Van Wyk Risk Solutions

Risk Management Intern

February - June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved my internship with Van Wyk! They were so welcoming the moment I began; they genuinely cared that I was learning something new and that I had a positive experience from start to finish. I really enjoyed learning about insurance... a HUGE financial industry that's often in the back of our minds, and that we don't touch on much in class at Calvin. Last but not least, this internship allowed me to travel and work abroad in London for one month in the heart of London's financial district! I could go on and on about this experience; I learned a lot and had a ton of fun, it was definitely the experience of a lifetime.

What I wish was different

I honestly do not have much to suggest. Van Wyk has an excellent company culture and is full of sharp people; they expect professionalism, but also show leniency toward the student-intern life. I was on a sports team which finished at the end of February, and they showed grace with that too. Everyone is caring and enjoys sharing their knowledge.


I was a little wary about applying for an internship with an insurance agency, since I didn't know much about insurance. However, I'm so glad I took the leap and ended up here, it's an exciting and very interesting industry. Van Wyk expects that interns start with no insurance experience, all they want is a good attitude and a willingness to learn. So have confidence in yourself when applying or reaching out for more information! Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn as well with any questions, I now work here full-time.
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