Stephanie Paradis’ Experience with Amica Mutual Insurance

Name: Stephanie Paradisstephh

Year: Senior

Internship: Amica Mutual Insurance – Future Leaders Intern Program

Major: Business Administration – Marketing and Management, Minor in Psychology

How did you get this internship?

The best part about this story is how I got the internship. During the spring semester of my Junior year, I was studying at a table in the Rotunda. That particular day, there was a team of Amica Mutual Insurance recruiters tabling. A recruiter, Jeff Gagnon, struck up a conversation with me about internship opportunities available in the summer months. After attending the career fair the following day, with resume in hand and Jeff as a reference, I was able to set up an interview.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

Mainly, the program is designed to educate the interns on what the insurance industry is, as well as what opportunities there are for recent graduates. This particular internship program is designed to provide a glimpse into Amica’s two entry level positions, Associate Account Manager and Associate Adjuster.

The Amica Mutual Insurance interns after giving their final presentations in front of the executive board.

The Amica Mutual Insurance interns after giving their final presentations in front of the executive board.

During the course of the 10 week internship there were three research presentations that required interviewing various employees and working closely with the other five interns and the training and development team. I was able to shadow both positions and understand the various aspects of insurance from underwriting to claims.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

Steph & the other interns at a celebratory dinner with their department.

Steph & the other interns at a celebratory dinner with their department.

Over the course of the summer with Amica, I was fortunate to become very close with the other Future Leader Interns. As a result we shared many memories that will last a lifetime. We were always given time to explore.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging aspect of the internship was moving myself down to RI for the summer. Although this was made easier by Amica, who generously gave a housing stipend that eased the transition.

How will this further your career?

At the conclusion of the 10 week internship, I was offered a full time position as an Associate Adjuster for their June 2016 class. Without much hesitation, I accepted. The job has so much to offer for a young business professional. It provides you the opportunity for growth and upward mobility, as well as the chance to experience different areas of the country.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

The best piece of advice I could give to an underclassmen is to not be afraid of jumping into opportunities that present themselves. This internship sort of came out of left field, it was not something that I had actively pursued. However, it ended up opening so many doors as well as gave me access to a larger network of people who are supportive in helping to develop my career.

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