Thirteen college students join Northwestern Mutual’s nationally recognized internship program

August 17, 2021

Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial security company, has selected 13 college students to gain valuable financial planning experience in the firm’s nationally recognized internship program in its Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville office.

“We provide interns with opportunities for both personal and professional growth, valuable training, and real-world experiences with a respected financial security company,” said Joe Funderburk, college unit director and financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual. “Since our trained and licensed interns are able to test drive the same career as our full-time representatives, they are better prepared to jump start their career using the professional coaching and mentoring they receive.”

For the past 50 years, more than 59,000 college students have participated in Northwestern Mutual’s internship program across the United States. Many interns claim the program was instrumental to their future careers—whether it was in the financial services industry, sales or other business endeavors. Northwestern Mutual is a top 15 internship program according to the 2021 Vault Guide to Internships and has been recognized as a top three best internship for financial services.

The complete list of 2021 interns is included below:

  • Timothy Bleekrode, Furman University
  • Josh Burgess, Clemson University
  • Logan Campbell, Furman University
  • Jaxson Coad, Furman University
  • Dylan DeSena, Clemson University
  • Jack DuBro, Clemson University
  • Philip Dusek, Furman University
  • Quashon Greenlee, Wofford University
  • Thomas Mann, Clemson University
  • Jacobus Neimand, Clemson University
  • Ethan Ploeger, Clemson University
  • Kyle Schaffer, University of South Carolina
  • Mariah Tillman, Clemson University

Visit Northwestern Mutual’s website at to learn more about internship and career opportunities.


About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping people and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. Through a holistic planning approach, Northwestern Mutual combines the expertise of its financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and industry-leading products to help its clients plan for what’s most important. With $308.8 billion in total assets, $31.1 billion in revenues, and $2 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.75 million people with life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, and brokerage and advisory services. The company manages more than $200 billion of investments owned by its clients and held or managed through its wealth management and investment services businesses. Northwestern Mutual ranks 90 on the 2021 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2021.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (investment brokerage services), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (investment advisory and services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).