From developing new skills to adding to their networks, our 2018 summer interns are fitting a lot into their 11- week program.
The 2018 Internship Program began on May 29 with 22 interns joining Pekin Insurance for the summer! Our interns have traveled from near and far to join our team, ranging from students attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, to Southeast Missouri State University and Cornell College. Each one is looking forward to gaining real life work experience in the areas of Human Resources, Accounting, Information Technology, P&C Claim, Personal Lines Underwriting, Commercial Lines Underwriting, Enterprise Security, and P&C Actuarial.
So why would interns choose to gain experience from a mid-size insurance company in Central Illinois? We offer an 11-week program that is just as competitive and robust as some of our larger competitors! Plus, they are given the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations, network with leadership, participate in social activities with their fellow interns, and partake in professional development courses!
Interns will have the opportunity to choose an organization that they would like to volunteer with for an afternoon. This year, Pekin Insurance is partnering with the John Evans Supportive Living Facility, Pekin Public Library, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin in an effort to give back to the community. Some of the volunteering activities may consist of gardening and landscaping, playing games and visiting with the elderly, participating in the Summer Fun Program with local youth, and many more!
In previous summers, we have partnered with the Pekin Park District’s Soldwedel Park, Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS), as well as the HOPE Chest, which is a local non-profit organization whose primary mission is to help other people excel.
Networking With Leaders
Our interns are given real life work experience in various departments throughout the company. Due to the nature of their work and the requirements we have in our program, we encourage our managers to invite their interns to meetings with Directors and Vice Presidents. This allows our interns to learn how to interact with different levels of the organization. They may even get the opportunity to hold a presentation in front of our senior leadership team!
In addition to the “work” side of “networking,” we also like to have some fun with our interns! Members of our leadership team joined the group for lunch to kick off our summer program, and we also enjoyed a fun game of trivia to break up the day. In addition to other events that are held, we host an “End of Summer Mixer” for the interns, their managers, and leadership to attend to close out a great summer program. We even offer a scholarship and will announce the recipient at this event.
Engaging with leadership isn’t the only way we have fun with our interns! The program offers a variety of activities for them to connect with each other and build lasting relationships. Interns receive free tickets to a Peoria Chiefs game where they are able to let loose and have a little fun. We have also done a variety of other fun events in the past, such as bowling nights, laser tag, and going to Elevate Trampoline Park.
After hosting nights out at Buffalo Wild Wings and Avanti’s Restaurant in the past, this year we are taking interns to a few other local favorites. Interns enjoyed a taco bar at the Fieldhouse Bar & Grill, where they were able to socialize and unwind after the work day. They will also get to swing some golf clubs at Sunset Hills Driving Range followed by a fun evening at Mashie’s Pub & Eatery.
Professional development is important in expanding on our interns’ knowledge and experience for their career fields. Not only are they given significant work for their internship duties, but they are also provided opportunities to expand their skills in other ways.
For the second year in a row, we are offering Real Colors Training to all interns. Real Colors is a fun, interactive training workshop used to identify different personality types and improve communication amongst teams. We also offer a resume building session, past intern panel discussion, and a lunch and learn on technological disrupters in the insurance industry. All of these courses will help them in their careers and with searching for employment in the future—hopefully with us!
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Intern Mixers
For the past two years, we have also partnered with the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) to host an intern mixer for tri-county area college students and interns to learn more about Pekin Insurance. Our interns, along with other area students, are able to learn more about Pekin Insurance and network with interns and leaders, as well as enjoy some fun activities. Our awesome cafeteria caters this event for us and provides many delicious treats for everyone to enjoy.
So who are the interns that are participating in our program this year? Check out their photos above!
We are excited to host this fantastic group of interns for our 2018 program! If you are a current college student in need of an internship, watch our website beginning in September where all of our internships will be posted. You may apply online at www.pekininsurance.com/careers.