Name: Alfred Jackson
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Campus Involvement: Black Student Union, Vice President of Programming; Brothers 4 Progress; Economics Club
Hobbies: Playing my saxophone, video games, reading manga, and finding new music in New Orleans
Internship Employer: Northwestern Mutual
Primary duties: Financial advising, selling life and health insurance
What are you enjoying the most?
The thing I enjoy the most about this internship is how much they care about the interns. They make sure that we are successful by steadily checking in on us every week. Also, I’m learning so much about time management, being a professional, being patient, how to handle myself when I have to answer tough questions, and learning that even when people say no, you have to keep on enduring because that’s the only way you can be successful.
What have you learned about yourself so far?
I’ve learned a lot about myself since starting this internship, but the most important skill that I have learned is how to improve my time management! This internship has really taught me how to prioritize tasks—whether it is school, extracurricular or work related! It has not been an easy process, but I know that it will help me in the long term and make me a better all-around individual.
What recommendations do you have for other students looking for an internship?
First, don’t be afraid to use old connections. You never know what an old friend, boss, or acquaintance can do for you. Second, always stay involved because your leadership activities can help you land a great internship. Third, don’t be afraid to ask your friends who are successful for help. My good friend, Charles Buggage was integral to helping me land the internship. Fourth, use the program and services of the Career Development Center. With their assistance, I was introduced to Northwestern Mutual and my current supervisor!
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