Genworth's Community Relations Manager Christine Jaeger
and Matthew Musser '12
Externships are a great way for Randolph-Macon College students to gain experience
and learn about the world of work. Matthew Musser ’12 recently
completed an externship at Genworth Financial in Richmond, Virginia. The externship
was arranged through R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Under the guidance of Genworth’s Community Relations Manager Christine Jaeger, Musser
completed a financial analysis project, researched benchmark data from other financial
services companies, and drafted documents and presentations related to Genworth
Community Relations efforts.
“Christine was a great supervisor and taught me about the insurance and corporate
sector of business,” says Musser, an economics/business
major who hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia. “My externship also helped me develop
teamwork skills and industry-specific abilities.”
Genworth Assistant Controller Daniel Healy, who has for the past seven years championed
the company’s externship program with Randolph Macon, says R-MC student-externs
“All of the Randolph-Macon externs have been excellent and have really impressed
their managers,” says Healy. Genworth has had about 30 R-MC externs in the past
decade, four of whom who were offered full-time positions. The company recently
began integrating their
R-MC January Term (J-term) externs
into their Summer Internship Program and full-time Finance Development Program.
“This paid internship program can lead to an offer to join our Financial Development
Program (FDP), which is an intense, competitive two-year program in which new associates
rotate into a new business at Genworth every six months all throughout the United
States,” explains Healy. “The new associates also take classes designed specifically
for them, and after the program and rotation they continue their careers at Genworth.
Graduates of the FDP program are highly-sought-after.”
The advantages of an externship are significant, says Healy.
“Here, for example, they spend time in a Fortune 500 office environment and are
exposed to the culture, modes of communication and rhythm of a fast-paced setting.
Also, managers get a good look at the externs’ work and abilities and the externs
get to extend their professional networks.”
This was Musser’s second externship. In 2011 he externed at the General Assembly
with Senator Walter A. Stosch of the 12th District of Virginia.
“I was fortunate enough to be offered two externships at R-MC,” he says. “I would
strongly recommend the Bassett Internship Program to any student who is looking
to build connections and start networking early.”
Musser, who has played for the
Yellow Jackets baseball team for four years, says he would love to combine
his love of sports and his passion for business in his future career.
“My dream job would probably be within the sports-merchandise field with a professional
sports team,” he says. “I like the corporate world, but I am very much a ‘people
person’ and it’s easy for me to communicate with others. I look forward to seeing
what the future will bring.”
For Healy, working with Randolph-Macon students has been a great experience.
“Genworth has benefited significantly,” he says. “The externs from R-MC have all
been excellent and that is the largest factor in the success of our relationship
throughout the years. I hope that we continue this positive streak.”
*Genworth Financial refers to these experiences as externships, while Randolph-Macon
College refers to them as internships.
The Bassett Internship Program, now in
its 30th year, is dedicated to providing a real-world backdrop for future academic
learning, as well as preparation for life after graduation.