People Profiles

Intern spotlight: Get to know fall intern Jensen Muza

Kristy Rabe, Sr. Project Manager

Dec 6, 2021

Jensen Muza joined the Core Data and Analytics team this fall and started her first college internship as a program management intern with the NMDSI. Jensen is from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and attended Oshkosh West High School. She is currently a sophomore at Marquette University and is majoring in corporate communications and marketing.

We really enjoy having Jensen on the team and she has made a tremendous impact already this semester. Jensen is normally the one facilitating interviews for intern profiles, but the tables were turned for this one, as I was able to interview her. It’s been wonderful getting to know Jensen, and for those that aren’t fortunate enough to get to work with her, here’s a little more about her!

Q: Why did NM seem like a good fit for your first college internship?

A: It was important to me to get my foot in the door at a company that I could stay with throughout college, and there are many growth opportunities for interns at Northwestern Mutual. I have a great team of mentors that help me network within the company and give me valuable career advice. Having such a supportive team that invests in my future makes me confident that I will be able to grow within Northwestern Mutual throughout my college career.

Q: How have your classes at Marquette prepared you for a professional role?

A: Most of my classes at Marquette are project-based and use real companies as the subject. I’m currently working on developing a communications plan for Northwestern Mutual, and it's interesting to look at the company from both a student and employee perspective. The plan focuses on growing employment rates at Northwestern Mutual, and we have created elements such as promotional ads, social media posts, internal emails, and newsletters.

Q: How has your role changed your view on working with data, or working in the technology field? What advice would you give to others that are hesitant about looking at technology organizations because they don't have technology backgrounds?

A: I didn’t have any professional experience with data before my role at Northwestern Mutual, which was intimidating because I thought there would be a large learning curve. While there still was a learning curve, it was much smaller than I expected. I’ve learned how much data we use every day without even realizing it. I always thought that data was only used in a computer science field, but you don’t have to be a data scientist to learn how to utilize data to improve your daily life.

Q: What types of projects have you worked on?

A: I have been working on creating content for the NMDSI website and intern profiles for our new interns. The intern profiles have been interesting to work on because I am able to get to know my peers, as well as work on my interviewing and writing skills. Developing their profiles has helped me improve my communication practices and has given me the opportunity to feel more connected to the company.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your internship so far?

A: It’s rewarding when a project that I've been working on for a long time finally meets the finish line. I recently wrote a recap for the 2021 Data Day event, which took a lot of time and required collaboration with many people. This project involved our NMDSI partners and several nonprofit organizations, and we needed to collect content from multiple organizations, so seeing that article come together was really rewarding.

Q: What skills have you developed in your time with NM that you can apply to future roles or classes?

A: I have learned the importance of strong organization skills. There are a lot of people that are involved in each project in order to get it to the final stage, so making sure that everyone is on the same page is crucial. The nature of these projects has given me a lot of experience with collaboration and professional writing skills.

Q: What have you learned about NM that was surprising or interesting?

A: I have learned a lot about the NMDSI Data for Good strategy and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, some of Northwestern Mutual' s philanthropic efforts. I appreciate the good Northwestern Mutual does for the community, and it feels great to work for a company whose actions align with my personal beliefs.

Q: What is the most impactful thing you've learned during your internship?

A: This role has taught me to never put myself in a box or limit myself based off my major. I never pictured myself working in data science, but I'm glad that I pushed myself outside my comfort zone, because I have learned so much and have gained great experience.

Q: Would you recommend an internship with NM to your peers?

A: Yes, definitely! I've already recommended it to my friends. The leadership team at Northwestern Mutual really cares about the interns and their experience, which I don’t think is something that happens at every company. My team ensures that I’m doing valuable work I enjoy, and I have been able to grow my profile a lot already.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: In the winter, I love to go skiing. My friends and I take a ski trip up north every year, and it’s always a ton of fun. I also love cooking with my mom. We've made banana bread together ever since I was little, and we make it every time I come home.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: When I was little, I loved Charlotte's Web and really wanted to be a pig, like the one from the book. I remember getting into a big fight with my sister because she didn’t want to be a sheep. As I got older and figured out that I couldn’t actually be a pig, so I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I changed my mind again once I started high school and decided I wanted to go into business!

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