Economics Major Interns with Northwestern Mutual

Wyatt Morrison interned at Northwestern Mutual

Wyatt Morrison ’24 is doubling his learning during his senior year—taking LVC classes while interning for Northwestern Mutual. An Economics major with a Business Administration minor, he’s taking key lessons from each field to shape his career path.

Morrison began his internship in May, and as a College Financial Representative, he works with full-time financial advisors to create comprehensive financial plans for clients. Whether meeting with clients in person or virtually, Morrison said his communication skills have greatly improved.

“I am constantly talking with clients and other professionals, which requires professional language,” said Morrison. “My time management ability has improved as I have to plan when meetings are and plan for preparation time before meetings.”

During Morrison’s summer internship, he was chosen to participate in Northwestern Mutual’s Summer Camp, which recognizes the company’s top 200 interns. The event in Milwaukee, where the company is headquartered, included successful advisors sharing their tips for structuring their business and client success.

Morrison felt well prepared for his internship after his Behavioral Economics, which combined psychology and economics to help students understand what makes consumers decide how they do.

“We took what I would consider to be an unconventional approach to understanding and applying economic concepts to the real world,” he said. “I will apply this to my thought process for the rest of my life. Plus, I really enjoy Dr. [Will] Delavan [Associate Professor of Economics] and how he challenges students to do their best work while maintaining a positive environment.”

Morrison gained more practical knowledge during International Business Management with Dr. Treva Clark, Chair of Accounting, Business and Economics, and International Business. Students participated in a business simulation to run an international business, which Morrison found fun and challenging.

“These classes gave me a taste of the different decisions and factors that go into running a business and helped me understand what drives my client’s decision-making process,” he said.

Finally, Morrison cites his two years on LVC’s Student Government as another learning experience.

“Serving on Student Government showed me just how long it takes to implement change in certain organizations,” he said. “It has encouraged leadership skill development through our retreats and promoted communication skills by having us meet with College employees to address student concerns.”

Morrison will continue to build upon these campus lessons and successful internship as he launches his career in finance and financial planning.

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