As a junior in college at Davenport University, I knew that I needed to try and land a summer internship. Where? Previously, I had planned to attend Michigan State University after Lansing Community College for their education program. Things changed, and now I sat scrolling through pages of potential internships for someone works on the Bachelor of Business Administration. Never did the words “insurance industry” come to mind. Yet, as I scrolled, Auto-Owners Insurance Company continued to slide onto the radar. In a leap of faith, I sent a resume and cover letter to the human resources department and waited.
A few weeks later, I was called in for a stage one interview, then a stage two, and then an offer. Little did I know what embarking on an internship with a company the size of Auto-Owners that was nearly right in my very own backyard would mean. It meant volunteer information and opportunities, chances to donate to charities, talks from speakers that are waist deep in community contribution. Landing my feet in the door at Auto-Owners also re-opened my eyes to what it meant to be a citizen of Lansing, Michigan.
When you live somewhere for your whole life, it’s easy to get complacent and forget how great it is in mid-Michigan. It’s a portion of the state that doesn’t quite get the recognition it deserves. It’s not the natural, lush lakes and woods of northern Michigan, it’s not the bleeding heart of Detroit, and it’s not the bustling highways of Grand Rapids. Lansing is its very own vibrant, electric city. Beer and music festivals, baseball games, soccer games (go Lansing Ignite!), lively breweries, beautiful walking trails, rivers for kayaking and fishing, the zoo, and the capitol building. Quite nearly, it’s impossible to be bored.
That’s not even to mention the opportunities for work. As noted before, the words “insurance industry” don’t exactly come to mind for many young people who may be wanting to live and work in the capital area. However, the industry is full of career paths that can be taken, and there’s something for nearly everyone. Once I was in Auto-Owners, I realized how many potential careers I could have, all with the same company. It’s been a dream come true to work somewhere that provides opportunity to grow, as well as benefits me the chance to continue to keep exploring and growing with the Lansing community that only seems to keep getting bigger and better.
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