My Summer Internship: Jillian Corbett | Lerner
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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

By Imani Gibbs September 12, 2021

Each summer, students from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics gain valuable professional-level exposure through internships. This year, young scholars were able to traverse the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic by pursuing an array of internships, externships and other professional development opportunities. Each profile of this series will detail a Lerner student’s experiences working on business-oriented projects.

Jillian Corbett, Class of 2023 finance major with minors in economics and business analytics, spent her summer as an underwriting intern at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty.

Lerner: How did you find out about this internship? Why did you choose it?

Corbett: I found it through a networking connection who was actually a UD alumnus! I chose Allianz because it is a global corporation that provided me with a diverse itinerary of activities and meetings daily.

Lerner: Did the coronavirus pandemic impact your internship search and working experience? If so, how?

Corbett: COVID-19 made it more difficult to network in person but ultimately a virtual environment was also effective for networking and my internship search.

Lerner: What did you learn from this internship that you think you would not have learned elsewhere?

Corbett: Working in insurance is so unique because insurance is everywhere. Through this internship, I have been able to look at world and day-to-day scenarios differently because I can look at them through the eyes of insurance.

Lerner: What is the most exciting task or project that you have done or are currently doing in your role?

Corbett: Throughout the internship, I learned about mid-corporate insurance and the risk associated with property, general liability, auto and workers compensation policies and how underwriters assess this risk.

Lerner: What is an example of a time where you were able to apply what you’ve learned at Lerner to your role?

Corbett: At Lerner, I have learned so much that helped me with my job. Presentation skills, analytical skills and many soft skills as well.

Lerner: How do you think this internship will aid you with your professional goals?

Corbett: This internship provided me with an amazing corporate experience and I will never forget it. It helped me develop into my professional self.

Lerner: What are your plans or next steps in your career once your internship is over?

Corbett: I am waiting to hear back from a few different companies for an internship next summer!