A Meaningful Internship Experience He Wanted to Share With Others
Jack knew little about the insurance industry but looked forward to beginning his internship with NJM. Why?
“I knew I would enjoy my time there after speaking with NJM recruiters at my college’s career fair,” he said. “The culture there is very friendly and caring. Without fail, every morning employees greeted me when I arrived. Even when I worked on projects in other departments inevitably someone would ask how I was enjoying my time with the company.”
Jack is a senior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, majoring in Information Technology and Informatics with minors in Computer Science and American Studies. He’d like to work in Data Analytics when he graduates and appreciates the benefits it brings to the workplace and daily life.
“Every day we make data–driven decisions without realizing it,” he said. “We decide what time to wake up to get to class or work on time. Being able to look at data and connect it with real–world applications is fascinating. It allows us to make business decisions that otherwise might not be considered that could lead to significant improvements.”
As a power forward on the Croton Harman High School basketball team in Croton–On–Hudson, NY, Jack learned to juggle more than one ball at a time.
“I played year–round, which made time management critical to operate at a high level, while I balanced school, basketball, and family,” he said.
During the Summer and Winter of 2022, Jack interned in NJM’s IT Workstation Support Department and found it to be a fulfilling and productive experience.
“Many companies are unwilling to give their interns meaningful work,” he said. “I was receiving the same IT service requests as my department colleagues. Knowing that I was helping ease the workload was important to me. Not only did I learn a lot of valuable insights related to IT, but I also learned how a major company like NJM operates and the expectations it has of employees to thrive.”
He enjoyed his time so much, he decided to come back in the Summer of 2023.
“I returned because of how great my initial experience was,” he said. “I enjoyed working in IT, but also having the opportunity to work with other interns on our group projects. It allowed me to see how other departments operate and contribute to NJM.
“I was able to share my experience and lessons I learned from the previous summer about the NJM culture and IT with new interns and hires.”
NJM’s core value of supporting the communities it is privileged to serve struck a chord with Jack, who was community chair at his fraternity.
“One of the aspects of NJM’s internship that stood out to me was the various service events we were able to do together,” said Jack. “Serving the community has been a major part of my college career and that was continued during my two summers interning at NJM.”
Jack still values his time at NJM and has advice for incoming interns.
“Take advantage of the resources the NJM Internship Program gives you,” Jack said. “It’s important to connect with other interns and learn about their experiences. Also, if there are other NJM departments you want to learn more about, reach out to an intern or other colleague in that department because everyone at NJM is willing and excited to share their knowledge with interns.”