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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

The best opportunity that can be afforded to a college student.


Uppers

Independence, Income, and Impact


Downers

There is nothing wrong that I would say here.


Advice to Potential Interns

Take the leap!


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Northwestern Mutual develops college students into financially sound and successful entrepeneurs.


Uppers

The office culture is great, with everyone striving to be the best versions of themselves. I love the drive within my office. I was compensated well and able to develop my own financial plan that will serve me well into the future. The perks of working in our office are great, and employee appreciation is clearly noted. Recognition is given often and when deserved. I love the relationships I have with my mentors, as I know I can go to them with any problem, professional or otherwise, and they will do their best to help me. My knowledge of personal finance has blossomed since being with Northwestern and this knowledge will serve me well going into the future.


Downers

This business has a lot of emotional up and downs, however this was mitigated by the presence of great mentors.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you desire a future where you are largely your own boss, and able to have as much freedom as you wish, you should be willing to fight for this job.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Life Changing


Uppers

Meeting people


Downers

Phoning people


Advice to Potential Interns

Meet as many people as you can


Advice to Management

Employee retention but it is a hard business


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A REAL CAREER TEST DRIVE


Uppers

The fact that you had flexibility and could be compensated just like a full time advisor.


Downers

What i liked least was that it made me VERY uncomfortable at the time, much like any new business owner would. It was sink or swim, but in retrospect thats what made me who I am today and I'm happy with that.


Advice to Potential Interns

The fact that this is an internship that you will grow in more than you could ever think possible. Its heavy duty and even if you dont find this career to be your passion, you will be a stronger human being.


Advice to Management

I would say it specific to the different offices. As a whole, we need to constantly improve on being great role models to our interns we bring on and make sure we have the infrastructre to support all that we promise.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Awesome


Uppers

Real work experience


Downers

Nothing at all


Advice to Potential Interns

Think about where you want to be 5+ years from now and decide if this can get you there


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Literally the best thing that has ever happenned to me. Absolutely life changing in the best way possible


Uppers

the real world hands on experience; I learned more about the insurance/financial services industry in 3 months doing this internship than I did during 4 years of college business school.


Downers

You have to be self motivated and must be willing to work hard!


Advice to Potential Interns

Only the strong survive and succeed in this internship/career. It is truly hands on real world experience; interns are doing the same thing that the full time reps do, the numbers expectations for interns is lower than full-time, but you do the exact same thing the full-timers do.


Advice to Management

Northwestern Mutual is such an amazing company that they have all aspects of management down to a science. Some offices will differ from others, but the network I am in I have zero complaints; I can always find help when I need it, the compensation is more than fair, and I decide my own hours. There is a fairly high turnover rate, but that is because most people can't hack it. This business is not easy, but nothing in life worth doing is easy. If you can rise above and succeed, I vehemently believe that this career can be the most satisfying career in the world.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Northwestern Mutual provides you the ability to get first hand experience in the career that you are be pursuing!


Uppers

Having the ability to do the same thing a full time rep. would do, also getting the resources needed to succeed.


Downers

The only con was not learning a lot about product since this was a career I wanted to pursue. However I just spoke with other full time reps and researched products online in order to learn more products.


Advice to Potential Interns

Take this program seriously because it can really give you a large advantage on your peers when going into the business world post grad. This internship is also very lucrative if taken serious as well!


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

The Most Rewarding Internship Ever!


Uppers

Being able to set your own hours. The financial compensation. The unlimited possibilities that can be achieved. My fellow collegues. The constant ability to learn and further my career.


Downers

Sometime our weekly development locations would change. Once I went to the wrong location and missed the session for that week.


Advice to Potential Interns

NWM is the in a category of its own. If you are looking for an internship that you are actually getting to test drive the career of a full time Financial Representative, then NWM is the company you want to select. The internship actually allows you to experience the day to day life of a full time Rep. You will learn a lot about yourself by participating in this internship, even if this is not the career path you want to take. It is a very rewarding experience.


Advice to Management

N/A


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Real work expeerience that test drives a career of building your own business.


Uppers

The training for this internship really gives its interns the development they need for the career. The work you do as an intern does not differ far from someone who is full-time so you really get to find out if this career is right for you through the internship.


Downers

The expected activity is tough and majority of the pay is commission. When you do the activity, it is really rewarding. If it was easy then everyone would be doing it.


Advice to Potential Interns

The training for this internship teaches you how to build a business. Those skills can be applied to any career.


Advice to Management

Better communication upfront of what is expected of interns day to day. Many interns end up asking a lot of questions to full-time employees that do not want to be bothered from 9-5.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Ability to build a career that offers unlimited income potential, independence and impact.


Uppers

The personal growth I had. My communication skills, etc.


Downers

Since it was new, I found it intimidating at first. I didn't dislike this aspect, but it was a factor early on.


Advice to Potential Interns

What other career offers unlimited income potential, independence and impact. What will be important to you now/down the road. I think this is the career that will allow you to live your life by design, not default.


Advice to Management

Continue to bring in high level individuals.


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Yes


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