Center for Internships and Career Development

Jonnell Atkins

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Jonnell Atkins
Business Administration Major
Class of 2013

Employer: Metlife Insurance Company
Title: Claims Specialist

For the past two summers, Business Administration
major Jonnell Atkins completed an internship
through INROADS at Metlife. INROADS helps place talented and underserved youth in business and industry job positions and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.

At INROADS Jonnell's title was Claims Specialist. She worked on a project called "Selling insurance to Millennials" which included going on a business trip to New Jersey and presenting her work to the Executive Vice President of MetLife (Todd Katz).  "It was scary, but it was an eye opener. I was outside of my comfort zone which was ultimately what I needed to see that this is the beginning to a successful ending." 

Jonnell heard about the INROADS program during her senior year of high school and followed up on it once she got to college. Once she applied and secured an interview, she set up a Mock Interview in Career Services with Cliff Marrett, Interim Director.  She found that the mock interview really helped her prepare and practice for the real interview and it gave her more confidence. "The most valuable part of completing an internship at INROADS was knowing that I am against the odds, knowing that I am promised a future. Because of INROADS, my foot is in the door."

What excited Jonell most about the internship is that she has been invited back over her winter break to continue the internship. Jonell's advice to other college students looking for an internship: "You have to want it for yourself and self-motivate.  It is also all about who you know, networking is really important."

Congratulations on your success Jonnell!

Story Submitted By Stacey Elizabeth Sankow 

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