Southeast Students Intern with Northwestern Mutual


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 30, 2015 – Four Southeast Missouri State University students are gaining tools and resources to achieve success after graduation as interns at Northwestern Mutual.

Brent Goforth, a finance major from Anna, Illinois; William Montgomery, a biology major with an option in biomedical sciences from Wildwood, Missouri; and Elijah Roberts, a marketing major, sales management option, from Jefferson City, Missouri; are currently interning at Northwestern Mutual’s Clayton, Missouri, offices.

In addition, Brayton “Gus” Klaus, a finance major from Jackson, Missouri, interned with Northwestern Mutual before graduating in May of this year and currently works full-time for the financial services company.

Northwestern Mutual’s internship program was named by Vault the #1 internship for students seeking careers in the financial services industry and ranks #5 overall across all industries on Vault’s Top Ten Internships for 2016.

“A Northwestern Mutual internship isn’t just a box a student checks before they graduate,” said Michael Van Grinsven, Northwestern Mutual’s field internship director. “Rather, it’s viewed as an opportunity to build relationships with clients and receive hands-on training and mentoring from some of the best financial planning professionals in the industry, all of which is designed for them to hit the ground running post-graduation.”

Since 1967, more than 48,000 students have participated in the program, and according to Van Grinsven, 98 percent of the company’s intern alumni said they found the program was instrumental or very helpful to their future careers – whether in the financial services industry, sales or other business endeavor.