USAA – San Antonio
How did you get your job?
I applied to the USAA website posting for legal interns. I also networked. I was initially told that I was not selected for internship or interview, but a month later I was contacted about an interview. I was then selected for a second interview, and finally selected as an alternate. Then I was told that all interns have accepted their internship and I was not needed. I made sure the recruiter knew that I was available, and if anything happened—someone decided to later decline or not pass the background check to please call me. I was called on the last day on class, and asked if I was still interested. I said YES.
What was the most surprising thing you discovered at your job?
USAA has an amazing culture. I was surprised at how much a private company cared about its members and how much that factored into business decisions.
What do you like the most about your job?
USAA has a great intern program. Ten legal interns; we are divided up to support areas that are of interest to us. We all will work for two different areas within the enterprise. Personally, I am working with Property and Casualty Insurance company, and the enterprise Operations Counsel. Weekly we have intern events, happy hours, lunches, outings, speakers, Continuing Legal Education, and one-on-one mentoring. Every week, a different legal department takes time to have lunch with us describing their area of law and what they do within the enterprise.
How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?
USAA is a Fortune 100 company and has one of the best places to work rating. I have seen how in-house counsel contributes to the overall mission of a company. The doors are open for me to apply again to come back next year and work with two different areas within USAA.
What is the most valuable thing you learned at this job?
Networking! Leaders want to help mentor! Take advantage of that!