Employer: Northwestern Mutual (NWM)
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Courtney not only scored an internship with one of the leading financial agencies in the world, but she also created her own business through them! She would help her clients achieve lifelong financial security and make plans on how to safely spend their money. A typical meeting with Courtney would begin by going over what your life goals are and then figure out a financial plan to achieve those goals. Then she would help the client execute the plan and work with them to help them stay financially stable.
Courtney was also ranked third best Northwestern Mutual intern nationally and actually has been working with them even now! She went from being just an agent to now being a College Unit Captain; she is very good at what she does. “I learned what the corporate world is about,” says Courtney. “I have never had more fun in a work environment than I do here at NWM.”
Internships don’t just have to be learning about the job and career path you want. “I learned how to self-manage while working for NWM because it was a lot for me to manage school, coaching, cheerleading and work all at the same time,” says Courtney.
Courtney brought up a very smart tactic she used to obtain her internship that all students should use. “Well, I looked up certain companies pertaining to my major and learned about what they did. Then I chose a handful of companies that I was most interested in. Not only did I apply through the application part of the websites, but I also looked up the CEO, President, VP, and heads of the department that I wanted to work for and sent them all an email with my résumé attached to it,” says Courtney. This was a great way for her to not only obtain recognition through her résumé but also be noticed as a person via email, instead of just noticed as another applicant.
story by: Nick Quattropani