Northwestern Mutual Internship

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4.8 of 5 stars

For those who are or want to be the best of the best, give Northwestern Mutual a shot. There's no downside.
Seattle, WA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The training is fantastic. Learning about such important topics like financial planning, budget analysis, and running a business can't be replaced. Whether or not an intern goes full-time with the company, they'll be a better person and more employable after the internship. The office culture is fantastic as well. I love the competitive nature because everyone wants to succeed as badly as they want to breathe, but they also want to see others succeed. They want to be the best by beating the best. Tons of great, fun people, and the internship strikes a perfect balance - for me - between professional and fun. The pay is unbeatable to.


Downers

It's such a copmetitive field, that there is a ton of turnover in the industry. It can be hard to befriend someone as you're watching them fail out of something that they want badly.


Advice to Potential Interns

Some people simply aren't cut out for this career. It's extremely independent, and a lot of people don't like the fact that they're 100% responsible for their income and lifestyle. Others may not like that it's 100% commission based. I'd say try it and really submit yourself 100% to it before you decide it's not for you. The people who make this a career are really, really happy. It'd be a shame to not make the most of such a good opportunity.


Sample Interview Questions

First interview is very stereotypical, but less formal. Tell me about yourself. Strengths/weaknesses. What's your 5, 10, and 20 year plan. Tell me a time of adversity, etc. The second interview is super unique and really cool. They ask us to put together a powerpoint presentation covering a series of questions and trying to sell ourselves to the company. Things like: why this industry, why this company, what are your goals, what makes you different, what motivates you, what do you want from us, etc. This is where we ask them some questions as well to figure out if it could be a fit for us. The third interview is with our potential mentor to hear more about the career, expectations, and get a chance to really dig deep and as questions. They want to see from us the same things that anyone else does, but it's super cool to talk to a mentor rather than a recruiter during the interview process.


Advice to Management

Overall communication can be spotty sometimes. Whether it's requirements for a competition or conditions to get paid, they're not always as clear as possible. That's probably just a bureacracy issue, but it can be annoying. Other than that minor issue, I'd say keep doing what they're doing, finding great kids, and training them to be the best version of themselves.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Real work experience while building your own business.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Real experience, builiding a client base for myself, learning professional skills that can be applied to any industry, and being held accountable for my own business.


Downers

It was largely commission based, but there were other stipends and financial incentives.


Advice to Potential Interns

This company and business rewards high work ethic. What you put into this, is what you will earn out of it. It is incredibly rewarding.


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a time you had to overcome something and what you did to do it?



What is your biggest fear?



Describe your dream job.


Advice to Management

Be more upfront about the dress code during the hiring process. It would also be helpful to have a different training/orientation for interns with a certain level of experience instead of resending them back through training with new hires.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

A competitive, fun, and challeneging way to learn the indusrty
Pittsburgh, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I learned more than I did in school. I was able to grow up as an individual while getting real life experience. I didn't have to grab coffee or do administrative work.


Downers

It was stressful at times.


Advice to Potential Interns

Everybody should at least give it a shot. I never thought of this as a career when I started, but I gave it a chance and now I am here.


Sample Interview Questions

What makes you a good fit?


Advice to Management

I think it is fine the way it is. As long as you take the internship seriously and are coachable you will learn more than in any other internship.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars

Got to have the menatlity to do whatever it takes to succeed.
Los Angeles, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The fact that you get to make your own schedule, training and development are top notch, and you really get the opportunity to see how life really works.


Downers

The fact that I had to call people everyday and try to set them up for meetings.


Advice to Potential Interns

Do the work and make sure this is what you really want to do.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

You're Options are Endless
Omaha, NE | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Getting my experience before graduation was key, setting up my business to be a well oiled machine.


Downers

None, I had an unbelievable experience.


Advice to Potential Interns

Don't let your fears get in the way of your potential.


Sample Interview Questions

Why did you apply for this internship?


Advice to Management

Figure out a way to get the freshman and sophmores in as AFR's to learn the business.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Great Opportunity
Harrisburg, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

No maximum earning potential, flexibility in schedule, real life learning experience.


Downers

There were no negatives about this internship.


Advice to Potential Interns

Bestcompany in the financial services industry.


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

Great oppritunity to meet and help a lot of people in a very meanigful career.
Other (US) | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

helping people and flexible schedual.


Downers

I dont really have something about the internship that i didnt like. i thought it was very well put together.


Advice to Potential Interns

Dont hesitate ondoing this just becauseit is commision. This is an amazing experience!!!


Sample Interview Questions

Have you ever been in a management situation? If so, explain.


Advice to Management

I truely would noy improve my og\rganization at all!!! my advice to management would be to keep doing what your doing.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Rewarding
Dallas, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Experince

Training

Compensation Potential

Competitions


Downers

I cant think of anything I would improve


Advice to Potential Interns

Do the advised work and this will be the best experince ever.


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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