Summer Intern Chronicles: Adam McClay from Sacred Heart University

Sales department intern at Rogers & Gray Insurance
Sacred Heart University's Adam McClay is a sales intern with Rogers & Gray Insurance. (Courtesy photo)

My name is Adam McClay and I am interning at Rogers & Gray this summer in the Sales Department, specifically personal lines. I have been working in the Kingston office this summer before returning to Sacred Heart University for my senior year in the fall while pursuing a degree in Economics.

So far this summer, I have found new points of reference for the producers across all eleven offices in hopes to create new business. I also worked on a social media ad campaign, which hopes to generate leads for the personal lines department. The most recent project I have worked on is reviewing sums of commission for employee benefits and tying each lead back to a specific producer. A lot of the work I have done this summer made me much more proficient with excel and has improved my analytical skills.

Rogers & Gray has been a great experience from day one. The internship program they have is unique in the way it makes the intern feel upon their arrival. They make you feel like you’re a part of the company well before the first day, allowing the transition to go smoothly. The internship has changed my professional outlook because it taught me how important it is to be confident and comfortable in your workplace. This is the environment Rogers & Gray creates for its interns and employees.  I have also learned that asking questions is key to gaining more knowledge in any industry. I have learned a lot about the basics of many different types of insurance that I had not been exposed to in the classroom. Learning about insurance in depth is beneficial to any college student because it is something students currently deal with or will have to as soon as they’re out of school.

From someone who has lived on the Cape their entire life, it has been nice to travel off cape every day for work in Kingston. I was able to live at home in Yarmouth Port during the internship. I have been very fortunate for the opportunity and the location and I would recommend that students seeking internships to give themselves a further travel radius when it comes to travelling to work. It helps with little skills such as time management, preparation, etc. I had always worked in the same town that I grew up in, so travelling to work off Cape everyday provided a different aspect that I have come to enjoy.

When it comes to finding an internship, for anyone looking, the best advice I can give is to not limit yourself, especially when it comes to your area of study. At this time in your life, don’t have the expectation that your first job/internship will be your last one. It is important to be open to trying something different than what you have already expected because it may bring you to an opportunity you would have never found. If you enjoy your first job and that seems like it could be fitting your career, then you’re lucky, but crossing something off your list just means you are one step closer to finding your passion.

Looking back at my summer with Rogers & Gray, I have learned an array of new skills but what has stuck out to me the most was the environment they provide. I would highly suggest this internship to anyone. The interns we have here study an array of things, ranging from economics to psychology. The atmosphere in which you work plays a prevalent role in efficiency and overall happiness of the entire experience, and Rogers & Gray has set the bar high in this aspect.


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