A Welcoming, “Hands-On” Environment Led to a Career
Early in her internship, Gina Lee experienced what makes NJM Insurance Group special.
“From Day One, I felt welcomed into the NJM family and received support from so many people,” she said.
Gina Lee interned in the Actuary Department in the Summer of 2017 and returned for a shorter internship later that winter. She became interested in NJM during a career fair at TCNJ, where she majored in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Actuarial Science.
“I had always heard great things about NJM from friends and family who are policyholders or had worked here,” she said. “I enjoyed learning more about the company when I spoke with an NJM talent acquisition specialist at the fair.”
Gina Lee knew she had made the right choice once she arrived for her internship.
“It was exactly what I was looking for,” she said. “A great opportunity to get hands-on, meaningful experience and learn more about the day-to-day work of an actuary. Everyone I interacted with was so supportive and friendly.”
More importantly, Gina Lee knew her work had a real impact.
“I felt as though my work was valued and appreciated, and I wasn’t just given ‘busy’ work,” she said. “I was tasked with meaningful projects that I continue to refer to and expand upon in my full-time position.”
Gina Lee was hired shortly after graduating in 2018. Today she is a senior actuarial specialist focusing on personal auto pricing. One of the biggest takeaways from her internship is a skill set many employers seek — communication skills.
“Written and verbal communication, especially when giving a presentation, is so important in almost any job,” she said. “My internship experience provided me with many opportunities to practice communicating in a professional environment in multiple ways, including presentations, emails, and smaller team meetings.”
Her advice to NJM interns? Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
“Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn and grow, which is the main point of your internship experience,” Gina Lee said. “Don’t be afraid of trying new things.”