Associate Trainee

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: San Juan, PR

At Popular, we offer a wide variety of services and financial solutions to serve our communities in Puerto Rico, United States & Virgin Islands. As employees, we are dedicated to making our customers dreams come true by offering financial solutions in each stage of their life. Our extensive trajectory demonstrates the resiliency and determination of our employees to innovate, reach for the right solutions and strongly support the communities we serve; this is why we value their diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds.


Are you ready for a rewarding career?

Over 8,000 people in Puerto Rico, United States and Virgin Islands work at Popular.

Come and join our community!

About the Associate Trainee Program

Would like to have a positive impact and leave your mark in a company under a critical business and digital Transformation?  Are you a fast learner that enjoy innovating, analyzing, and finding solutions to tough problems?  Are you comfortable with complex, fast-paced environments, and aggressive due dates?  Are you interested in being part of a human-centered organization engaged with ESG initiatives?

General Description

Our three-year rotational full-time program allows you to explore and contribute to Popular, while leveraging your strengths, and growing your skills.  Associate Trainees will rotate in key operational and business areas, while also experiencing key support functions.  Accelerated development is key:  trainings and workshops will be provided. 

This is a truly collaborative and hands-on experience.  Mentors, buddies, and cross functional team members will support your journey to enhance knowledge, as well as your technical and soft skills. 

In addition, throughout the program, trainees will have the unique opportunity of exploring their own professional interests, grow their network relations, and participate in community service activities. At the end of the Program, you will be assigned on a professional role based on organizational needs and associate’s interests and performance.

What The Program Offers

  • Three, one-year role rotations driven by business priorities.
  • A challenging hands-on experience to develop and enhance professional skills.
  • Mentorship by experienced peers and executives.
  • Exposure to diverse set of business processes, staff functions and management viewpoints.
  • Banking industry knowledge through collaboration and networking with experienced team members.
  • Trainings in job departments functions that will facilitate the transfer between rotational units and increase promotional opportunities.
  • Company-sponsored trainings/licenses/certifications to increase professional growth.
  • Job role to be performed mainly in Puerto Rico facilities, but employee might have the opportunity to visit Popular Affiliates and Subsidiaries in USA and VI as part of the assigned job rotation to collaborate with team members within these areas.
  • Travel might be required.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Economics or Industrial Psychology), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or Business Administration.

Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.


A maximum of four (4) years of combined work experience.  Relevant internship or work experiences within educational field.  Solid experience in extracurricular activities (e.g., active participation in student organizations, community service, special projects, mentoring, tutoring, volunteer work).

Certifications / Licenses

No certifications or license needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's)

  • Communication Skills: Polished presentation skills, strong oral and written communication skills and fully bilingual (English/Spanish). Strong ability to communicate ideas (storytelling). 
  • Learning Agility:  Comfortable with complexity, fast-paced environment and aggressive due dates; analyze and find solutions to tough problems; thinks quickly; fast learner. Demonstrated experience working well with passionate stakeholders and users. 
  • Analytical Skills:  Stays focused on main issues, prevents irrelevant issues or distractions from interfering with timely completion of assignments.  Collects, researches, and complements data; careful and systematic evaluation of information; synthesizes complex or diverse information. Demonstrates attention to detail; applies design principles; generate creative solutions.  Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative, consequences and solutions.
  • Leadership Skills: Ability to lead others by establishing clear priorities and objectives, fostering a climate of respect, motivates the team and fosters diversity, inclusion.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrated self-awareness, self-motivation, empathy, and social skills; thinking before acting.
  • Innovation and Digital Skills: Ability to achieve results by providing innovative ways of working with operational and technological considerations.
  • Strategic Ability: Able to establish a desired future; effectively translating it into action plans.  Understand the business environment, assessing major trends and their impact.
  • Computer and Technological Skills: Advanced proficiency in MS Office 365 (i.e., PowerPoint and Excel) and other presentation’s software.  Experience with data management tools such as Power Pivot, Power BI, among others is desired.
  • Project Management: Knowledge of project coordination, identification of business needs, work plan, budget control, time management, resource allocation, team management and status reports.  Must demonstrate leadership, logic, and reasoning skills. Ability to work with multiple projects and tasks with minimum supervision. 


Analytical Discipline
Collaboration & Teamwork
Change Agent
Customer Centric
Self Development
Business Excellence

Additional Information

The information provided here is only a general guide as to the nature of the position and does not constitute an exact description of the goals, tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position. The specific details of each position are described in the employee’s performance evaluation.

Important: The candidate must provide evidence of academic preparation or courses related to the job posting, if necessary.


Popular requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of work. We will require you to provide a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. (1)

(1)  In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

       2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

       2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine


Popular may provide vaccination exemptions for medical or pregnancy reasons, or due to a sincerely held religious belief or practice, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to Popular or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. If you wish to request a vaccination exemption or have a disability and need assistance with the application process, please contact us at This email inbox is monitored for such types of requests only. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed exemptions or reasonable accommodations. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.


As Puerto Rico’s leading financial institution, we reaffirm our commitment to always offer essential financial services and solutions for our customers, including during emergency situations and/or natural disasters. Popular’s employees are considered essential workers, whose role is critical in the continuity of these important services even under such circumstances. By applying to this position, you acknowledge that Popular may require your services during and immediately after any such events.


Popular is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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