Northwestern Mutual Internship

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4.8 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (234 Intern Reviews)

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4.9 of 5 stars

An amazing opportunity to build your own financial planning practice and gain real world experience.
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The best aspects of the internship with Northwestern Mutual is the ability to gain real world experience of starting up and running your own financial planning business, with no personal capital needed to invest up front. Learning life/business skills that would help in any career path, such as enhancing communication and time management, increased self confidence, and finanical planning knowledge helpful in your own personal life and business. Interns have the same opportunities as fulltime representives in building their client base. The independence, control of schedule, positive impact of interactions with clients, and a limitless income potential.


Downers

I did not have any negative experiences with my two years as in intern with Northwestern Mutual.


Advice to Potential Interns

Understand that this opportunity is not meant for everyone. Individuals who are open minded, willing/wanting to learn, and that are not afraid of working hard to get great rewards should apply. The company does a great job in supporting an interns growth and development, but it is meant for people striving for growth and experience.


Sample Interview Questions

What are you looking for in a career? Do you have aspirations of running your own business? What is your why?


Advice to Management

The company needs to continue to support it's representatives in training, education, and industry changes as it consistently does.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Growth: professionally, but more importantly personally
Minneapolis, MN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Starting your career before you graduate.


Downers

The internship is not easy. It can be difficult for others to take you serious in regards to their finances when they aren't sure if you will be here in 3 months.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you are willing to work hard an create your own future and be 100% in control of your life there is no better place to be.


Sample Interview Questions

My interview process was based around my goals and dreams and Northwestern trying to make sure this was a good fit for me.



-what was a difficult event in your life and how did you overcome it.


Advice to Management

Based on industry averages our retention as a firm almost quadruples the chance of success if you come from our internship. We need to and are continuing to work on diversity within our firm.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Starting your own business, determine your own pay.
Springfield, MO | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

You make as much money as you work for. You have an opportunity to start a business early on.


Downers

It's heavily commission based. No set pay. This is also the biggest benefit, for there is no cap on your income.


Advice to Potential Interns

YOu have to be driven, self motivated, willing to put up with a lot of pressure, and becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.


Sample Interview Questions

My biggest role model; why


Advice to Management

NONE


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Life changing experience, able to experience real work taks
Orlando, FL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Time flexibility


Downers

Building a client data base on people you know


Advice to Potential Interns

Have to manage your time responsibly in order to take advantage of the internship


Sample Interview Questions

Why you choose the finance industry


Advice to Management

More training


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Creativity and Elegance required
Pittsburgh, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Pay, time flexibility, leadership, "open -doorness", expirence


Downers

Nothing


Advice to Potential Interns

Be ready to become exposed to the real life of a CEO right away. Quick decisions that need to be good are required and you must become and expert at balance and efficiency.


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a time you failed at something and how did you learn from it.


Advice to Management

I don't believe the organization needs to improve here. Obviously you can always to do better with the aforementioned items but I believe NM's internship program truly should be ranked #1 in the company


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars

You get out what you put in
Springfield, MA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

You schedule your own time. Meet with the people you want to meet with. Whatever effort you put in is what you will get out of the internship


Downers

It takes time to get paid because of the cycle


Advice to Potential Interns

Set a goal and decide to reach it. Then dont stop until you do


Sample Interview Questions

What is your willingness to ask for help from coaches and mentors?


Advice to Management

I would change nothing, perhaps more willingness to cover costs of Representatives, however the more skin I have in the game the harder I will be working


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

In-depth look at a career. No other way to learn as much as by doing. Great chance to test drive what has become a phenomenal career.
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Seeing the industry from the inside out; gained more professioanal experience of learning how to treat others and be treated as a professional; by virtue of the role of a financial rep, you meet an incredibly large amount of people very quickly


Downers

There was less structure around my development at the time, but the program has evolved materially since then.


Advice to Potential Interns

Everything my firm told me about this business has been true.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars

Building character while creating a career
Springfield, MO | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Having the same resposnsiblities as full-time reps with the ability to only work part-time, schedule flexibility, building my own business, learning how to be a business owner, learning how to be a better financial planner, availability of resources, office culture, company culture,


Downers

Balancing school work with running a business


Advice to Potential Interns

Follow Granum and you'll succeed


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Opportunity to be courageous, grow and learn
Denver, CO | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Challenged me to get uncomfortable


Downers

Wish I had more time


Advice to Potential Interns

Be open minded and courageous


Sample Interview Questions

What's the biggest challenge you faced in life and how did you handle it?


Advice to Management

Would like the licensing process to go faster - I understand it's more a problem with the state


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

I saving important to you?
Indianapolis, IN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Growing personally and professionally


Downers

There are no cons. If you are motivated to succeed, it's hard not to


Advice to Potential Interns

Come in open minded and prepared to work hard


Would You Recommend

Yes


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