Daniel Foos is majoring in Finance and he is graduating in 2018. This summer, he interned at Aetna as their Finance Summer Associate in Hartford, CT. For this internship, housing was provided by the company in downtown Hartford.
How did you land this internship? I did a great deal of networking, especially throughout all of the Eller career showcases. I sent my resume in to Aetna through Wildcat Joblink. What I think landed me the job was showing up to the info session an hour early wearing a suit, and I was able to speak with my interviewer and get to know her and for her to get to know me before I even had my interview.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part was moving all the way to Connecticut for a summer and living in an apartment with about 100 other Aetna interns. I made so many friends and was able to visit some pretty cool cities as well.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it. During my summer experience I completed two huge projects. The first one was known as Capstone and Aetna would split the intern class (of all majors) in to teams and we worked with our teams throughout the entire summer to fix an issue that one of Aetna’s companies was dealing with. We then presented our project that was live streamed, so every Aetna employee can watch. The second one was within Finance, and I completed the books for 4 brand new entities that Aetna owns now.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship? One thing that Aetna really looked for was personable interns. If you want to work for a company as big as Aetna, you cannot be scared to network with higher-ups. I was sitting in numerous senior directors’ offices and I even met the CFO of the company. Many interns were very intimidated, but just realize that these higher-ups had to come from somewhere.