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Nichols Duo Beat out Big Schools for Internships

Update May 14, 2013: Widdison and Ross Hired for Jobs

2013 Grads Emily Widdison and Taylor Ross have both been hired for jobs in the financial services and insurance industry.

As a result of her internship at The Hartford Group during the summer of 2012, Emily Widdison has been hired for their Financial Leadership Program. Taylor Ross has accepted a job as a Jr. Analyst with Aetna in Hartford to begin full-time upon graduation and is currently working there part-time.

Nichols Students Beat out Big Schools for Internships

This summer, Nichols students Emily Widdison and Taylor Ross will embark on a twelve-week paid summer internship program at the Hartford Financial Services Group. The two beat out 100 candidates from larger business schools for the opportunity. Of the applicants for the coveted positions, only 12 were chosen.

In the past few years, The Hartford, a provider of insurance and wealth management services for millions of consumers and businesses worldwide, has focused its internship recruiting efforts primarily on other business schools in New England. For the first time in the spring of 2012, Nichols students were interviewed for the program.

Ross ‘13, a dual finance and economics major, first visited The Hartford as part of a Nichols Investment Club field trip. “It’s a great financial services company, and it has a great internship program,” Ross says. He notes that Nichols prepared him for the interview process by helping him with his resume and cover letter.

“Having accessible advisors and faculty members was also invaluable,” Ross adds. He will intern in the specialty commercial department at The Hartford.

Widdison ’13, an accounting and finance major, learned about the internship from her accounting professor. “The accounting and finance aspects appealed to me. I wanted to get experience on the finance side of things, to see if it is a good fit,” she says. Widdison will be working on the external financial statement reporting for the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) during her internship.

The goal of the internship program is to provide high potential students with a robust and challenging work and learning experience so that the company can then recruit from this pool of interns into full-time positions upon graduation, says Marissa Crean, Director of the Hartford’s Financial Leadership Development Program.

From an interview perspective, Crean says that Nichols students were competitive. “They fit our model of what we are looking for. I look for their sense of intellectual curiosity and strong grades, leadership roles on campus, and a solid work ethic,’” she adds.

Will Crean interview Nichols students again next year? To this question she answers a resounding, “Yes.”