State Farm Internships

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Meet new people and cultivate lasting relationships.

Our interns are a welcome and integral part of our team. Every intern is assigned a personal mentor who will help guide you through the program, and every intern has a chance to contribute to State Farm’s success.

Advice And Guidance From Real Interns

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Jeanette | Learning & Development

Major: Technology

School: Illinois State University

Hometown: Calumet City, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The best thing about the internship is the flexibility in my everyday schedule and hours.

Greatest memory of the internship program: My greatest memory from this internship was the talent show at the Learning and Development Summer Department Meeting.

Biggest challenge for you: I found myself challenged when asked to meet with several different individuals from various departments and leadership levels. I had to learn to adapt to various conversation styles from one person to the next and ensure we both left the meeting feeling more informed. The smaller nuances to this challenge were figuring out scheduling conflicts, particularly with executive leaders, shuttle routes, and even location of buildings.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: The most surprising thing I learned was finding that there is an employee that has been with the company for 55 years.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Always remember your experience is what you make of it. Though you may have a lot of structure and it seems as if everything is laid out for you, always find that way to add "you" into the projects given to you.

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Jenna | Financial Operations & Compliance

Major: Accountantcy

School: University of Illinois

Hometown: Streator, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The real work experience. I interned in Financial Operations & Compliance and I was able to work on financial statements, variance reports, and financial forecasts. It was great to be able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to actual situations.

Greatest memory of the internship program: It is hard to pick just one, but I would have to say that attending several meetings with Finance leadership was very inspiring for me. And of course I had a great time on the Six Flags trip!

Biggest challenge for you: My biggest challenge is that I am sometimes afraid to make mistakes. Don't get me wrong, there are times when a person should definitely ask a question, but sometimes it is better to just dive right in and learn for yourself.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: Although I shouldn't have been, I was most surprised about the amount of data that State Farm has to deal with.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!

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Dusty | Life/Health Actuarial

Major: Mathematics

School: Pittsburg State University

Hometown: Fort Scott, Kansas

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The internship at State Farm not only provided me with great experiences but also the opportunity to learn about a great company from fascinating people. State Farm values their employees and gives perks and benefits, e.g. the workweek is 38.75 instead of 40 hours, State Farm Park, and the pension plan. The Bloomington/Normal area has surpassed my expectations as well: I’m from a small town of 8,000…and I still felt at home among the 120,000 in the “big” city.

Greatest memory of the internship program: My greatest memory thus far would be the final touches on my project. I will always remember seeing my project grow from beginning to end but especially when others began to use my project and compliment me about it.

Biggest challenge for you: My biggest challenge was during the beginning of my internship. As a mathematics major, I am used to following textbooks to complete tasks/homework. At State Farm you are given a problem, possibly that has never been “solved.” The decision process and starting the project can be overwhelming. At the same time, completing a project that is yours is a tremendous feat.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: The family atmosphere at work—you feel like you are with family members which makes work much more fun, entertaining, and easier to learn and perform.

One suggestion for incoming interns: My biggest suggestion to future interns is be prepared to think creatively and on your own. Another helpful bit of information is be prepared for a vast number of meetings—it may seem overwhelming but is a great opportunity to learn more about State Farm and the corporate lifestyle.

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Heather | Investments

Major: Finance

School: University of Illinois

Hometown: St. Joseph, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: Just that I was given so much trust and respect. I really wasn't treated like an intern, but more like a full-time employee. Everyone in my department was so nice and always willing to help me when I needed it. I was even able to travel to inspect some of the properties we had written loan recommendations for during my time here. The most exciting opportunity I was given was being able to present in front of Michael Tipsword, the CFO of State Farm.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Any lunch, and the 2nd Annual Fixed Income Golf Outing.

Biggest challenge for you: Staying organized while preparing for my loan reviews, our department is very paper dependant! My cube was very cluttered.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: You can get soft serve in the afternoon!

One suggestion for incoming interns: Take advantage of everything State Farm has to offer, you may be surprised how many benefits and opportunities there are here!

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Jim | Human Resources (ERR)

Major: Psychology

School: University of Notre Dame

Hometown: Chicago, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The people that I got to work with and learn from as well as my project work.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Getting to present a project that I worked on with other HR interns to the HR Executives with deliverables they can actually use.

Biggest challenge for you: Adjusting to a new organization and learning how to become a lead on projects.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: I was surprised by all the cross-country opportunities available within the company and how they really take care of their talent here.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Know what you want to get out of the internship ahead of time but also be willing to go with the flow and take on any projects that might come your way.

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Kayla | Internet & Financial Services Systems

Major: Business Administration

School: Northwestern State

Hometown: Natchitoches, LA

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: This internship gave me the opportunity to see from a corporate perspective what the systems field is like. It helped me to gain a better understanding of what jobs are available and what each of them requires.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Getting to present a project that I worked on with other HR interns to the HR Executives with deliverables they can actually use.

Biggest challenge for you: My biggest challenge was learning to be so far away from home. After a 14-hour drive I knew that home wasn't just a short trip away! But it provided me with the opportunity to meet a lot of new people and forced me to really put myself out there.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: I learned how many opportunities for moving up there are once you're inside the company! You could have a thousand career changes and still manage to be within the State Farm Company!

One suggestion for incoming interns: Really put yourself out there; don't hold back! The summer will pass extremely slowly if you sit at home alone all the time. Make as many friends here as you can! Chances are that you'll be seeing them again!

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Ashley | Agency Solution Center

Major: Math And Computer Science

School: Southern Mississippi

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: Working on a project that will be used when I am gone.

Greatest memory of the internship program: The day I finished my program and presented it to the group that is going to use it.

Biggest challenge for you: Learning about three subjects that were essential for my project and getting up early.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: Everyone is extremely nice here and you have some flexibility.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Meet as many people as possible, develop good friendships, and have fun with whatever you do here.

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Dane | State Farm Bank ®

Major: Finance

School: Illinois State University

Hometown: Mt. Zion, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The networking was incredible. I have had the opportunity to job shadow many people and departments all across the enterprise (not just in the bank) and know that they will greatly increase my chances of becoming a full-time State Farm employee after college. The managers are really flexible and will let interns job shadow whenever the opportunity arises.

Greatest memory of the internship program: My greatest memory was the Founder's Day celebration in the Corporate South Atrium. It was incredible to see everyone wearing their State Farm red shirts. That sea of red showed me how much the employees sincerely enjoy working here. It's not just a job, it really is a lifestyle.

Biggest challenge for you: My biggest challenge was learning how to act in a business setting according to the situation. It took me a while to find that balance between professionalism and still having a good time while I'm at work. I have since learned that technique, and it has really helped me to become a more well-rounded individual.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: Before I was offered a position here, I was not aware that State Farm had a bank. It has been great to learn about their market share, customers, competitive rates, and the products that the bank offers.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Enjoy your time here. If you do your work and enjoy being here, State Farm and its employees will treat you right. This is a great place to intern!

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Lucas | Systems-Property & Casualty

Major: Business Administration

School: University of Illinois

Hometown: Columbia, MO

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: Everyone treated me as a peer starting on day one. I did not feel like an intern.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Job shadow with the Assistant Vice President. This offered an interesting perspective which taught me a lot about the organization.

Biggest challenge for you: Keeping up with conversations about the insurance industry. It is far more complex than I could have imagined.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: While achieving industry leadership, State Farm has managed to maintain a work-life balance environment for employees.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Speak up, ask lots of questions, and challenge everything!

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Dane | Marketing

Major: Marketing

School: Illinois State University

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: The hands-on experience I received working in the marketing department of a Fortune 50 company.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Meeting LeBron James and Dr. Ian Smith at an event in Cleveland, OH.

Biggest challenge for you: To understand I do not have all the answers to every problem. At the beginning of my internship I would rack my brain trying to solve every little problem that arose. I had to learn to take things in stride and truly assess each situation to come up with the best possible outcome.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Extensively study what you will be doing during your internship. Do not try and solve every problem you encounter, instead clearly define your responsibilities and excel at the tasks that you are given. Do not be afraid to ask multiple questions; in fact find a person that you feel comfortable asking ANY question. This will allow your internship to go a lot smoother and you will learn more than you can imagine. Become a sponge and take advantage of every opportunity to be quiet and listen, as a result you will know when to speak up. Good Luck!

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Ben | Creative Services

Major: Communication Studies

School: Azusa Pacific University

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is through questions that you learn the most!"

Best thing about the internship: Making an actual, visible impact on this company by working on important, relevant projects.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Wrapping a project which we (interns) took from conception of idea, through the scriptwriting process, through the film shoot and seeing it completed.

Biggest challenge for you: Trying to take in all the valuable information I could from all the different people I met…there were so many!

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: When you join the State Farm family, that's exactly how you're treated.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Branch out and meet people in other departments that interest you and learn about all the opportunities that State Farm has for you. You're not limited to just one!

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Alex | Auto Underwriting

Major: Marketing

School: Illinois State University

Hometown: Hudson, Il

"Be ready to network, network, network. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to employees, you never know who you could meet."

Best thing about the internship: Being treated the same as a full-time employee while given the chance to meet great people and network.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Long-lasting friendships. Great people work for State Farm – they want to help you in your career, they don’t think "you ask too many questions."

Biggest challenge for you: Building knowledge about insurance - understanding what underwriting, claims, and all departments are and how they come together under one topic of insurance.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: State Farm is a genuine company that treats their employees the same way they treat their customers. It’s a great company from the inside out that has nothing to hide because they have maintained their vision and mission statement since 1922.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Get ready for an awesome internship! Also be ready to network, network, network. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to employees, you never know who you could meet. Also, be sure to keep in touch with those contacts.

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David | Auto Claims Central

Major: Marketing

School: University of Houston

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Get the most out of your time here. The people around you are there to help you learn and enjoy the experience."

Best thing about the internship: Traveling and having the opportunity to interact with employees from departments around the nation.

Greatest memory of the internship program: Competing against my fellow interns on the ropes course and laser tag.

Biggest challenge for you: Keeping up with my summer coursework among the travel and responsibilities of the internship.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: That it’s really a family environment. People are friendly and you can really be yourself and become successful.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Get the most out of your time here. The people around you are there to help you learn and enjoy the experience.

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John | Claims

Major: Business Administration –Concentration in Finance

School: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Rochester NY

"This internship allows you the freedom to pursue the different job shadows and departments that interest you. Use the time to explore everything State Farm has to offer."

Best thing about the internship: The freedom our team of interns was given. We were given an objective and as a team we had the freedom to step into different roles and build on our strengths and interests.

Greatest memory of the internship program: The time spent meeting interns from across the country and presenting our projects at corporate.

Biggest challenge for you: Working almost entirely through video and teleconferencing. While this was the biggest challenge it was also one of the biggest professional developments. In this generation, business is carried out over the phone and through virtual conferencing.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: When people heard I was working for an insurance company they typically think "Oh, you sell insurance?" Now I can explain just how much more this company has to offer.

One suggestion for incoming interns: The tools and opportunities are there, UTILIZE them. This internship allows you the freedom to pursue the different job shadows and departments that interest you. Use the time to explore everything State Farm has to offer.

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Lucia | Personal Lines Underwriting

Major: Legal Studies & Psychology

School: University of California, Berkeley

Hometown: San Jose, CA

"You can really choose your destiny when you are at State Farm."

Best thing about the internship: The mutual respect, trust, and positivity in the office eased any doubts I had about the corporate atmosphere. Everyone I met throughout my internship made me feel like a welcomed member and treated me as an equal.

Greatest memory of the internship program: I enjoyed attending team meetings for a collaborative project I took part in. Everyone always came prepared with interesting research, fresh ideas, and the ultimate goal in mind. Each team member was able to show his or her individuality, creativity, and intellect.

Biggest challenge for you: It is challenging to try and absorb all the information and knowledge around me.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: I never cease to be amazed by the opportunities the company offers. So many employees have been with State Farm for more than 20 years, worked in numerous departments, and lived in various locations. You can really choose your destiny when you are at State Farm.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Don’t be intimidated by State Farm’s corporate image. The wonderful people who make up this organization really make it feel like a family.

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Raymond | Auto Claims Central

Major: Risk Management & Insurance

School: University of North Texas

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

"There is a true love for people within this organization, and you have a chance to take advantage of that as a college intern."

Best thing about the internship: Being able to see the State Farm enterprise as a whole; seeing all the different systems and operations of the company, and the various arms that State Farm has in the market.

Greatest memory of the internship program: There are many to choose from, but one of my greatest memories from the internship was a presentation of our intern project to Department Executives at the Texas and Corporate Zone levels. We were given the opportunity to develop creative and innovative ideas that can help make a difference in State Farm.

Biggest challenge for you: : The biggest challenge I faced this summer was operating in such a large organization, and learning to work with people from all walks of life. There are so many leaders in this great company, and being one myself, I had to learn that in order to be a great leader I had to first learn to follow.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: The many departments there is to work in. State Farm is such a huge enterprise, I knew that claims and agency could not be all State Farm had to offer, but I would have never thought of many different opportunities presented to employees inside this great organization.

One suggestion for incoming interns: Don’t be afraid to get out and meet people, call up some executives. People admire and respect interns here at State Farm, don’t be shy. I was given the opportunity to meet the Texas Zone’s Operations Vice President, because I picked up the phone and introduced myself. There is a true love for people within this organization, and you have a chance to take advantage of that as a college intern.

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Rochelle | Fire Claims Central

Major: Marketing

School: The University of Texas

Hometown: Weatherford, Texas

"This internship will be exactly what you put into it. Try to get involved and see everything that you can."

Best thing about the internship: People here don’t treat you like an intern. You will be working on projects that are relevant to the company and they really want your honest perspective. I really found it refreshing to give my perspective and know that executives would listen and utilize the information I gave them.

Greatest memory of the internship program: The Founder’s Day Celebration at the onset of the summer was fantastic. I got to interact with so many different people in the company away from the traditional office environment.

Biggest challenge for you: : My biggest challenge, was trying to gather all of the information I could from the many different people I met.

Most surprising thing you’ve learned about State Farm: Before the internship, I was really unaware of how many customers State Farm has. After sitting with different departments that interact with customers I soon realized their customer service is unsurpassed. They treat their policyholders fairly and at the end of the day they are able to keep that customer.

One suggestion for incoming interns: This internship will be exactly what you put into it. Try to get involved and see everything that you can. If you are really curious about one aspect of State Farm, ask someone if you can sit in with that department. Once you get to the department, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everyone here is more than willing to help you understand about the company because they want you to excel.