Class of May 2013
Business Administration (Marketing and Finance)
Internship Employer: Aetna, Inc.
Position Title: IVL/SG Broker Services Intern
Charlotte Smith certainly was a "busy bee" this past summer. The Business Administration senior (focus in Marketing and Finance) was kept active through Aetna's internship program. As one of the nation's (and world's) largest health insurance companies, Aetna hires a slew of interns every summer to populate their Hartford, CT campus. Charlotte, being one of those interns, worked for Broker Services. Through this position, she was handed an array of tasks including data analysis, marketing material production, creation of diagnostic reports, and helping "plan incentives for the brokers to perform their best."
As for her experiences, Charlotte says she learned a lot during her stay with Aetna. Not being familiar with the healthcare industry, she says that "the entire time was a learning process." In addition to familiarizing herself with the industry, she was able to become well-rounded in all things business. Instead of learning just one skill set, Charlotte learned many. "Through this opportunity," she says, "I have been able to gain experience in marketing, finance, data analytics, event planning, and I have been able to work with other departments as well. This variety of experiences will help me in the future when finding a career and make me a more valuable employee."
Having pulled from her internship what employers find most important, Charlotte advises internship seekers to "start early" and "not limit yourself." Don't confine yourself to only the skill sets you know or think you need. Try everything because "you never know what you'll end up with!"
Story by Alexandra Remy