Federal Reserve recruiters lead classroom info sessionFollowing a successful first year partnership with the UAB Collat School of Business, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City returned to campus this spring to meet with students and further develop opportunities for employment and engagement.

The Federal Reserve attended the UAB Spring Career Fair and sponsored a Lunch & Learn information session for students, faculty and staff at Collat. During lunch, representatives from the Federal Reserve discussed the organization’s mission, objectives and openings within the organization.

It’s all part of a partnership plan between the UAB Collat School of Business and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City that began in 2019.

“What began over an email introduction has grown into a full-fledged partnership,” says Rita Stewart-Hampton, director of the Collat Career Center.

The partnership has been so successful, the bank hired three Collat students to join the team in 2020. Mike Karam joined the bank in January 2020 as an analyst and Justin Jackson joined in January 2020 as a software developer in the TechEdge program. Kennedy Riles will join in May 2020 as part of the bank’s summer analyst internship program. Bank officials told Stewart-Hampton that Mike, Justin and Kennedy were exactly the type of high-achieving students they were looking for when they decided to recruit at UAB.

Federal Reserve recruiters in front of UAB logo wallStewart-Hampton and the Collat Career Center team were introduced to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in early 2019 through DeeDee Bruns, UAB’s executive director of community recruitment partnerships. Bruns’s sister, Dawn Barnes Morhaus, is executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and recognized the university’s commitment to diversity and producing outstanding graduates.

“[Dawn] understands and appreciates UAB’s commitment to personal relationships with people and entities (such as UAB) that consistently produce high-achieving graduates who are critical thinkers with outstanding leadership potential,” Bruns said in an introductory email to Collat stakeholders.

That email led to a series of strategic communications between UAB and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, culminating in a tour of campus. The new partnership focuses on building university-wide relationships with students, faculty and staff through informal meet-and-greets, information sessions and attendance to the UAB Career Fair.

Throughout 2019, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City met with the UAB Department of Computer Science and the Collat School of Business. During their visit, representatives met with select Collat students to discuss opportunities to join the organization through internships and full-time employment.

Stewart-Hampton, who spearheaded the partnership plan, says the organization was thoroughly impressed with the resources and programs centered around student success. “We wanted to show them what UAB and the Collat School of Business was all about,” she says.

Andreia Stechmann, Collat’s assistant director of employer engagement, serves as the Federal Reserve’s key contact and liaison for recruitment at Collat. She has been instrumental in strengthening the relationship between business students and the Federal Reserve.

“We are proud of the strategic partnership that we have built with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the past year,” says Stechmann. “Our mission as a career center is to bridge the gap between our students and employers and maximize their opportunity to connect on a meaningful level. We’re excited to see more Blazers in Kansas City!”