Northwestern Mutual - A Top 10 Internship Program*

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, want real-world business experience and are looking to make a difference, then an internship with Northwestern Mutual is right for you. Our internship has been highly rated due to its mentorship and career advancement opportunities, intern involvement, resume enhancement and unique appeal. But that’s just the beginning, other benefits include:

  • Practical guidance in your career selection process
  • The chance to develop networking and business relationship skills with the help of a mentor
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Securities registration and state licenses for life,
  • health and accident insurance
  • Compensation in the same manner as a full-time financial representative
  • An opportunity to try out or get a head start on a career as a financial representative

One out of three former interns becomes a full-time financial representative following graduation. Our internship will give you a solid foundation of business-building skills and knowledge for immediate and future career success. The confidence you develop, coupled with the insight you have gained as a financial representative intern, can put you on the path toward a potentially profitable and fulfilling future.

* Vault Guide to Top Internships, 2017 edition

An Opportunity for Personal and Professional Development

Internships are about personal and professional development. They are meant to enhance your college education with real-life business experience that can help further your career. A Northwestern Mutual Internship is demanding yet rewarding. Your local Network office provides the tools, resources, and training necessary to help you discover and build your markets to develop a successful practice as a financial representative intern.

As full-time college students, interns in the Network generally work 15 to 20 hours per week developing business- and client-building skills. In most aspects, our interns follow the same process for establishing their careers as our financial representatives by:

  • Meeting with clients

  • Analyzing clients’ situations

  • Making recommendations

Our internship program is more about developing people than selling products. You will learn what it takes to be successful while sharpening your skills in communications and marketing to help build personal and professional self-confidence. You will also discover the rewards that come from helping others as you bring a full-service approach to your clients’ needs and provide guidance and solutions that will have a positive impact on families and businesses for years to come. Learn more about our internship program by watching the video, 'A Day in the Life' to further explore the challenging, real-world opportunity to experience a career in financial services.


Meet our Downtown Pittsburgh Internship Team:

Maxwell Cahn, CFP®

College Unit Director
Office 412-288-2351

My Networks: LinkedIn

Max grew up in Nyack, NY and attended Nyack High School. His mother, Joan, and father, Dan, now live in Florida and South Carolina and he has a younger brother, Ben, who graduated from the College of Charleston. Spending time with family is extremely important to Max, whether it be on family vacations, golfing trips, or throughout the holidays.  Max graduated from Robert Morris University, with a degree in Business Management.  In his four years there he was a member of the Men’s NCAA golf team, as well as the Ski Club, Investment Club, and Hillel. 

Max also participated in the Northwestern Mutual Internship Program during his Senior Year, and then transitioned into the role as a full time Advisor in 2012.  Max Cahn is currently a College Unit Director for the Pittsburgh Network Office.  He is responsible for developing and leading a team of College Financial Representatives while building and creating enduring relationships with both his team and the local universities in our area.  As a College Unit Director, Max focuses on understanding the personal vision of the representatives on his team.  He then supports them in growing the skills necessary to build an integrated planning practice and make their visions a reality.

Max currently resides in Pittsburgh and enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and attending various sporting events. He hopes in all circumstances to be an inspiration to those he works with and for.

Michael Patrick Neurohr

College Unit Director
Office 412-288-2321

My Networks: LinkedIn

Mike grew up in Wexford, PA, attending North Allegheny High School.Mike Neurohr graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Sports Marketing.  while at Duquense, Mike began his career with Northwestern Mutual through the College Financial Representative Program.  As a Financial Advisor, Mike strives to truly understand his clients and to build meaningful relationships with them.  Mike using his extensive knowledge to enable his clients to have a lifetime of financial security.  Mike works with a unique client base, and specializes in creating financial plans a variety of different professionals across many industries. 

As well as working directly with his clients, Mike Neurohr is a College Unit Director for the Pittsburgh Network Office.  He is responsible for developing and leading a team of College Financial Representatives while building and creating enduring relationships with both his team and the local universities in our area.  As a College Unit Director, Mike focuses on understanding the personal vision of the representatives on his team.  He then supports them in growing the skills necessary to build an integrated planning practice and make their visions a reality. 

Ashley M. Chavez

Assistant Director of Campus Recruitment
Office 412-281-5540

Ashley joined Northwestern Mutual in January 2014 as a member of the Recruiting Team. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. She continued her studies at Carlow University, where she received her Master’s in Business Administration. As the Assistant Director of Campus Recruitment and Development, Ashley focuses on the training and development systems for the internship program.


Kaitlyn A. Maurer

Campus Recruiter
Office 412-288-2650

Kaitlyn started with Northwestern Mutual in 2014 as a Marketing Intern in Greenville, SC. Upon graduation from Clemson University where Kaitlyn earned a Degree in Marketing, she joined the Greenville, SC Northwestern Mutual office full-time as the Marketing Coordinator. In 2016, she returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and joined Northwestern Mutual’s Planning Department where she trained and assisted new Financial Representatives with their business. Kaitlyn now serves as the Campus Recruiter where she selects and interviews candidates for the internship program. She is very involved with campuses in the area and assists with training in the internship program, while also holding her Life, Accident, and Health license. Kaitlyn loves baking and spending time with friends and family.


What Our Interns Are Saying:

"As an intern here with Northwestern Mutual, I was able to gain valuable hands-on experience from some of the best financial professionals in our industry.  I enjoyed working alongside seasoned, experienced financial advisors and learning vastly different approaches to securing business. I also learned very valuable skills like conducting professional business correspondence, making a professional phone call, running a real business meeting, and ultimately the true power of comprehensive financial planning.  I never had a question go unanswered, my mentors always had their doors open to me, and everyone was eager to help me succeed no matter what that meant for them.  There is nowhere else in the industry to get this sort of hands-on experience, training, and education, from the best professionals our industry has to offer - and for that I am incredibly thankful for the downtown Pittsburgh internship team." - Adam Kaczmarek, University of Pittsburgh '19: Finance Major

Learn more about how the Financial Representative Internship can be a stepping stone to your career:


 Peggy Ann McCarthy Havenar

Peggy Ann McCarthy Havenar, CLU®

Chief Development Officer
Office 412-288-2324

My Networks: LinkedIn

Peggy is currently our Chief Development Officer, harboring responsibilities for the Core Four with an emphasis on recruitment and development.


As a financial representative intern, you'll get real-world job experience as you discover a career with flexibility and rewards.

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