Northwestern Mutual is a Fortune 500 financial services company based in Milwaukee, WI. The company offers interns experience running their own financial-advising practice with trainers and mentors to guide them. Past interns say they got “real-life financial planning experience" with an “opportunity for personal and professional development” in a setting that taught them "more about the real world than a classroom could ever teach.”

Internship Program Stats


How To Apply

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Number Of Interns

101 or more


Featured Rankings

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3.00 - 3.49

About the Program

An internship at Northwestern Mutual gives you valuable, real-world work experience to prepare you for a career at Northwestern Mutual or elsewhere, while building on your classroom learning. You have flexibility to pursue your studies while actually working, and you will be recognized and rewarded for your hard work both financially and through development opportunities. While you are able to run your own financial-advising practice as an intern, you won’t be alone. Training, mentors and rol...

About the Company

Founded in 1857, Northwestern Mutual was originally known as the Mutual Life Insurance Company of the State of Wisconsin. The company exclusively sold life insurance policies up until 1969, when it began offering disability insurance. It added retirement annuities and long-term care insurance in the late 1970s and 1990s, respectively. In 2000, the company changed its name to the more familiar Northwestern Mutual. Its corporate headquarters is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Intern Reviews

  • “As an intern, I was building my own financial planning practice while leveraging expertise within my office and around the country. The internship allowed me to determine if financial services was the right career path for me. I was prospecting to identify potential clients and new markets, calling to set up meetings, uncovering goals for individuals and business owners, building financial plans, and servicing their needs as we continued to build a relationship.”
  • “Great Experience. Got to sit down with people from around the nation to learn more about their situation, family, and goals. Walked them through a customized financial planning piece that would help them become more aligned with their goals or bridge any gaps in their current planning. Helped families, businesses, etc., with just getting started, business planning, retirement, kids’ college planning, etc.”
  • “Attending development meetings and business building coaching sessions, reaching out to prospective clients to schedule introductory meetings, building financial plans alongside experienced advisors, participating in plan presentation meetings, and assisting existing clients.”
  • “I got a taste for what running a financial advising practice actually looks like. I wasn’t running to get coffee but was doing day-to-day work that I’d be doing if this was my career. It was impactful, meaningful work and an overall great learning experience.”

Why Intern Here

Maximize your return on ambition

A financial representative internship at Northwestern Mutual is more than a foot in the door: it’s an opportunity for you to get meaningful mentorship and opportunities to make work truly rewarding—no matter how you define it. You get the flexibility to pursue your studies, while still getting valuable, real-world experience to prepare you for your career. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also be recognized and rewarded for your hard work with access to stronger networks, immediate career opportunities, and exceptional income potential.

  • You’ll be part of the network team located in offices nationwide, working side-by-side with financial representatives and professional office staff
  • Meet with clients to understand their needs and goals, make recommendations for appropriate insurance and investment products and provide ongoing client service
  • Earn stipend(s) and commissions

The only thing standing between you and the skills you need for a successful career––is a conversation.

Getting Hired Here

  • “The hiring process allows for the candidate to evaluate the opportunity every step of the way. The first conversation I had with my recruiter was great. I got to learn about the role, and she got to know me as a student. The second step was an informational presentation that walked me through company culture, leadership opportunities, day-to-day responsibilities, and compensation. The final step was a one-on-one meeting with a member of leadership where I got to ask any lingering questions. From there I was offered and accepted the position.”
  • “It is a very in-depth interview process, but it prepared me for the program and set expectations early. They asked good questions that can make you tell if you belong on this path or not.”
  • “The hiring and interview process was incredibly thorough, including a minimum of three to four interviews. The process has to be very selective because of the level of difficulty and responsibility associated with this internship. Throughout the process, I was asked to complete a personality test in addition to mock-work to see if I would be a good fit.”