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Landing a Top Finance Internship: Olivia Insisiengmay ’22

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Olivia Insisiengmay ’22 landed her dream internship.

She spent the summer of 2021 as a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual, where she worked with senior-level advisors to help clients reach their money goals. As a business major with a concentration in finance, it was the perfect fit for her own goals.

“In an internship, you’re dealing with real-life situations and connecting to people on a more personal level,” she said. “It’s not only about helping myself and my learning—it’s also helping out people that I care about.”

This connection between classroom learning and real-life situations began years earlier. During Insisiengmay’s first year at Hamline, she completed a mock job interview with a representative of Northwestern. Since then, she’s been growing her professional skills with the help of the School of Business’ Career Mentor Program.

Through the program, Insisiengmay was paired with a mentor in her field, who provided one-on-one coaching on her resume, LinkedIn profile, and interview preparation.

“One of the strongest aspects of my role is networking,” she said. “I think where that really came to me was being in the career mentor program. A lot of that was helping prepare you for not just landing jobs, but also encouraging you to do a lot of networking.

Scholarships & community

Insisiengmay was originally drawn to Hamline in search of a smaller school that encouraged close connections with professors. While two of her cousins also studied at Hamline, she’s the first in her immediate family to attend a four-year college, and she said her Hamline Firsts Award (scholarship for first-generation students), along with an Achievement Scholarship (awarded based on GPA), also played a role in her decision.

“The Achievement Scholarship motivated me to stay on course and continue to do well in all my classes. I’ve made the Dean’s List the past three semesters, and it was exciting to keep pushing myself,” she said.

Insisiengmay’s coursework has grown both her personal and professional skills, from exploring an interest in analytics from her First Year Seminar to discovering that she enjoys working in teams—a surprise given that she wasn’t always a fan of high school group projects.

It hasn’t been all work for Insisiengmay, though. It’s also about building community. One of her first Hamline memories was an on-campus movie night hosted by a professor, where the class watched “Poltergeist” with candy and popcorn around Halloween. The friendliness and openness of the campus community to all is Hamline’s main draw, she said.

“I love how most of the community is really passionate about diversity and inclusion and making sure that everybody feels welcome,” she said.

Written by Anne Kopas
August 24, 2021