Zaccari Bell ’17


Muskegon, MI



Type of Alma Venture experience:


Summary of your experience:

I spent the summer in Chicago, IL working as an intern for VALIC, a subsidiary of AIG.

What did you learn as a result of this experience?

I learned a variety of sectors of the financial planning field. Some weeks I shadowed and aided financial advisors, others I learned about tools and how data is collected and processed to support the financial advisors in the field. Each week was a new perspective on the industry.

How has your Alma Venture solidified or altered your career goals?

Being able to see how this is done was a great way to get a glimpse of why I want to do this and how I can be a great advisor in the future. All in all, this was a great experience for me to realize what talents I have and implement them in a way that creates value.

What was the most rewarding experience during your Alma Venture?

The most exciting thing was the hands-on observation and learning. There is nothing closer than to actually do the work yourself, giving me one of the best experiences possible.

What advice would you give a student considering this type of Alma Venture?

This gave me a huge edge over my peers going into this type of field. In addition, working with AIG as a parent company provided me with high recognition on my resume, which also helps me gain a step on my competition.

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