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Internship Spotlight: Gina Lee Celia (NJM Insurance Group)

Gina Lee Celia (2018) is an Applied Mathematics Major, Actuarial and Financial Risk Studies Minor. On campus, she is involved in several different organizations.  Gina currently serves as president for TCNJ’s chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honor Society).  She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society) and Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society).  Additionally, Gina tutors in the Mathematics and Statistics department where she strives to help students feel more confident in their mathematics and statistics studies. She recently interned with NJM Insurance and kindly shared her experience with us.

What department or area did you work with most often?
“As an intern in the actuarial department, I worked closely with the members of the actuarial team on an everyday basis.”

What was the most positive experience you had at the internship?
“The most positive experience I had throughout the internship was seeing how inclusive and supportive the NJM actuarial department was.  I felt like I was a part of their team from my first day as an intern.  The positive and helpful atmosphere showed me that everyone was there to help me succeed and answer my questions as I navigated through challenging but rewarding projects and tasks.”

What was the greatest learning experience?
“My greatest learning experience was developing new computer skills such as SQL and Excel VBA for use in different projects throughout the summer.”

Did you learn more about professionalism in the workplace? If so, what part of professionalism stands out?
“As I completed projects, I was taken along to meetings where my projects and results would be discussed.  I learned professional meeting etiquette through these experiences.”

What is the biggest take away from your experience?
“My internship was filled with meaningful projects applicable to my major and tailored to my learning interests.  I am grateful to know that the knowledge I acquired during this internship will help me succeed in my future career in the actuarial field.”

What skill(s) do you think you enhanced from this internship?
“This internship helped enhance my analysis, public speaking, and time management skills.  I strengthened analysis skills by interpreting results in each of the different projects I worked on.  My public speaking and presentation skills were improved from participating in various meetings throughout the summer.  Moreover, as I often juggled more than one project at any given time, I learned how to better manage my time to make sure each project was completed as accurately and as efficiently as possible.”


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