Internship Success Stories 

Intern success stories 

Managing Partner, Managing Director, Field Director, College Unit Director or a specialist – how far can the Northwestern Mutual internship program take you? Hear from former interns about their rewarding experiences.

Juan Baron
Juan Baron, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, Financial Advisor and Managing Director
Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Juan Baron was in a pre-college telemarketing job when he first contacted Northwestern Mutual to sell training videos. Impressed with his style, his contact suggested he apply for the Northwestern Mutual internship. Juan was so impressed with the company he signed on as a client to invest some money he had saved. And after his freshman year in college, Juan started as an intern in the same Northwestern Mutual network office where it all began.
Learn more about Juan Baron’s life..

“…After all the uproar in the financial services industry, I can sleep well at night knowing Northwestern Mutual is going to back up the promises I make to my clients.”

Cristi Stroud
Daphne "Cristi" Stroud, CLU®, CLTC, Chief Development Officer
The Zuzolo Financial Group
West Hartford, CT

Cristi Stroud had finished college and worked in the corporate world for a year before signing on as a Northwestern Mutual intern while an MBA student at Florida International University. She found a great fit for her competitive personality, excelling in a male-dominated field and stepping onto the leadership track. Along the way, while progressing at two more network offices, she realized that wherever you go Northwestern Mutual feels like a family.
See what Cristi likes best about the company.

"This career has allowed me to achieve things that I never could have dreamed about before, and people are happy for you when you achieve them."

Paul Steffen
Paul Steffen, CLU, ChFC, Vice President, Agency
Northwestern Mutual
Milwaukee, WI

Paul Steffen chose to go to Sienna College outside Albany, NY, because it was one of the few places he could get a professional internship, something he craved after working in food service all through high school. At Northwestern Mutual he found what he wanted and more—nearly 30 years later he is still with the company and is its only executive officer who is a former intern.
Follow Paul Steffen’s career path.

“I learned as a very young person that I could lead adults through a process that involved financial planning and risk management and they would listen to me and take action. That was pretty cool as a 21-year-old.”

Alex Swainsbury

Alex Swainsbury, Financial Representative
Northwestern Mutual – Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

Alex Swainsbury moved from England in 2007 on an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma City University, where he is majoring in finance. Joining Northwestern Mutual as an intern after his fourth college semester, he found the perfect outlet for his energy and confidence. Despite a limited network of personal contacts in his new city, Alex became the nation’s top intern producer in 2010. He continues to build his relationships and education, assured that Northwestern Mutual will be his career home for years to come.
Get Alex’s view on what it takes to succeed.

"One thing that really attracted me was the independence that you can have – you are running your own practice with no one telling you what to do."

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