have someone to talk to or try new things with. Your college experience is what you make of it so make it the best.