From Intern to Advisor

It was the year 2015 when Casey George first began his search for an internship. He was a student at Liberty College in Virginia where his career advisors and teachers both stressed the importance of getting some type of ‘real-world experience.’ He planned to move back home to Weare for the summer, so he was looking at opportunities in New Hampshire. Seeing as he was concentrating in marketing, his initial search was focused on obtaining a marketing internship. He considered the different fields under the umbrella of marketing; advertising, digital marketing, brand development, etc.; however, when a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual reached out to him about an exclusive opportunity for college students, Casey decided that was the position he wanted to pursue.

Coincidentally, Casey’s cousin was currently employed at Northwestern Mutual and was familiar with their financial representative internship program. After an initial conversation about the program, Casey was hesitant, knowing that the financial industry was not the field he was looking to go into after graduation. He decided to apply anyways, in order to gather more information. During his first interview, they discussed the training program, describing how it was one of the best in the country, but also how it would yield Casey the ‘real-world experience’ that he was ultimately looking for in a program.

Casey accepted an offer and immediately went into training. As promised, he was taught the necessary skills to be successful in the position. He followed their model, attended weekly trainings, worked with his mentor and within a few months was receiving awards for his success. Casey was awarded intern of the year in 2015 for the ‘Northern New England Network.’ Due to his success, he was provided the option to continue working with the company during the school year and he excitedly accepted.

It was during his time at school that he developed strong time management skills and learned the importance of holding himself accountable. Although he had the flexibility to create his own schedule, he had certain requirements he had to meet, so it was imperative that he continued working hard. The hard work paid off and in 2016 he was awarded the ‘Top 10 Intern in the Nation’ award, out of roughly 5,000 interns nationwide. His continued successes during the internship motivated him to continue working with the company after graduation. Although he enjoyed the experience of living in Virginia, there was something about New Hampshire that made him want to move back. Casey loves to be outside and knew that residing permanently in New Hampshire, experiencing the four seasons, is unlike anything else. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Casey explained, “you have beautiful lakes, beaches, and mountains, so for me there’s no other place I’d rather be.”

Currently, Casey is a successful financial advisor, living in Manchester. In 2016 he won the Rhino Award, which is given to new representatives who go above and beyond. In addition to running his own practice, Casey remains involved in the internship program as the ‘college unit director.’ He takes time from his business to mentor interns and help them grow their personal practices. Casey is constantly encouraging students to consider the internship program, explaining “the skills I learned during the internship program are transferable to any career that a student would decide to pursue after graduation.” Additionally, he is constantly reinforcing the importance of gaining networking and communication skills to the current interns.

We feel extremely lucky to have Casey on our team and cannot wait for other motivated students like him to come our way!

Summer Olson is the Campus Recruiter at Northwestern Mutual with a passion for creative writing. Her favorite genre to write is non-fiction because she enjoys learning about a time in history and recreating it with fact and a little bit of fiction. Summer also enjoys reading, being outdoors, and traveling.

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