Name: Lauren Hague
Major: Industrial Technology - Occupational Safety Option
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Company/Organization: Allied Insurance
Location: IA, IL, WI, MI
Describe your internship responsibilities:
My job duties included learning the various programs used by the company, conducting safety surveys for insureds, and completing special projects. The first week was spent in the Des Moines regional office learning the many technical programs required in this career. After that, I job-shadowed seven different representatives in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. One representative provided me the opportunity to review a business' emergency action plan, make recommendations, and present them to management. When I felt comfortable enough to work alone, I was allowed to plan and conduct my own surveys and write reports on my findings. The special project I worked on required me to visit over 20 different Arby's in Illinois and Wisconsin.
What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I enjoyed the freedom to set my own schedule. After shadowing various loss control representatives I was assigned my own projects and how I managed them was up to me. The car and gas card they provided me with for my job wasn't bad either!
How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
I have definitely set my eyes on a future with Allied. I had a great experience with the managers, other reps, and overall I was very comfortable within this type of environment. Allied insures many different businesses and the opportunity to practice my safety skills in various industries would make me more desirable to employers in the future.
What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I utilized numerous resources throughout campus. A past graduate sent us the information, I went to a resume writing workshop, and had a chance to practice interview techniques with industry leaders at the student safety conference I attended.
What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
Practice time management. The general consensus among loss control reps is that it takes a special person to be able to manage the work that they are assigned. Also, don't get pigeon-holed into thinking you only want to work in a certain industry. The safety profession requires a wide knowledge base.