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Undergraduate Summer Internships

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Are you ready for some real-world experience? Eager to apply what you're learning in the classroom?

Experience Aetna: a video for interns, by interns

See how caring is at the heart of our internship experience

Our undergraduate summer internships are a great way to gain confidence, sharpen your skills and make a difference. (Did we mention that you get paid?) And many of our interns are offered jobs with Aetna after graduation.

You'll work side by side with people who value your enthusiasm and creativity. Internships typically last 10 to 12 weeks, 40 hours a week, from June to August.  You’ll be assigned to a business area and work on tasks you would experience if you worked here full time.  Interns also participate in:

  • A cross-functional project that provides solutions to a real business issue Aetna is facing, and the chance to present their recommendations to senior leaders at the end of the internship
  • Community service initiatives
  • Mentoring program
  • Networking events
  • The opportunity to learn about our businesses and get exposure to senior leaders

Where will you work? Most internships are based at our corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT, but we also have internships in other locations across the United States.

You're eligible to apply if you:

  • Are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

We begin looking for candidates to join our summer program in September every year and continue throughout the school year.

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Our Summer Associate internship program received the following rankings from VAULT’s 2017 Top Internship Survey:

#1 - Best Health Care Internships
#4 - Best Financial Services Internships
#23 - Best Internships for Quality of Life
#34 - The 50 Best Internships 

More than 11,000 interns across various industries were surveyed for the ranking process. The survey covered quality of life, compensation and benefits, interview process, career development, and full-time opportunity prospects. The ratings (1-10, with 10 being the highest) for each area were averaged to determine an overall score.  Aetna received an overall score of 9.084. 

Learn more about the survey and see our intern reviews

In their own words: Intern testimonials

From the very beginning, this internship has challenged me personally to step out of my comfort zone and get involved in activities and work that I normally wouldn't. From peer-to-peer networking to the actual work I was given during my internship, I was completely happy with the way it has prepared me for my future. – Troy M.

Having the chance to work at Aetna as a summer associate has been one of the most beneficial moves I have made for my career so far. There are so many great opportunities the Summer Associate Program provides to develop associates professionally and assist associates to create a network to get the full experience of Aetna and its culture. I have been able to apply the skills I have learned to the classroom and other positions I have taken on since. – Samantha L.

This was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I was a real full-time employee who was treated and held accountable like one. One of the best experiences during the internship was the opportunity to work cross functionally on the capstone project. We were given a real-life Aetna issue, and that motivated me to really work hard to develop the best presentation ever. And it paid off with all the cool prizes my team won. I was presented with an opportunity for a permanent full-time role at Aetna – which I am in now, and love!  – Bo C.

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Aetna “Chairman’s Challenge” Summer Intern Volunteer Activity – 2015

Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini: Organizations needs to have missions. We need to find a way to make ourselves consistently valuable over and over and over again to the communities we serve.

Levar Sergeant, Aetna intern: It feels good to know that you can contribute to the community other than just your regular work.

Pooja Agrawal, Aetna intern: That we’re giving back to this community that’s been our host for our internship period is just really, really rewarding.

Joseph Ciccio, Aetna intern: One of the things I really care about is caring about other people.

Mark Bertolini: Over the last three years, Aetna employees have given over a million hours of their own personal time to engage in local charities and communities.

Joseph Ciccio: The excitement here and the energy is ridiculous. I mean, everyone knows we are all working together here to make something better and make healthier community.

Danielle Pritt, Aetna intern: Because I love working in the dirt, it’s been really fun. It’s really nice that Aetna is so involved in the community.

Mark Bertolini: Unless we connect with communities around us, we can’t possibly understand what they need. And when you can get there, when it’s not about you, but it’s about everything around you, and you let the organization support you, you become a great company.

Danielle Pritt: I think it’s awesome that we get to be a part of it, since we’re only here for a short period of time.

Joseph Ciccio: This has so many different transferable skills that you really can’t get anywhere else. I mean, the leadership that we’re learning, the technical skills that we’re learning, they really just get everyone involved to the point where it’s a real-life job now.

Levar Sergeant: I’ve been organizing a community advisory forum where we wanted to bring some of the community leaders, some of the providers and some of the leaders of Aetna together, trying to see what problems are in the community.

Danielle Pritt: I’ve learned so much, not only about myself as a worker, but just the corporate environment.

Pooja Agrawal: I think people come into an internship thinking that they are going to be treated like “the intern.” Get the filing job or answering calls. But it’s just been hands-on experience. I get to put my input into projects and working with the senior leaders within the company. It’s really been amazing.

Joseph Ciccio: They really get you involved with how to work as a team, how to organize correctly, and basically make it so that everyone is as successful as possible.

Levar Sergeant: I will cherish this and it’s definitely something that I’ve learned a lot from.

Pooja Agrawal: I think it has really helped me grow, both professionally and personally. And it has really showed me what my strengths are, but also points that I need to improve on and risks I can take. And helped me be more confident in my skills and how I can use them in the real world and move forward from here.

Experience Aetna transcript

We asked students like you…

What do you want?

Do you want to watch the world grow?

Or do you want to be a part of that growth?

Do you want to be a part of something that matters?

Do you want to experience a culture of giving back to the community?

At Aetna we want you to have more than an ordinary internship has to offer.

We want you to have an experience.

Experience the leadership of today’s management, all while learning to be a leader yourself.

Experience the teamwork it takes to complete a project, all while sharing ideas and growing individually

Experience the value and the culture of a company that wants to make a difference in today’s world.

An Aetna internship provides you with more than just gaining valuable work experience.

We provide a life experience that you will remember.

Join us and find out how to turn your ordinary summer into one that will help shape the future of your professional career.

Shape your experience.

Experience Aetna.