Each year as the spring semester at Wake Forest comes to an end, everyone wants to know what students plan to do over the summer.
After my sophomore year, I was excited to tell people that I was interning for an insurance company, even though I had little idea about what the the job entailed. In less than a week of working at JKJ, my expectations for my summer internship were surpassed. I quickly learned that first off, Johnson Kendall & Johnson was much more than simply an “insurance company”. Yes, they handle personal insurance, but additionally JKJ is a commercial insurance broker, handling employee benefits, risk management, financial services, along with retirement services.
I was placed in the JKJ Benefits department, specifically working with the Health Matters coordinators. Initially, I had never envisioned that working for an insurance company would be so interesting. Many of the assignments I worked on focused on health and wellness and required creativity while educating me about the insurance industry. My favorite project was designing a JKJ booth for the Philadelphia Eagles Health and Safety Day that included an activity for kids, information about skin cancer awareness, healthy prizes, and frozen yogurt samples.
When JKJ asked me to return the following summer, I was excited to again intern for the company. This summer, I have had the opportunity to further expand my knowledge by creating newsletters and posters about relevant health topics and events. I also have attended employee health fairs and screenings at several of our client’s locations. Throughout my time at JKJ, everyone I have worked with has been very supportive and helpful. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere makes coming to work enjoyable and has greatly facilitated the learning process. I feel extremely grateful that my first internship experience was such a positive one and that I have been introduced to an industry that I find very interesting. Thanks to everyone at JKJ for another fantastic summer!
Author: Melissa Remmey