I enjoyed the emphasis Mercer puts on mentoring from the onset of the internship- both my "buddy" and supervisor were approachable and supportive throughout the summer. Along the same lines, I really appreciated the team projects I was able to be a part of. Working with four other colleagus to align/consolidate benefits for a client's three separate business units was great for my profressional development. This project was rewarding because there was no clearcut answer from the start- delivering the best course of action to our client required financial analysis and extensive employee health considerations. The workflow was consistent, and my responsibilities increased as I proved certain capabilities. Lastly, the Norwalk office is a great balance of competitive and collegial.
I would have liked to connect with other H&B interns around the country, especially those working in New York and Hartford.
Advice to Potential Interns
I would inform candidates about the ad hoc nature of intern work in Mercer H&B. I have gained exposure to a variety of clients in terms of size, location, and industry, and I have learned more about H&B consulting for it. I would also communicate to interns that Mercer does a great job strengthening professional relationships through office social events outside of work hours.
Advice to Management
Mercer should consider recruiting at Duke University. Sister company, Oliver Wyman, recruits on campus, as well as H&B competitors.