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UNUM College Internship Summer 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina

Job Posting End Date: 12/30

Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 36 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses – Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life – are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Glendale, California with over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.

General Summary:Are you ready to learn and grow while making a positive difference in peoples' lives? If so, Unum’s Summer Intern Program may be for you! You can be part of providing 36 million workers and families with financial protection benefits for when the unexpected happens, all while shaping a career you’ll be proud of. Joining the Unum Summer Intern Program is a great way to enhance your business acumen, gain meaning professional experience and acquire deep insight into the insurance industry. After orientation and on-boarding, you’ll join one of our business areas, where you will be assigned meaningful, challenging project work, that will have an immediate and important impact on our business. You’ll work on collaborative projects, while also having ownership of individual work, that will push you to learn and grow, as a professional. Our interns participate in weekly workshops where they will learn more about professional development skills and about Unum and how we do business. You will also participate in a cross-functional business case challenge with other interns, to solve for real business needs, which culminates with an end of summer presentation to key business leaders. Interns selected for this program, will initially be hired into the Summer Intern Program generally and then will be placed with a specific team in the early Spring. This 10-week ‘intern immersion’ has many different departments that an intern can join, such as Finance, Accounting, Benefits, Business Operations, Communications, Human Resources, and Underwriting, to name a few! We are looking for individuals to bring their curiosity and individuality to Unum, where you'll develop professional skills, get hands-on experience that will help you grow both personally and professionally.

Program Highlights

  • Work for the leader in the disability-based employee benefits marketplace and in a professional, corporate setting.

  • Contribute to meaningful project work that will leave a lasting impact on the business.

  • Participate in a cross-functional business case challenge with other interns to solve for real business needs.

  • Attend weekly professional development and information sessions, learning about departmental functions and enhancing your professional skills.

  • Exposure and networking opportunities with senior leader, across enterprise locations.

  • Take part in social events; have fun and build your network with other interns.

  • Participate in community service activities, by supporting organizations that make our communities stronger, advocate for greater access to the benefits that strengthen our societies and families, protect the environment around us, and invest in our workplace culture

  • Join one of Unum’s Employee Resource Groups and work with the Office of Inclusion & Diversity to help advance Unum's inclusion journey and represent the full spectrum of what makes us unique

  • Earn college credit for your internship. (Faculty/Hiring Manager pre-approvals are required)


  • Candidate must be enrolled in an accredited college degree program. Preference given to rising seniors and first year graduate students.

  • Required GPA of 3.0

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and on-campus involvement

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Demonstrated ability to think both strategically and tactically

  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel software applications

  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed on project work.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Intern must be available to work 40 hours per week during regular business hours.

  • The internship program starts in early June 2021 and will last about 10-12 weeks.

Thank you for your interest in Unum! After applying you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. Please note that we will not be reviewing applications until October 2020 for our internships.

Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.



A Fortune 500 company, Unum’s family of 10,000 employees spans three countries and dozens of office locations. Our employees focus each day on delivering financial protection benefits to millions of workers and their families when they need it most.

The Unum enterprise includes Unum in the U.S. and U.K., Colonial Life and Starmount Life Insurance – each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Unum is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations for any applicant with a disability. If you are disabled and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application or hiring process please contact us by submitting a request here.

As we continue to operate our business during the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified the way we recruit, interview, and onboard talent to keep employees and candidates safe and healthy. Click here for more information.