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Summer Associate Program

At Aetna, we’re pioneering a total approach to health and wellness that takes care of the whole you – body, mind and spirit. The contributions of our nationally recognized Summer Associate Program are essential to turning our members’ health ambitions, big and small, into achievements. As a Summer Associate, you will get real world experience and participate in community service initiatives, a guided mentoring program, networking events with peers and senior leaders, and a cross-functional project that provides solutions to real business issues at Aetna. And we’ll support you in achieving more in your life and your work.

  • Job Type: Internship
  • Job Level: Entry Level
  • Travel: Minimal

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Success Profile

What makes a successful Summer Associate? Here are the traits we are looking for:

  • Ambitious
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexible
  • Organized
  • Problem Solver
  • Strategic
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Leadership
  • Open-Minded
  • Perceptive
  • Proactive
  • Results Driven
  • Thoughtful

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Benefits

  • Housing assistance1

  • Paid company holidays

  • 401k with company match2

  • Networking and mentoring opportunities

  • Engagement with Senior leadership

  • Increased likelihood to receive an offer for a future role with Aetna

Housing assistance
1If your permanent home address is greater than 50 miles from your assigned work location you may be eligible for housing assistance.

401k with company match
2Company-matching contributions are 100% of the first 6% of eligible pay. Summer Associates are automatically enrolled at a 3% pre-tax contribution and are immediately vested for employee and employer contributions.

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Summer Associate Quotes

I loved my experience this summer at Aetna and fell in love with the culture here. It is nice to be valued as an intern by your team and people higher up in the company. I can tell Aetna is investing in my future so I want to invest in theirs.

Sam L., Summer Associate, ‘17

I think Aetna is a great company to work for and values their employees while also trying to make a positive impact on healthcare.

Megan G., Summer Associate, ‘17

I don't think any of my friends could have had as much fun learning as much as I did this summer, and with great pay to keep me motivated, these 10 weeks flew by so fast, I wouldn't have done anything differently.

Lauren M., Summer Associate, ‘17

Absolutely great experience, wouldn't have wanted to spend my summer with any company other than Aetna.

Spencer F., Summer Associate, ‘17

Job Details

General Management Internship

Primary Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Additional Locations: AZ-Phoenix, CT-Hartford, FL-Sunrise, FL-Tampa, NY-Amherst, PA-Blue Bell
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Start date: June 3rd, 2019

End Date: August 9th, 2019

Aetna’s internship experience is known as the Summer Associate Program and is a nationally recognized experience, it is also a great way to gain confidence, sharpen your skills, and make a difference. Our program has been recognized for 3 consecutive years as a result of VAULT Top Internship Survey.

Our Summer Associates get valuable work experience and participate in:

  • A cross-functional project that provides solutions to real business issues at Aetna
  • Community service initiatives
  • A guided mentoring program
  • Networking events
  • Discussions with senior leaders

And our Summer Associates have an increased likelihood to receive an offer for a future role with Aetna and the General Management Summer Associate Program serves as the pipeline for our General Management Development Program (GMDP) a full-time, four-and-a-half-year rotational program.

The goals

The program doesn’t just help you develop general management skills; it accelerates your development. You’ll get well-rounded experience and exposure to key business lines while honing your leadership skills.

The summer positions

Our positions will immerse you in a key business area — what we call the “growth engines” of Aetna. These areas fuel our efforts to create a simpler, more affordable, and higher-quality health care system for employers, doctors, and consumers. The location of each rotation will vary, so relocation for the summer may be required. If you relocate for the summer, summer housing coordination and stipend may be provided to those that qualify.

What you bring

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem resolution skills
  • Encourage teamwork and a positive environment to improve team effectiveness
  • Resourcefulness and ability to quickly and successfully adapt to change
  • Demonstrate a commitment to integrity, the Aetna code of conduct and respect for diversity
  • Interest in a full-time position within the GMDP upon graduation and mobility for GMDP rotations

Who is Eligible

  • Students currently pursuing a four-year Bachelor's degree (preferably in Business or Management but will consider other related majors)
  • 3.3+ major GPA preferred
  • Anticipated graduation dates of December 2019-June 2020 (Rising Seniors)
  • Individuals with a willingness to relocate for this program

Additional Job Information

Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.


We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

Please note that this position is not eligible for benefits.

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