Emerging Professionals

These high-caliber, top-talent professionals come to First National already prepared to offer a lot, but also poised to develop even further as examples of excellence within our organization. By developing our Emerging Professionals internally, we preserve and strengthen the core of talented, dedicated professionals that have delivered for our customers – and made First National a successful, growing organization – for more than a century-and-a-half.

If you are the sort of Emerging Professional who should be part of First National’s future, contact Dakotah Taylor, Sr. Recruiter, at dtaylor@fnni.com.

Internship Program Overview

Participants in First National’s internship program experience a comprehensive process that prepares them for a rich career in financial services. Interns perform challenging tasks that make an impact on our customers and on the organization, under the supervision of business unit managers. We provide a variety of training opportunities to help build interns’ skills throughout this process, which concludes with their delivery of a Capstone Presentation in which they articulate what they have learned. Throughout the internship, First National provides professional coaching and guidance, networking with other interns and emerging professionals and in many cases we support the intern with job placement support at the conclusion of the process.

Management Trainee Program

Are you a college graduate or upcoming graduate that is looking to start a career in the financial services industry? Do you want to learn about business while getting practical work experience and personalized career guidance? Then you should look into our Management Trainee Program.

Started in 1961, this program has been grooming the future leaders of our organization for more than five decades. Lasting anywhere from nine to twelve months, it is an opportunity to experience many different divisions in the Bank, from Retail to Commercial to First Bankcard. As a trainee, you will spend time exploring First National - the culture and people including networking with managers and executive leadership to find the right role for you upon completion of the program. If you are looking for an organization that allows you to explore your strengths while contributing to the growth of a multi-billion dollar company, I invite you to apply.

Tonya Kaminski
Vice President, Talent Management

Recruiting for the program occurs in the fall months. Fall recruits who join the program will begin in June the following year.

Key program components:

  • Rotations through key business units throughout the Bank
  • Overview of Bank products and services, while exploring your career interests
  • Project management throughout the organization
  • Professional development
  • Career guidance
  • Community involvement


  • Bachelors Degree
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Previous project participation or management experience, including:
    • Planning
    • Coordination
    • Development

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For questions or inquiries about the program, please contact HRTalentAcquisition@fnni.com.

Executive Development Associate Program

Do you hold your Master's Degree and have 3-5 years of work experience? Apply to be a part of this top performing and academically excellent group who will learn the foundation of the organization, experience a dynamic and rigorous development program and will put new ideas into action. This 9-12 month comprehensive program is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders and thought partners.

Timeframe: Recruiting for the program occurs in the fall months. Fall recruits who join the program will begin in June the following year.

Key program components:

  • Professional Development - Hands on professional development and mentoring will help you enhance your core strategic leadership skills, and strategic planning and execution abilities. Gain a comprehensive understanding of First National's business and an overview of the banking industry that will provide a solid foundation for a high-impact career.
  • Learn the Business, fast! Interview executive leadership and managers, to gain a working knowledge of the business, products and services and the strategic initiatives.
  • Make an impact today, Project Management - Add value through project leadership on top initiatives and executive sponsored projects.
  • Make the community successful, Community Impact - Want a front-row seat at some of the community activities that First National Bank supports? Get hands-on experience and learn to be a community and company ambassador to make the communities in which we serve great. Help us be "First in the Community!!"

First National Connect

Members of First National Connect (FNC), First National’s Emerging Professionals group, are empowered to own and grow their careers, while developing connections across the enterprise and the community. FNC members are exposed to a variety of professional development, networking opportunities and community service throughout the year. First National Connect provides events like Breakfast Connections, a networking breakfast where employees are given the chance to have breakfast and conversation with a panel of First National Senior Leadership. Another great opportunity is the Company Connection series, which focuses on areas of professional development within the bank and highlights how First National serves our customers, employees and community. Throughout the year, FNC members also take part in a variety of social and community activities like: Storm Chasers baseball games, Lucky Bucket brewery tour, mentoring Omaha students and volunteering at local non-profits. FNC is committed to creating an engaging and inclusive environment in which every member has the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and will help create a space for empowerment, transparency and all levels of success.

Come connect with others, own your career and grow yourself with First National Bank.