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Auto-Owners Insurance Company

Frontend Software Developer

June - August 2020 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The team I worked with was very welcoming and kind. Even though I was only there for a few weeks and the internship was remote, they made sure to make me feel included. I also like how involved the internship program was and how Auto-Owners made sure to connect interns with others. About once a week I met with someone knew within the company - whether that be another intern not in I.T. or a manager. I also liked how they invited interns to meetings to learn more about Auto-Owners and to learn more about working in a professional environment.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have been possible for the internship to be in-person, although I understand why that was not possible.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions! Your mentor was new once too and they are there to help you be your best.
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Insurance Underwriter Intern

June 2020 • Fargo, ND

What I liked

I liked that all the associates were very friendly, and that everyone there is super accepting of Interns. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

What I wish was different

During Covid times, I wish that the job would have been in the office, so I could experience more, but it was still very enjoyable.

Advice

I would recommend everyone from any field to apply for this internship. The company and associates are friendly, and the work is amazing.
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Corporate Marketing Intern

June - August 2020 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

I was given responsibilities that were actually used by the company.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

The people that work here are friendly, driven, and personable.
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Insurance Underwriting Intern

June 2020 • Draper, UT

What I liked

Great company culture, great co-workers, smooth work from home interface.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to ask questions.
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Loss Control Services Associate

June - July 2020 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

My team was very supportive and helpful. Even though it was a virtual internship, my coworkers always made a point to touch base with me and see how I was doing.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was in person, but COVID-19 has been a prevalent issue, so I understand why it had to be virtual.

Advice

Always show the initiative to do your work. Be a self-starter and don't wait for people to tell you what you should be working on. This will make you stand out to any employer.
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Software Developer Intern

May 2018 - August 2019 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Auto-Owners Insurance is a phenomenal company to work for! Their full-time offer's salary at first seemed low but when you begin to add up the benefits and bonuses it makes the offer quite competitive! I sincerely look forward to starting there full-time in June of 2020!

What I wish was different

My first year of my internship I wish I had subleased a place in Lansing. Driving an hour each way every day from Mt Pleasant was WAY too much driving!

Advice

No matter how confident you are in your skills, just do the internship! The training at AO is the best, bar none! I learned more in two months there than I learned in my four years of Computer Science classes!
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Underwriting Intern

May - August 2019 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The team at Auto-Owners was very welcoming and supportive throughout my internship. I was treated as a full-time employee and received the same training as entry-level associates. The company also hosted intern days, which allowed interns across the company to connect.

What I wish was different

Advice

I recommend this experience to anyone who has interest in the insurance world. Underwriting allows you to gain a perspective of the whole insurance process.
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Insurance Underwriting Intern

May - August 2019 • Draper, UT

What I liked

The culture of the company is great. All the managers have an open-door policy which made asking questions a lot easier. Co-workers were all super friendly and helpful. The training program that they put you through is helpful and gets you up to speed quickly. You actually work and get hands-on experience. I learned a ton about auto insurance that has helped me in my personal life and finances.

What I wish was different

The computer program that they use to underwrite insurance policies is an old DOS system from the '80s. It's time for a system upgrade.

Advice

Don't be afraid to explore the insurance industry. I know that the insurance industry gets a bad rap. Put aside all generalizations of what you think the industry is like and really get to know the ins and outs of insurance. Learning about the industry will help you so much in your personal life when trying to find insurance, and understand all the jargon.
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Auto Claims Adjuster Intern

May - August 2019 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I handled everyday claims and helped customers with their troubles. It was the true “real life” experience I was wanting in an internship.

What I wish was different

I specifically handled single party auto claims. I was able to shadow some property reps, but I wish I could have seen more home/business inspections.

Advice

When on the phone with a customer and they are yelling at you. The majority of the time they will be frustrated with something that has nothing to do with you. You just have to laugh about it and not take to heart. Just try and help the customer as best as possible.
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Personal Lines Underwriting

June 2019 • Columbia, SC

What I liked

From the very beginning I was told this was not going to a typical internship where’d I be filing paper, making coffee runs, shredding paper, ect... The very first day I began training and quickly began doing normal everyday tasks that the full time employees did too. It was a great way for me to learn more about underwriting while getting first hand experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Developer Intern

June - August 2019 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

My team members.

What I wish was different

More meaningful technical project. Less standard training.

Advice

Don't worry about having technical experience in for any given programming language. They assume newcomers don't know anything and will try to train you from the ground up for your respective job responsibilities.
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Personal Underwriting Intern

May - August 2018 • Forest, VA

What I liked

I loved how I got to be a part of the team! I was able to do real work to contribute. The branch was so welcoming!

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to go out in the field more.

Advice

Don't be scared to ask questions and get out of your comfort zone. There is so much to learn!
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associate business analyst

May 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The company lets you do real work and the family-like atmosphere makes getting work done a lot more easy.

What I wish was different

There’s not much that could have been better.

Advice

Be ready to do actual work. Adapting to the corporate environment is a bit strange coming from a run of the mill job.
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Insurance Underwriting Intern

May 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Great company. I love my department and the ability I will have to move around in a full time position.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to do more of the decision making processes that full time underwriters do. Most of my work was tedious and mundane.

Advice

Make connections! CEO Jeff Tagsold told us at an intern event that creating relationships in the company will get you further than the work you do.
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Claim Representative Intern

May 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Hours, location.

What I wish was different

More responsibility.

Advice

Afford more responsibility to interns that are staying long term.
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Phone Auditor Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked how they treated me like a full time employee and there were monthly events just for interns.

What I wish was different

I wish I shadowed a little more before training for the job.

Advice

Be sure to network with the other interns.
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Actuarial Intern

May 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

This was my second summer interning at Auto-Owners. I love the company culture and environment. They really care about their associates and focus on your development. I was given real actuarial work to complete and had the opportunity to present to the CEO of the company two times this summer.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Take advantage of all the opportunities handed to you. Ask plenty of questions and don't be afraid to speak up. It is important to learn as much as possible and let your talents show.
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Insurance Underwriting Intern

May 2017 • Lakeland, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed the fact that I am able to do real work for the company like any other associate. I am learning new things every day and gaining valuable office skills such as organization, communication, written skills, and professionalism. The work environment is very friendly and management is very accommodating!

What I wish was different

Sometimes I wish I had more projects and tasks that were different than the every day routine.

Advice

Soak up as much information as you can because a knowledgeable employee is very impressive! Being able to follow along and provide suggestions makes you valuable!
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Insurance Underwriting Intern

May - August 2018 • Lakeland, FL

What I liked

The management team was so wonderful. Everyone there was like a family.

What I wish was different

I wish they had a spot for me to stay but unfortunately they didn’t have room to make it work.

Advice

Even if I wasn’t able to stay, it was a great experience and I learned so many things. Not only about underwriting and insurance, but about business and management styles.
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Sofrware engineer

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Fun work. Great people. Competitive pay for a college student. Applicable experience for this field.

What I wish was different

Not much

Advice

Have fun.
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