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4.7 of 5 stars (650 Ratings)

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The most elaborate Internship in America

5.0 of 5 stars

Orlando, FL | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

You find yourself

Downers

The calling

Advice to Potential Interns

Come ready to work hard and network a lot within and outside of the office

Would You Recommend

Yes

An incredible opportunity with unlimited benefits

5.0 of 5 stars

Albany, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The culture within company is amazing. You receive education and mentoring from successful Financial Services professionals. You can make a lot of money. You bringing incredible value to the people that you meet with.

Downers

It is tough to emerge as a financial representative as an intern. You faced a lot of adversity, as with anything in life.

Advice to Potential Interns

I wish I knew that the organization desperately desires for me to be successful and to continue on with them.

Advice to Management

The company could increase its employee retention rate.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Build your Career

5.0 of 5 stars

Memphis, TN | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The flexibility, compensation, and recognition.

Downers

It takes driven individuals

Advice to Potential Interns

It's very flexible

Would You Recommend

Yes

Interns grow personally and professionally while having an impact on their clients' future

5.0 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Meeting with clients and developing language and sales skills to encourage taking action towards financial security.

Downers

The fact that a lot of interns don't give it their all and end up leaving so much growth on the table.

Advice to Potential Interns

I wish I knew about how accountable the leadership was. They want to see you succeed because they have a direct interest in your success. They are great people. You can be skeptical all you want, I was too, but in the end the impact we have is the real work that we do, and you will get to see that.

Advice to Management

Retention is tough with this internship, I would engage the interns through accountability structure with the new interns.

Sample Interview Questions

What do you want to get out of this internship?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Living the career, not observing somebody else doing it.

5.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

There was no easing in period, the internship is the career.

Downers

The freedom to do create your own calendar might be a little too lax for many students.

Advice to Potential Interns

I think the NM training program is perfect.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best real world experience to know if you want to become a financial planner, without the financial stress of being out of school.

4.8 of 5 stars

Provo, UT | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

paid, flexible hours, great mentors, real life learning (not stapling and scanning), learning about a job before the social pressures of being graduated come.

Downers

It was hard seeing so many people filter themselves out of the internship as they realized it wasn't for them. But I made a lot of friends along the way!

Advice to Potential Interns

Don't anticipate getting paid for 3-6 months because you can't force people to make decisions right away. Therefore, if you need money, come in with a 3-6 month emergency fund already built up.
Make friends with someone who has been successful, so that you can go to them with questions and they can have empathy when you are going through hard times.
Find as many ways to set goals and hold yourself accountable to those goals as possible
Do as much joint work as possible

Advice to Management

They should stress more shadowing experiences advisors to learn how to work with wealthy people earlier on.

Sample Interview Questions

I can't remember, that was 9 years ago

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best Internship in the U.S. that is open to all Students

5.0 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

the training and development

Downers

waking up early :)

Advice to Potential Interns

Treat this like a full-time opportunity from day 1, it could be the best decision you make in your life

Advice to Management

nothing

Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about your journey thus far

Would You Recommend

Yes

start your own business today

4.9 of 5 stars

Hartford, CT | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

the ability to have your own clients and build your own practice

Downers

commission can be hard in college

Advice to Potential Interns

this internship was by far way better than expected. you play the role of a full time rep while still in school. it allows you to build up your client base before even graduating.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Help people live the life they were meant to live and achieve your own success along the way

5.0 of 5 stars

Davenport, IA | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

You are working in the full time capacity as an intern and building your own business

Downers

The flexibility is great but also bad if you don't manage your time properly

Advice to Potential Interns

It is tough but rewarding work so give yourself a shot and it can change your life

Would You Recommend

Yes

Challenging yet rewarding, phenomenal professional and personal growth, and real world experience

4.9 of 5 stars

Denver, CO | 2017 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Taking what I was learning in the classroom (as a financial planning major) and applying it to real clients scenarios. I can say none of my classmates had actual experience with clients like I did, they only knew how to deal with hypothetical fact patterns. It is obviously a lot different when there is a human being sitting across from you.

Downers

Having to balance it with school. It was tough to do both, but manageable when I set my mind to it and was efficient with my calendar. This was a growing experience as I learned to manage my time more effectively.

Advice to Potential Interns

I wish I had known the scope of the company better. What I mean by this is the sound comprehensive planning this company does. I think many students see this internship as an insurance only deal, and while that is true in the beginning, it is so much more. For example, I passed my Series 6 and 63 in my senior year of college.

Advice to Management

Promoting Northwestern as a planning firm not just an insurance company like it used to be. Certainly insurance plays a big part in our company culture, but the opportunities here are endless and I don't think prospective students understand that.

Sample Interview Questions

I honestly can't remember since that was 2 years ago. They were pretty standard, such as "tell me about a time when".. things like that.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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