Internships are an amazing opportunity to gain work experience, earn a credit, and make valuable connections. But for some lucky interns at BMO, it also prepared them for a new role once they returned to school. During their Summer Internships with BMO, they demonstrated their ability to connect with students and forge relationships with key career centre contacts and earned the opportunity to represent BMO on campus. We had the chance to learn more about their experience so far and we’re egg-cited to introduce the BMO Campus Influencer team to you!
What is a campus influencer?
Campus Influencers, similar to campus ambassadors, connect with students and faculty to share BMO’s values, story, culture, open positions and more! It’s a great opportunity for students to learn to represent an employer in a professional manner, develop critical soft skills and greatly improve their resumes. The BMO influencers are encouraged to connect with students on campus through coffee chats, represent BMO at on-campus events and use their own personal social media channels to showcase the opportunities available at BMO and why it’s a great place to work. Need we say more?
Develop invaluable soft skills
We connected with some of this year’s influencers to get their insights about the program, why they decided to take part and the skills they’ve developed thus far. “The idea of being able to share my story really sparked my interest in the Campus Influencer Program with BMO”, says Saloni Patel. Saloni believes that she has already become a better communicator and has become more approachable as a result of being a BMO Influencer. “Previously, I would be really shy and afraid to go talk to strangers, but being a Campus Influencer gives me so many different things to talk about.” This feeling is shared by many of her fellow Campus Influencers. “This program allows me to gain and work on abilities such as public speaking, networking, and interpersonal skills…I am making more connections and it is giving me the ability to continue to help my peers as well as give back to my campus community,” says Lisa Ou.
Make lasting connections
Learning how to use resources and networks on campus in a creative way is something that Quinn Fotheringham believes has been an important skill she’s developed in bringing the program to campus. “I think the most important skill I’ve developed so far has been to think creatively about ways to integrate BMO on campus. For me, this has included consulting with the Career Advancement Center and going a step above to create the highest possible impact by leveraging the resources they have available,” she says.
Ana Gobovic was excited to be one of the very first individuals to bring BMO onto campus in this unique way. “Many other companies had similar programs already in place at my school, and to be a part of the inaugural program was the chance to be the first link between the YorkU student body and the BMO campus recruitment team,” she says. Sometimes it can be difficult to work remotely, but Ana said she has been given support, guidance and clear expectations from the BMO recruitment team, which she appreciates!
Have a rewarding experience
Not only are influencers developing skills and making new connections, being a Campus Influencer is also a personally rewarding experience. “Through becoming [a] Campus Influencer, it’s rewarding when a student knows to come to you for questions and to see the excitement and hope when I discuss what my summer was like [at BMO], and how they can get involved,” says Matteo Scurci. For Rosalie Peng being able to connect with her peers and point them in the right direction is deeply meaningful. “The most rewarding aspect for me is learning more about my classmates’ dreams and aspirations and trying to match them up with resources that can get them closer [to their goals]!” she comments.
Being a part of this program has been an invaluable experience for all of the BMO Influencers on campuses across North America. The desire to help their peers learn new skills and develop lasting connections gives these former BMO interns an opportunity to continue to grow with the organization – something that BMO truly values. Every influencer we connected with highly recommends the program and hopes that it will only continue to grow in the coming years!
Meet this year’s Campus Influencers at BMO
Rosalie is a fourth-year Industrial Relations and East Asian studies student at McGill University. She is an active member of the Arts Undergraduate Society and the President of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
Fun Fact: She has interned at BMO for the past three summers. (Way to go Rosalie!)
André is a fourth-year dual degree Engineering and Business student at Western University (Ivey).
Fun Fact: He is passionate about technology and its integration into business strategy, decision-making, and operations.
Ana is a third-year student specializing in Finance at York University’s Schulich School of Business. She has interned with BMO’s Project Management Office supporting Commercial Banking and Enterprise risk.
Fun Fact: She hopes to get her scuba diving license and loves to spin in her free time.
Lisa is a fifth-year Business Technology Management at Ryerson University. She is the President of the Women in Information Technology Management organization.
Fun Fact: In her free time, she actively engages in mentoring activities, fitness and caring for her pet Shiba Inu.
Matteo is a third-year Finance Specialist and Economics student at the University of Toronto (Mississauga).
Fun Fact: His goal is to “advocate and expose students to the opportunities that BMO offers to strengthen their knowledge and experience”.
Quinn is a third-year dual Bachelor of Commerce and Arts (History) student at Queen’s University. She is on the Queen’s Women in Leadership Executive Team.
Fun Fact: She’s originally from Vancouver and has enjoyed the opportunity to study and experience living in a different part of Canada.
Saloni is a second-year Accounting and Finance Management student at the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Accounting and Finance Student Association and a School of Accounting and Finance Ambassador.
Fun Fact: She loves to figure skate and to watch hockey!
Interested in learning more about BMO and how you can stand out to a recruiter? Connect with one of the BMO Campus Influencers on LinkedIn! Bonus – you can check out their upcoming Influencer takeovers on @BMO_on_Campus on Instagram.