Bluestone Bank’s long-standing partnership with Stonehill College allows students to present ideas to a real-life client as they prepare to enter the workforce post-graduation.
Throughout the semester, students worked in teams to develop ideas for engaging younger customers and supporting them through financial literacy programs. The students presented their ideas to a panel of Bluestone Bank representatives on April 24.
When discussing the partnership between Bluestone Bank and Stonehill College, Bob Spencer, Associate Professor of Management at Stonehill, said, “Real-life experience cannot be recreated in a classroom. For the students to walk into this high-pressure environment as a college senior and present their ideas to a client better prepares them for what will come quickly.”
Christine Moscaritolo, Senior Vice President & Human Resources Officer at Bluestone Bank, who oversees the entire project and partnership stated, “Each semester we look forward to the Stonehill students’ ideas. We decided to focus on financial literacy this year because we are striving to improve our outreach and engagement with young people early in order to help support their financial futures and set them up for success.”
Through this partnership, Stonehill students can gain real-world experience in the industry while Bluestone Bank receives helpful feedback and innovative ideas. Nick Ryan, one of the senior student presenters said, “This was my first time working with a real-life client, and it gave me the necessary experience needed as I am looking to start my career. I would definitely do it again if I could.”