Our interns fit a lot into their 11-week program, including networking opportunities, professional development, and social activities.
The 2019 internship program at Pekin Insurance began on May 28. Our 18 interns will spend the summer 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.
Pekin Insurance offers an 11-week program that is just as competitive and immersive as other major companies. Our summer program allows interns to participate in a variety of activities, including volunteer work, social gatherings, and professional development courses.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the features the program offers.
Our interns get the opportunity to work together, contribute to the community, and have some fun! This year, our interns can choose to volunteer at the Pekin Park District or the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin. In the past, interns have volunteered at places like Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS), Pekin Park District’s Soldwedel Park, and the HOPE Chest, which is a local non-profit organization whose primary mission is to help other people excel.
Networking With Leaders
Our managers are encouraged to invite their interns to meetings with directors and vice presidents. This gives interns the opportunity to interact with employees at different levels of the organization.
We also host an intern kickoff event and an “End of Summer Mixer” for our interns, their managers, and leadership to close out the summer program. We award a scholarship and announce the recipient at this event!
We provide several training activities and opportunities to help interns expand their professional development. We hold an intern panel where previous Pekin Insurance interns discuss their transition from college to full-time employment.
Interns are also invited to an Introduction to Insurance course to learn more about the industry they will spend the summer working in. Other events include a Lunch & Learn hosted by our Chief Information Officer and a Build Your Brand session where interns discover tips and tricks to help further prepare them for the workplace.
In the past, we have offered resume building sessions, discussions on LinkedIn tips and tricks, and a benefits education course. All courses and events are designed to help interns learn more about the industry and future employment.
We offer a variety of social activities that allow our interns to get together outside of the office. This summer, they can enjoy complimentary tickets to a Peoria Chiefs baseball game for a fun night out. There is also a National Intern Day Social Outing that recognizes all accomplishments throughout the summer, with the location decided by the interns themselves.
In previous years, interns have gone bowling, played laser tag, and participated in games at the Home Office.
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Intern Mixers
For several years, Pekin Insurance has partnered with the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) to host an intern mixer for tri-county area college students and interns. This event gives students an opportunity to learn more about Pekin Insurance, network with other leaders and students, and enjoy fun activities together.
This event is part of a series of other intern mixers coordinated by the GPEDC in Central Illinois. Mixers are hosted at different sites throughout the Peoria area.
Check out our great group of 2019 interns in the photo above!