Gannon Thute is a senior, Business Management Major and interned with Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance this past summer.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:
I was able to get this internship after going to the Career Fair held in the Spring semester. I went to the Ameriprise booth on a whim and ended up speaking with an employee/recruiter who had graduated from UA a few years prior. It was an immediate connection and something that resulted in a favorable first impression with the company. Through subsequent interviews I was able to land the internship, but I think this initial connection at the Career Fair had a lot to do with it.
What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?
Working with great people. This past summer, I have come to realize the importance of working well with coworkers. Doing so provides a nice complement to your actual job. Not every moment of every day is great, and when you have people who can support you and help you deal with stressful situations, it makes things that much more enjoyable. 40 hours a week continuously is a significant amount of time. May as well work toward building positive relationships with those around you to help make your work a pleasant experience instead of an arduous grind.
What are some things you have learned?
The two biggest things I’ve learned this summer are the value of having an open mind and the general importance of experience. A year ago, I never could have pictured taking an internship with an Auto Insurance company such as Ameriprise. However, keeping that open mind allowed me to not only have a great internship, but also learn the relevant trade of the insurance industry. This experience was beneficial in that it provided hands-on customer service interaction, something that I want to base my career around. While this internship wasn’t on my radar initially, possessing that open mind allowed me to be successful and learn relevant knowledge that will only be beneficial to my future endeavors.
What advice you have for other interns?
While looking for internships, the biggest thing I would recommend is keeping an open mind. I thought that if I wanted my ideal career I would have to follow a specifically set path. As it turns out after this internship in a different industry than one of my previous familiarity, I feel that I have gained a more diverse skill set that will be ideal in my full-time job search moving forward. Put simply: don’t limit yourself and keep your options open. You may be surprised as to the great opportunities out there which can further your development as a professional.