Strategic Communications Intern

Northwestern Mutual

What we believe.

We believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. And that doing what’s right is good for everyone — our clients, our employees, our financial representatives and our communities. These beliefs launched our company over 160 years ago. Today, they’re just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We’re known for our financial strength.

That means we’ll be here for the millions of people who are counting on us—our clients, our employees, our financial representatives and our communities.

We care.

We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefited from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they’re passionate about.

Position Details

Strategic Communications Intern
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

Strategic Communications interns will have the opportunity to work in a large corporate communications department. The work focuses on communications for our employees, salesforce, clients and prospects. Interns will have an opportunity to focus in one area and have ownership of a body of work while also learning about work in other areas of Strategic Communications.

Advance your research, interviewing, writing, networking and organizational skills in the fast-paced, deadline-oriented, environment. Work hands on with multiple team members to sharpen your editorial skills, write stories for publication. Publish content across a variety of channels including news, email, SharePoint and video channels and provide strategic support for various communication channel deliverables. Employ your data analysis skills using Excel and Power BI to measure the effectiveness of communication campaigns and channels to inform communication planning and decision making.

Basic responsibilities may include:

  • Develop an understanding of the important role of communications in the rapidly evolving business landscape, financial services industry and working remotely and communicating during COVID-19
  • Write, research, fact check, proof, and manage drafts with business partners
  • Draft talking points and key messages for senior leaders, financial representatives, and other company spokespeople
  • Plan and manage events including in-person and virtual large-scale meetings
  • Program content using SharePoint online, email software and content management systems
  • Collect and analyze data, working with Excel, Power BI and PowerPoint using data to provide insights to guide communications
  • Create multi-media presentations including video/audio recording and editing through Adobe Premiere or Audition
  • Support other home office and field channels, including audio/video centers.

HOURS: Part-time (15-20 hours per week) during school year and 40 hours per week during Summer.

Build a strong career foundation with a best-in-class company that puts our client’s interests at the center of all we do. Get started now! We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Junior standing preferred with a Corporate Communication, Marketing/Business Administration, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Communications, English or related major 
  • Strong research, interviewing and writing skills. 
  • Data analysis and illustration skills including Excel and Power BI (or aptitude to learn) and problem solver mindset 
  • High degree of copy-editing accuracy using the AP Stylebook. 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to meet multiple deadlines. 
  • High attention to detail. 
  • Experience with InDesign, Dreamweaver and Photoshop a plus.

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