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Northwestern Mutual

College Financial Representative

October 2020 - May 2021 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

Flexibility, job experience, mentorship opportunities, networking opportunities

What I wish was different

More structure, tailored internship setup for someone with a very busy schedule (I wasn't able to fully benefit due to my tough schedule)

Advice

Set aside regular hours each week to dedicate to this work!
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College Financial Representative

February - November 2021 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

Professional setting, really helped me prepare for the real world.

What I wish was different

The pay was not enough as it was a commission job, and it's very hard to sell life insurance to college students.

Advice

Be confident when you go into this career field and make sure you have a lot of connections. Also, better have a lot of money saved up so you can actually live while starting this career.
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Data Engineer Intern

September 2020 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Remote, low stress, good learning

What I wish was different

Hybrid instead of fully remote

Advice

Take advantage of campus resources for job postings
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Financial Representative

June 2021 • Minnetonka, MN

What I liked

I enjoyed the independence of the internship. You run your own financial planning practice, so there's a lot of agency and freedom. There's also an incredible emphasis on the professional development of the interns.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Consistency is key.
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Associate financial representative

March - October 2021 • Saginaw, MI

What I liked

I never imagined I would learn as much as I did at this role. It prepared me more than I could have ever imagine for the the path that I am currently taking

What I wish was different

Advice

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College Financial Representative

May 2021 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I liked the financial planning experience, the people dedicated to my growth and development, and the commission based pay.

What I wish was different

I wish I pursued this internship when I was a senior instead of a junior in college. It is an internship that allows you to fully experience what a career in financial advising is like.

Advice

You will succeed in this experience if you enjoy a client-facing position and personal finance.
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Financial Advisor

May 2021 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I really enjoyed the professional atmosphere and the help from my mentours; I felt like I was treated and expected to perform just as well as a full time advisor.

What I wish was different

It was difficult to actively manage a calendar and decide what my schedule looked like but in the end I found it most important :)

Advice

Advocate for yourself and reach out if you are struggling; you will get the help you need and more!
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College Financial Representative

April - August 2021 • Austin, TX

What I liked

It was a great atmosphere, everyone at the Westlake location was extremely nice and helpful. I also learned skills in a professional setting that will carry over to any career choice. It was a very hands on experience, unlike any job I'd ever had.

What I wish was different

I wish that they gave you a foot in the door in terms of a clientele base, as you have to build one from the ground up. Because it's all on you to build your network you're often left to call upon friends and family to help grow your business, something that I really didn't enjoy doing.

Advice

I'd say that it's worth it only if you want to get into financial advising as a career, or if you want to eventually get into sales. The experience you get from this internship is pretty valuable, but only if you want to end up in those particular fields mentioned earlier.
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Finance Representative Intern

June - September 2021 • Providence, RI

What I liked

I learned first hand what the responsibilities are as a full time rep.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more sales, I fell short of my goal

Advice

It’s one of the best ways to improve your professionalism and communication skills
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Finance Intern

January - June 2021 • Leawood, KS

What I liked

I liked the other interns, and the hands on experience of having an internship.

What I wish was different

I wish I wasn't a sales person. It was all sales, and very little actual planning on behalf of the customer's behalf.

Advice

I would like to share that it is not for everyone. It is way more sales than they lead to believe in the interview process.
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College Financial Representative

May 2021 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Great team and awesome training opportunities

What I wish was different

They pay schedule and cut offs was confusing

Advice

Learn everything you can, put in your best effort, but also beware that the pay is based off your performance
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Financial Representative

August 2020 • Spokane, WA

What I liked

Gained great experience and was able to work while still going to school and being involved.

What I wish was different

I worked from home, which was nice, but it would have been nice to be around my coworkers at the office.

Advice

It takes a lot of determination and drive.
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College Financial Representative

June 2020 • Clinton, NJ

What I liked

The level of training before beginning actual work is phenomenal. The work schedule is extremely flexible, and the work itself is rewarding. I have learned a variety of different skills that would translate easily to any other role, if I wanted one! I have personally found a home at Northwestern, and will continue as a College Rep until graduation, then convert to a full-time position. I highly recommend giving the internship a shot, no matter what major you are.

What I wish was different

Advice

This internship is unique. It involves a great deal of facing clients, and learning how to communicate information effectively. If you are a 'people person,' you will have so much fun and learn a great deal! Also, because Northwestern is in financial planning and wealth management, you will learn a lot about how to manage your own finances. There is nothing like finding a little bit of financial peace; and in this internship, you get to help others find that peace too!
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Sourcing Intern

June - August 2021 • Norwalk, CT

What I liked

I liked finally being able to work somewhere in person!

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to interact with more people rather than just recruiting them from my computer, but it was appropriate given the circumstances of the pandemic.

Advice

I would highly recommend this internship to someone looking for a career in recruiting/human resources!
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College Financial Representative

June - August 2021 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

The people at the downtown Colorado Springs office of Northwestern Mutual are amazing. They were super fun to work with and it was a great experience. I learned a lot and they paid for my licenses.

What I wish was different

I wish they gave us a little more guidance on what to do when you run out of clients.

Advice

Always, always, always ask your clients who else you can reach out to. Otherwise, you will quickly run out of people to contact.
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College Financial Representative

April - September 2021 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

It was a challenging work experience that allowed me to learn a lot

What I wish was different

Advice

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College Financial Representative

May - August 2021 • King of Prussia, PA

What I liked

Fun environment and great real world experience

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more guidance for the interns when they started having trouble.

Advice

Don't take failure personally, and try your best with what you start with
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College Financial Representative

June 2021 • Bemidji, MN

What I liked

It let me be my own boss

What I wish was different

Would have succeed at the job

Advice

It is hard so you need to be committed
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Full-Stack Software Engineer

July 2020 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

They had a very inclusive environment, even though we were virtual. Everyone on my team always made sure that I was in the loop about what was going on and always made themselves available if I needed help.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gone into the office, but due to COVID-19, I couldn't.

Advice

Build your connection early! For every single person you meet on-site, add them on LinkedIn.
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College Financial Representative

August 2021 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

You are immersed in the real life experience of being a financial planner.

What I wish was different

I wish I could experience different positions with the company, like underwriting or centralized planning.

Advice

This is a great experience if you love people and networking constantly.
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