Meagan Tran’s Internship at Lerner Financial

“I have learned a lot more than I ever expected about the world of Insurance and Risk Management.”

Internships are a valuable way to get a feel for your industry and create connections. This summer Meagan Tran, a junior in marketing with a concentration in risk management / insurance, had an opportunity to intern with Lerner Financial.

This was not Tran’s first time in the internship arena. Last summer, she was able to work for BELFOR Property Restoration, getting valuable marketing experience as a part of the Sales department. She described that internship as “travelling all over Michigan doing cold calling at hundreds of businesses.” Last year, Tran spent her time working at the CLACS office, and planning such projects as the United Way fundraiser as the Student Leader for the volunteer center.

Tran first became aware of the Lerner Financial opportunity through a friend, who passed her information along to the company. They reached out to her shortly after. Ferris also had a hand in the process. “Megan [Connaghan] helped me get registered into the internship course,” Tran explained, “and my boss, Michele Albright at the CLACS office, helped me prepare for my interview.”

In her time at Lerner Financial, Tran had numerous responsibilities, including adding and removing clients in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, and performing miscellaneous benefits tasks. She also was able to sit in on insurance renewal meetings and take notes on phone calls by prospects. According to Tran, her experience was also incredibly informative. “I have learned a lot more than I ever expected about the world of Insurance and Risk Management,” she said, citing such categories as insurance providers, terms used in insurance, and the purpose behind risk management techniques.

“I would recommend [interested students] talk with Megan in the internship office. She does a great job at helping with whatever need or problem might arise..."

But for Tran, the most significant takeaway was her exposure to a new program called the Michigan Care Consortium (MCC). She explains that she has been “sitting in on several presentations with potential clients on the MCC…and learning all about how it is beneficial to anyone and everyone.” She is also starting to learn the presentation herself, even labelling the first time she heard the presentation as the most memorable day of the internship so far. “It was such a new concept to me,” she detailed “and it was very intriguing to listen to.”

To students contemplating taking on an internship, Tran emphasizes the value of the experience as a way to get a look into what you want to do after graduation, and as a catalyst for networking. “I would recommend [interested students] talk with Megan in the internship office. She does a great job at helping with whatever need or problem might arise. Students should also look into Handshake on the Ferris.edu website. The CLACS office works hard on updating Handshake with potential internship opportunities.”