Summer internships prepare students for successful careers after graduation
Nationwide added more than 300 interns to the workforce in June for a 12-week summer internship program. The summer internship program can lead to a years-long career with Nationwide during college and after graduation.
Kate Rarick is a full-time employee in Commercial Lines now but started as an intern more than 14 years ago. In 2008, Kate moved to Des Moines, Iowa, for her summer internship and worked in personal lines underwriting. When asked what advice she’d give to interns going through the program, she said, “Speak up, provide value, network, keep track of your accomplishments and don’t take the opportunity for granted.”
Learn about these seven interns and what they’re working on this summer.
Angelica Kusnowo, Small Commercial Underwriting
I moved to New York City after high school graduation, but I’m originally from Chino Hills, Calif. I have a passion for finance and the insurance industry. In fact, I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance at St. John’s University, and I play on the golf team. I’m looking forward to learning more about small commercial underwriting and commercial insurance over the summer.
Kaitlin Cochran, Digital Workplace Technology, Nationwide Technology
I’m thankful and excited to start my third internship with Nationwide working with digital workplace technology team. My past intern roles included work with marketing and communication solutions to help rewrite internal search engines. I’m a senior at Kent State University, studying computer science with a minor in web design and development. At school, I’m a leader in HacKSU, a club that teaches coding and computer skills to any Kent State student regardless of discipline or major. I enjoy learning about cooking, playing video games and reading about emerging technology. My hobbies include cross stitch and nail polish. I look forward to learning more about Nationwide.
Mya Jones-Whitehead, Innovation
I’ve loved my internship experience so far. I immediately started working on projects to improve Nationwide’s innovative products and digital communication technologies. The culture and opportunity to learn and grow attracted me to the internship program. I’m originally from Richmond, VA and I’m a senior at Norfolk State University studying electrical engineering. I’m the president of the Society of Women Engineers. We provide a safe space to women in engineering to develop socially, professional and personally. I look forward learning more and keeping in contact with everyone I’ve met so far.
Jesus Santana, Corporate Communications
I’m on the Corporate Communications team this summer and I’m excited to learn how communications and marketing bring value to a company. I’m originally from New Jersey and I attend Rutgers University and I’m studying marketing with a concentration in entrepreneurship. I’m also a representative of the Office of Diversity programs as a B-STAR alumni, and an active associate of the Marketing Management Society. I love basketball, fitness, traveling and meeting new people. I’m looking forward to everything this experience has left for me!
Gia Globokar, Small Commercial Retention
I am excited to start my position on the sales support team and collaborate with Nationwiders. I study French and finance at Ohio State University. I’m involved in Kappa Gamma social sorority and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and I serve as a business senator for student government. Personally, I love learning about financial wellness, language and culture, cooking, fashion and self-care. I look forward to making an impact on the retention team.
Levi Knapp, Nationwide Business Solutions Group, Nationwide Financial
I grew up in Centerburg, Ohio, where I took up an interest in financial services. I’m a junior at The Ohio State University and studying finance. I’m interning with the business solutions group in Nationwide’s financial services business. I’ve also interned in controllership. Outside of work and school, I’m an avid lover of ultimate frisbee and disc golf and enjoy playing the guitar. I am thrilled to be interning this summer, and I am excited for what’s in store.
Daniel Seely, Data Governance, Finance
I’m from Columbus, Ohio and I’m a senior at Dennison University, where I recently served as student body president. I’m completing my summer internship with controllership in the Data Governance team. I’m making meaningful impacts to the Finance organization by building automation tools for our monthly processes. I’m also learning how to prepare myself for success in an increasingly digital workforce. Outside or work and school, I enjoy playing in a bluegrass band, scratch cooking and volunteering with the Young Life ministry. I’m happy to be at Nationwide and look forward to the rest of my internship.