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Spring into opportunity with year-round internship in financial services

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  • The McTigue Financial Group Internship Team (left to right) of Jeannie Andresen, campus recruiter, Carly Vadnais, campus recruiter, and Theresa Taylor, director of internship development plan to offer students an opportunity to test drive a financial services career in 2013.

      The McTigue Financial Group Internship Team (left to right) of Jeannie Andresen, campus recruiter, Carly Vadnais, campus recruiter, and Theresa Taylor, director of internship development plan to offer students an opportunity to test drive a financial services career in 2013.

Karen Spillers

January is not only a time when students return to classes, they also set their sights on summer and the internship they would like to secure.

With Northwestern Mutual McTigue Financial Group's year-round financial services internship students don't have to wait until summer.

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"A rolling start to our internship program means students can get started throughout the year," explains Theresa Taylor, director of internship development.

While summer internships are popular, Taylor says, Northwestern Mutual's year-round internship provides college students with far more than a single semester or summer break to build a solid foundation of knowledge in the financial services industry -- and often converts students from college representatives to financial representatives. On average, 1 out of 3 former interns converts to a full-time representative contract upon graduation.

The McTigue Financial Group plans to offer 5 students an opportunity to test drive the financial services career in 2013 working from their office located at 650 Dundee Road in Northbrook. "Our internship has been highly rated due to its mentorship and career advancement opportunities, intern involvement, resume enhancement and the opportunity to work within one of Northwestern Mutual's top network offices," adds Taylor. Training classes are offered in March, May, June, September and December. Students generally work 15 to 20 hours per week during the school year and at least 40 hours per week in the summer.

For college students interested in learning more about year-round internships, Taylor offers these tips:

1. Start with your college career center. They can provide you with a list of possible year-round internships, applications dates, and other sources of information.

2. Go online and conduct your own research. is a popular website for internship advice. You can learn about the Top 10 internships and view video profiles. You will find the Northwestern Mutual financial representative internship program among the top 10 programs.

3. Attend career and internship fairs on your college campus. The McTigue Financial Group regularly participates in career and internship fairs at Chicago area colleges and universities. To view an up-to-date schedule, visit our internship page at

The Northwestern Mutual internship program was launched in 1967, and offers both hands-on training and real-life experience. Many of the company's most successful financial representatives and nearly half of its senior field management are former interns.

About The McTigue Financial Group

The network office currently headed by John McTigue opened for business in 1872. The McTigue Financial Group is a Northwestern Mutual office providing expert guidance in life insurance, investment products and services, retirement and estate planning, education funding and employee benefits. The offices are located at One North Wacker Drive in Chicago, 2015 Spring Road in Oak Brook, 650 Dundee in Northbrook, and 8600 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago. To learn more about the internship opportunity contact campus recruiters, Jeannie Andresen at 312-641-8926 or Carly Vadnais at 312-641-8944.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company -- Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) -- among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNEŽ magazine -- has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments. Further information can be found at

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