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Investment Operations Internship 2024

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

About Our Company 

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation and preservation. The company has the highest financial strength ratings awarded in the industry, leading a portfolio of over $270B in assets and distributing an unparalleled amount of dividends to its policy-owners annually. 

Carefully selected from universities across the country, our interns bring distinctive ideas and perspectives to our organization. Our employees are passionate about building our emerging talent and future leaders. After application and initial screening conversation, interns are aligned interview and be hired to a specific team at NM based on their abilities and interests, providing exposure to real-world business perspectives through hands-on learning and significant work. In addition to their day-to-day tasks, interns participate in professional development workshops, senior leadership Q&A's, volunteer initiatives, networking/social events, and more! 

Job Description 


As an Investment Operations Intern, you will work with the Northwestern Mutual Managed Investment business partners, brokers and traders supporting the timely and accurate execution of transactions related to investments managed by the front office (Mason Street Advisors, Northwestern Investment Management Company, Northwestern Mutual Real Estate, Investment Strategy and Northwestern Mutual Capital) including settlement of trades, ongoing maintenance, and transactions such as principal, interest, cash flows, fees, and corporate actions. Investments managed include domestic fixed income, common stock, derivatives, foreign, and alternative investments. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Ensure investment data is accurate, complete, and timely. Review and reconcile cash, investment positions and critical attributive investment data. 

  • Respond to internal and external inquiries regarding investment holdings and activity. 

  • Maintain investment data on various systems and conduct reconciliations. 

  • Respond to and investigate cash receivable and payable exceptions. 

  • Maintain records and perform reconciliation of physical securities. 


  • Enrolled in a college degree program with a business major and an emphasis in finance, accounting, management, or real estate. 

  • GPA of 3.0 or better 

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook. 

  • Must be self-motivated and organized; also, must know how to work independently, multi-task, establish priorities, and meet deadlines. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and analytical ability 


Required Certifications:

Compensation Range:







Pay rates for internships are determined based on academic tenure and major.

N ort hwester n Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click  here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

Build a strong career foundation with a best-in-class company that puts our client’s interests at the center of all we do. Get started now! 

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.