March 2021 Feature: Making Internships Meaningful

March 9, 2021


Twin Cities

Genesys Works Twin Cities has more than 310 amazing young professionals in our program – engaged and motivated interns – working towards career success. And, there are more than 200 supervisors in our network of devoted IT and business professionals that support and mentor our young professionals. For our March Making Internships Meaningful feature, we are recognizing three interns from TCF Bank – Maabe Yaya, Ahni Xiong, and Halle Amankwah-Akuffo – as well as each of their respective supervisors – May Mohammed, Levi Hedine, and Joe Burling.

Each intern was nominated for their collaboration on an extensive project: moving LCB and LTCF file types into various serves as part of the merger with Huntington Bank. The project has delivered impressive results and made a real impact for the company. Their supervisors have played a crucial role in guiding each of them through this complex project and beyond each project, have uniquely provided a meaningful internship experience.

Levi Hedine, TCF Bank Supervisor

The first young professional to become involved with the project was Ahni Xiong when her supervisor Levi Hedine tasked her with this responsibility. This project was detail-intensive and required various steps to move each file. Throughout the complexity of this project, Ahni recognized and admired Levi’s readiness to help and guide her in the right direction. By communicating regularly to set goals and share accomplishments, Ahni remained organized and was able to perform to the best of her ability each day.

Ahni Xiong, TCF Bank Intern

To ensure they stayed on schedule, Levi reached out to supervisors May Mohammed and Joe Burling for interns Maabe and Halle to join efforts to complete this project in an efficient manner. Young professional Maabe recalls the initial conversation with her supervisor May about joining the project, “When I was asked by my supervisor if I wanted to be a part of the project, I was excited and nervous at the same time.” Once Maabe joined, she found herself grateful for the leadership and collaboration skills she earned from working with other interns. And, she insists that the support from May helped her stay motivated and determined throughout the entirety of the project, “May was really encouraging and helpful during the entire planning section, and I’m grateful for her.” Because of this support, Maabe not only excelled in this project but has also gotten acquainted with other supervisors and directors at the company.

May Mohammed, TCF Bank Supervisor

Halle also joined to assist her fellow interns on this demanding task, as the process to transfer data had become extensive due to the amount of time required to complete it. This led Halle to practice patience and diligence with the project, and with the motivation from her fellow peers Ahni and Maabe, she was able to make the experience worthwhile. She also noted that beyond this project, her supervisor Joe has given her the opportunity to learn more about professional and technical skills, resources to use, and the power of networking. Says Halle, “It certainly is one thing to have a supervisor but another thing to have a supervisor who meets you with such a jovial attitude and encourages such a safe space.”

All three interns were grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with other young professionals on such an intensive project. And, the determination of each young professional certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the supervisors, “Thank you for this great work and for making a real impact to the bank. Your great attitude towards the work, organization, collaboration, and ownership made this project a success!”

As each young professional continues to make breakthroughs at TCF Bank with the support of their supervisors, they’re also looking toward their prospective futures and gearing up with the excitement of what they may hold. At Genesys Works, we’re gearing up with you, as we anticipate the promising futures ahead.

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