Next up in the Summer Intern Chronicles series is a young man whose journey has taken him all the way from Bozeman, Montana to the Cape's Rogers & Gray Insurance...
My name is Jack Snow, I grew up all the way out in Bozeman, Montana, but have lived in Duxbury, MA for the past 10 years. In the fall, I’m going to be a Junior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, majoring in economics. Kenyon is a small liberal-arts institution where I keep myself busy as a co-founder and board member of the investment club, and by participating on the lacrosse and golf teams. I have a passion for conservation of wildlife and fisheries and try to spend most of my time in the outdoors fly-fishing, skiing, or on a golf course.
This summer I have been working in the Commercial Sales department at the Kingston office for Rogers & Gray Insurance. Rogers & Gray is a leading insurance agency with offices located along the south shore, Cape Cod, and recently Nantucket. I work directly with my manager Mike Duffley, who continues to guide me and supply me with tools and strategies to optimize my functioning as an interpersonal individual and coworker. Mike places communication and expectation management at the core of his philosophy for success in both the professional and personal sectors of life. I have also been assigned a mentor, Zak Fagiano, who has taken me through the sales process start to finish. Zak has taught and shown me what it takes to be a successful producer in this industry. Whether it is taking me to pitch meetings, or sitting down and explaining his day to day, I am learning constantly alongside Zak. Mike and Zak have been amazing at keeping me involved in various projects, as well as excited about my development as a professional.
While I entered this position with minimal knowledge of insurance, I’m grateful that I took the opportunity to learn about a realm that was entirely novel to me as of the beginning of the summer. The process of finding an internship can be daunting, however my decision to step into a completely new role has been gratifying. My best advice for someone looking for their first internship is to keep an open mind and have as many different experiences as you can. You never really know whether you like or dislike something until you try it. I have worked as an oysterman in Duxbury bay, at a national telecommunications provider, in the fine arts and decoy industry, and now in commercial sales at an insurance agency. Every summer has taught me something valuable and given me an idea of what I want to be and do with my life after college. Don’t pass up on great opportunities and take chances!
My time at Rogers & Gray has been the most influential, and informative internship I have had to date. I look forward to coming into the office and being challenged with new projects and processes I have yet to be exposed to. I have learned strategies for critical thinking, time management, and problem solving throughout the summer. Interning at Rogers & Gray is designed for the intern to have a valuable experience by providing informative training, and support from managers and co-workers along the way. I have learned I really enjoy sales and can see myself pursuing a career in this field. Rogers & Gray has allowed me to utilize the skills I have leveraged from my life and academic experiences, while simultaneously learning from leaders and thinkers who challenge and guide me through the corporate realm of commercial sales.