MVB Bank, an adaptive and trusted partner on the financial frontier, is seeking two highly motivated Community Development interns. This project focuses on preserving the wilderness and economic growth of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and of Civil War battlefields in the Mid-Atlantic, with an emphasis on benefiting low to moderate income communities. This is a part-time position that could be fulfilled by a college student, veteran, or someone interested in returning to the work force part-time.
If you’re ready to build real-world experience with a growing financial institution, this is the opportunity for you!
- Research local town plans and organizational charters to identify those which have purposes consistent with the mission of this project;
- Coordinate, build and sustain partnerships with local towns, communities and public and private organizations that advance the causes of this project;
- Research and apply to applicable local, state and national grant and tax incentive program which could assist in the funding of this initiative;
- Coordinate logistics, complete necessary reporting paperwork, and adhere to project management plan and deadlines;
- Assist in the coordination, planning and implementation of training activities for the community, MVB and any applicable stakeholders; and
- Assist in the coordination, oversight and implementation of the execution plan of the project.
- At least a current junior in college or an adult seeking part-time work
- A minimum college GPA of 3.25 or higher
- Extremely organized, highly responsive, work with minimal errors, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Comfortable working with limited supervision and direction, and be at ease working from home
- Demonstrated interest or background in Civil War History and/or wilderness preservation and/or Chesapeake Bay preservation would be a big plus
- Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
Benefits of the Internship:
- Develop experience working on day-to-day responsibilities and projects related to community outreach and community impact of a financial institution.
- Opportunity in protecting irreplaceable wilderness and historical legacies to generate multi-generational benefits for the region, country, and world
- Work side-by-side with team members and leaders in your field of interest to gain experience
- Participation in company meetings and networking events.
- This is a paid internship
Detailed Project Goals
The Mid-Atlantic region served by MVB is home to the world’s third-largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, as well as Civil War and American Revolutionary sites of irreplaceable value. These treasures are both under threat. Historic battlefields and homesites are being overrun or encroached upon by housing and commercial developers. The Bay Watershed is being hurt by environmental problems, climate change, overfishing, invasive species, and so on.
For-profit and not-for-profit organizations abound in MVB’s territory which have as part of their missions a commitment to protecting, preserving, teaching about, and constructively utilizing the Bay and historical sites. Engines of economic growth and employment, these public and private groups collectively employ many thousands of people and produce. They help produce or safeguard billions of dollars in local economic output, in industries such as tourism, fisheries and seafood, agriculture, shipping, education, landscaping, water projects, environmental industry, and wilderness preservation. Many of the locations and people inhabit Low to Moderate Income (LMI) census tracks.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation estimates that once just a single major project is fully implemented, called the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint – an initiative to clean up the Bay and its tributaries – the resulting benefits will be worth $130 billion per year from areas such as food and seafood production, property values, natural disaster protection, and air and water filtering.
As for Civil War battlefields, the American Battlefield Trust estimates that only 20% of this hallowed land is permanently preserved, and this figure is even lower for Revolutionary War battlefields. At least 20% of the important Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed or covered up by roads, buildings, or developments. Organizations like the American Battlefield Trust have bought and conserved land such as at Lexington and Concord, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, where General Lee’s headquarters had been surrounded by a motel and had no protected status.
MVB can leave a multi-generational legacy that keeps on giving by plowing its powers into safeguarding and strengthening entire livelihoods, communities, and the ecosystem. Doing so will increase shareholder value and yield reputational dividends as the places, people and organizations benefited will fall into MVB’s service areas.
The strategy is expected to involve a combination of public-private partnerships; debt, grant, and equity investments and financial services for profit and not-for-profits; financial incentives earned by MVB in support of these investments; and education for communities, organizations and MVB itself on the issues at hand. It is imagined this strategy will unfold and reach scale over the next 36 months or so.