Northwestern Mutual - A Top 10 Internship Program

If you have an entreprenuerial 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.


Who We Are...

  • BusinessWeek magazine:  "Best Places to Launch a Career", September 2009
  • Top Ten Internship for 20 straight years - Vault Guide to Internships, 2016 edition
  • Training magazine:  "Training Top 125", February 2010
What happens during an internship with Northwestern Mutual?

The Internship Opportunity
The ambition of the Northwestern Mutual Internship program has been less to sell our financial products than to develop people. As a Financial Representative College Intern, you will enjoy the benefit of working with Northwestern Mutual in Hawaii where you'll receive outstanding guidance, superior support and quality expertise.

As full-time college students, interns generally work 15 to 20 hours per week developing business and client-building skills. In most ways, our interns follow the same process for establishing their careers as our Financial Representatives. Our internship offers you invaluable business experience that you will take with you far into your career. But that's just the start of the impact this can have on your future and your present. Consider these benefits:

  • Practical guidance in your career selection process
  • The chance to develop your networking and business relationship skills
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Securities license, state licenses for life, health and accident insurance opportunities
  • Compensation in the same manner as a full-time Financial Representative
  • Actual business experience for your resume
  • Test drive the Financial Representative career

Regardless of what you do after graduation, you'll have a foundation of skills and knowledge to build your career upon. One out of three former interns become a full-time Financial Representative upon graduation. These graduates have built a solid foundation for immediate and future career success.

The two-thirds who choose other career paths benefit as well. They launch their career with stronger business-building skills and a clearer sense of where they want their career to take them.

After completing the internship, the knowledge you have gained, coupled with the opportunity to work for Northwestern Mutual in Hawaii as a full-time Financial Representative, can lead you to a profitable and fulfilling future.

Campus Affiliations
Northwestern Mutual in Hawaii recruits and actively participates in many career centers at various colleges and universities. If you'd like more information about an internship with Northwestern Mutual Hawaii, please contact Jessica Katinszky. 

Jessica Katinszky



Born and raised in Honolulu, Jessica moved to Southern California and earned her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) in Foods and Nutrition and Business Management.

Her freshman year, Jessica began working with a start-up food and beverage company, which evolved into an incredible 6-year opportunity learning about the food service industry and management. Her work experience, combined with her academic studies, developed her understanding of the relationship between management and employees and inter-employee relationships.

After returning to Oahu, Jessica is fortunate to have the relationships, culture and active lifestyle the island offers. In her free time she loves to practice yoga, run, and spend time with friends and family.


Mark Leong

College Unit Director 





Mark Leong began his career with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2011. He jumpstarted his career by earning the Power of 10 award during his internship and never looked back.  He quickly discovered why Northwestern Mutual was named as having one of America’s “Top 10 Internships” sixteen consecutive times since 1997 according to Vault Magazine 2012 (formerly the Princeton Review).

Mark graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Mark. In his first year full-time with Northwestern Mutual, Mark earned the Bronze award, which is given to representatives in their first year for successful business growth.

In 2014, Mark accepted the offer to join the office Leadership Team as the College Unit Director.  As the College Unit Director, Mark helps recruit, teach, and coach the college interns year round.  He has a passion for helping the interns grow and realize their true potential because he himself got his business started in the internship.


Kai Tirrell

College Unit Director 





Kai (Kaiana) Tirrell grew up in Olomana on the windward side of O’ahu. He is a Kamehameha ’04 graduate and went on to earn his Bachelors in Business Administration from University of San Diego (USD). He remains connected to the USD community in Honolulu as the Vice President of the USD Alumni Association.

In San Diego, Kai first joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2012.After graduation, Kai started a career with State Farm Insurance. After gaining experience he decided to return to Northwestern Mutual to offer a comprehensive approach to financial planning.

In 2014 Kai moved back home to Hawaii. He continues business throughout California, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado and Arizona. He is committed to servicing his clients throughout the country. He is humbled by the opportunity to connect and work with community in Hawaii.

Kai is proud to be a College Unit Director on the Leadership Team at Northwestern Mutual Hawaii. Through this position he is able to facilitate a positive experience for interns to explore their capability and success in the financial services industry.


Career Changers

Changing careers doesn't have to be daunting. Coming from many different backgrounds and occupations, our financial representatives go on to develop successful business practices. With support from a quality organization, it can be an easy transition.

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#1 in the Financial Services Industry

- Selling Power's "50 Best Companies to Sell for Now." October 2016

Top Ten Internship for 21 Straight Years

- Vault Guide to Internships, 2017 edition

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