internship/co-op program

Internship/Co-op Program at American Family Insurance

Internship / Co-op Program

With positions ranging from IT, HR, and Actuary to Finance, Marketing, Communications, and more, American Family offers endless exciting internship and co-op opportunities for students in every field of study.

Internship positions are typically 10-12 weeks in length and begin in May and June. Our co-op positions typically begin in January and July and offer a longer-term work experience — typically six months. Both unique opportunities provide work experience that is directly related to the degree you are pursuing.

We want our interns/co-ops to challenge us by bringing their curiosity, courage, and passion to their key projects. At the end of the internship and co-op program, our goal is to transition high-performing interns/co-ops into full-time positions upon graduation.


Why intern/co-op with American Family?


  • Earn competitive compensation 
  • Work on real projects that have the power to change lives  
  • Receive personalized mentorship & coaching 
  • Gain exposure to a large variety of business areas 
  • Be a force for good with employee volunteer opportunities

Why join the American Family team?



We are looking for students who are:


  • Highly driven 
  • Passionate and inclusive
  • Creative
  • Share American Family’s core values


Sound like you? Let’s talk!


Want to hear from previous/current interns? Here’s what they had to say.

What did you go to school for?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business.

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

I was the Quality and Training Department Intern for Sales and Service Operations. I supported the training team in their day-to-day tasks, and learned the ins and outs of the care center along the way. I spent time researching best practices for adding technology to instructional delivery, created a real-time, e-survey resolution for participant worksheets and exit surveys. I supported Lean integration for a pilot class and curriculum redesign and formatted and updated training administration duties and communication materials.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

I learned that there are many different types of learning styles through the training aspect of the internship. I also learned how to connect with co-workers and build meaningful relationships at work.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

I am currently a Quality Assurance Analyst for S&SO.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend being an intern at American Family. There are so many learning opportunities, job shadows, and new tasks to tackle and there are always friendly people here to help you along the way as you grow in your career and in life.

What did you go to school for?

Computer Sciences

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

Application Development Intern – I worked with four other interns in the Mobile department to create multiple Android apps.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

The most valuable takeaway from my internship was that working can be fun if you love what you’re doing.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

Application Development Engineer – I am a Policy Center developer working on developing new products.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

I would recommend interning at American Family Insurance because American Family has a great internship program with a lot of opportunities to join full time after graduation.

What did you go to school for?

I double majored in Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Public Relations.

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

Dream Curator Summer Intern. Some of my projects that I worked on that summer were creating and managing the DreamBank Instagram account, planning an intern event at the DreamBank and creating an event series with millennials in mind.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

I gained so much confidence in my internship and I was able to learn more about the company that interested me.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

I am now a Dream Curator and I manage the fitness events and community sponsorships. I am also about to launch a writing series and a book club.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

Yes! I learned so much through my internship. I gained skill that I use every day in my current role.

What did you go to school for?

Economics

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

Title: Operations Associate Underwriter Role: Gather and compile data on policy cancellations, rescinds and new business statistics to evaluate business practices and if time was being spent efficiently for all parties involved. I then took this information and gathered it in PowerPoint presentations to be presented on a state by state basis to management.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

The most valuable takeaway from my internship was learning how the insurance world works. Prior to my internship, I had never dealt with insurance. The opportunity to have a glimpse of how it worked opened my eyes to the value of insurance and just how vital it can be for those who experience catastrophic and life altering situations.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

I am now employed at American Family Insurance as a district underwriter for the state of Nevada.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

Yes, I would absolutely recommend interning at American Family Insurance. First and foremost, most individuals who are interning have not had an experience with insurance. This internship allows you the opportunity to have an understanding of what insurance is intended for and why we need it. There is also much more to insurance than what I believe meets the eye. When interning at American Family Insurance, I shadowed many different divisions, and it allowed me to see varied aspects of what insurance consists of. Aside from the insurance side, the internship gave me a better idea of what it meant to be in the real world as well as an idea of what life would be like once I was done with school.

What did you go to school for?

I went to the University of Wisconsin where I majored in communications and also received an entrepreneurship certificate.

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

I was the Corporate Communications Intern, and my main role was to develop content in the form of articles for Compass, Field Compass and the All American Magazine for agents. I interviewed a lot of people across the company which was great for me – I met people from different areas and learned more about the industry and company as a whole. I also used Connections (our internal social media platform) quite a bit for different campaigns, including our cafeteria renovation.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

There were a lot of takeaways, but I would say the biggest was probably adapting to a fast-paced environment. For my articles, there were tight deadlines to be met, as well as interviewing the subject and actually writing the story. So working under a tight deadline – while also bringing creativity into the articles – was a big takeaway for me. I also came in with minimal knowledge about the insurance industry in general. I left my internship know much more about it.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

I was lucky enough to be offered a full-time position at American Family right out of my internship. It was really nice going through my last college semester knowing I not only had a job lined up, but a job I was genuinely excited for. I’m now a Corporate Communications Writer, so I still do a lot of content writing for employees and agents which is a blast. It allows me to be creative and meet a lot of different people. Each article presents a different opportunity to create something unique, and it is fun for me to figure out what exactly that is. We’ve also started broadening our horizons to include infographics, videos, podcasts and other means of communication. My role has also expanded, and I focus on supporting certain areas across the company for their communications needs.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

Definitely. Getting experience from such a well-known and successful company as a college student was something not many people have the opportunity for. And, on top of the experience, I met a lot of other really great interns who I still keep in touch with. I was truly part of the team – not someone who made coffee runs. The work I did actually contributed to the betterment of the company. It was really nice knowing that while I was getting this great experience, I was also doing meaningful work.

What did you go to school for?

I double-majored in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

What was your title, role and general duties during your internship?

I was an Application Development Engineer Intern and Team Lead. I was responsible for a team of 5 other development interns, with the common goal of redesigning internal websites. We were given almost full control over the projects and were expected to collaborate with full time engineers, architects, and managers. The projects ended with presenting the websites at multiple company town-halls, including a panel of nearly every manager in the company.

What is the most valuable takeaway from your internship?

There is a night and day difference between what you are expected to do in school and what you can expect to do in the workplace. Technical skills and intelligence are an important part of engineering, but don’t count for much without communication, time-management, and problem-solving skills. Being in a leader role, I spent more time designing, teaching, and planning how to do things, rather than actually doing them. This required collaboration and agility amongst myself and my team to complete our project in such a short period of time. These combined efforts and insight to what corporate-level application development is like, are without a doubt the most valuable part of the internship.

Where are you employed now and what do you do there?

I currently work in the I/S department as a full-stack web developer. I work with a large team spread across multiple states to design and build both internal and customer facing applications. Even with a large team, my contributions are noticed and my opinion is valued. That is not something that happens very often for entry-level CS graduates. That is one reason I love my job.

Would you recommend interning at American Family Insurance? If so, why?

Yes! AmFam is a great place to get reputable experience, while getting great pay, and keeping an active life outside of work. You won’t have somebody hovering over your shoulder every day, you will have ample opportunity for networking, the list goes on. AmFam is also a massive company, so there are endless possibilities for travel, relocation, and career shifting, all within the same company, and an internship is a wonderful way to get a taste of it all. Most importantly, the only thing limiting what you can accomplish during your internship is your own ambition. AmFam takes their internships very seriously, and want to provide a place for students to get experience regardless of their post-graduate intentions. Because of this, they gladly provide the resources for you to thrive not only on your project, but as a professional, and a member of the community. I don’t think internships get much better than that.