The Merchants Internship Experience

The Award-Winning Program

Looking for a dynamic internship that lays the foundation for building a great career? You’re in the right place! Merchants’ internship experience is designed to immerse students in their fields of study, emphasizing collaboration and real-world work experiences. In our program, you’ll refine your skills through resume-boosting projects, teamwork, and continuous learning—all while enjoying networking opportunities, social events, and having fun (one of Merchants’ core values)!

Merchants is committed to diversifying our teams to reflect our core values, showcased through our mentorship program, cultural events, and community involvement. Additionally, we support our interns through our partnership with SFAA Foundation’s Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program, granting scholarships of up to $10,000 for exceptional interns in insurance, law, technology, marketing, business/finance, and beyond.

Interested in a summer internship with Merchants? Visit our job postings or email your resume to learn more.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Make a Difference

Create Relationships

Balance a Flexible Schedule

Access Valuable Scholarships

Work in Award-Winning Facilities

Get a Peek Behind The Scenes

 

GO-GETTERS WANTED

At Merchants, we’re not just looking for interns with the right qualifications, but individuals who are the right fit. We’re on the lookout for proactive go-getters, driven by continuous learning and personal growth. We value interns who embrace challenges and excel in creative problem-solving. The ability to engage and collaborate is crucial, as we appreciate diverse perspectives and ideas to achieve strategic goals. Merchants believes it’s our differences that make us stronger!

If you’re that go-getter who’s ready to learn and collaborate, we want to hear from you! Apply today to become a part of our innovative company and make a real impact.

Internship Opportunities

FAQs

What does the application timeline look like?

After you apply online or email your resume, a recruiter will have a phone conversation with you about your interests and experiences. The next step will be an in-person or virtual interview with the recruiter and team leads to determine if we’re the right fit for you.

What does the schedule look like?

Our internship program runs for 10 weeks, from May 19 to August 8, 2025. Interns work a full-time, 37.5-hour work week with flexible scheduling, enabling alignment of your work hours with your team’s needs. Our program is fully in-person, providing hands-on learning and communication to build your career.

What does the day-to-day look like?

Your day-to-day will vary based on your unique role. You’ll take on real projects, network with other interns and associates, build a relationship with your mentor, and more. For a glimpse into the daily life of an intern, check out our TikTok collection “Day in the Life” videos created by Merchants’ interns. During your interview, be sure to ask more details about your role and day-to-day responsibilities.

What makes a successful intern?

A successful intern at Merchants embodies three key qualities:

  • Willingness to Learn
  • Ability to Collaborate and Build Relationships
  • Being Engaged
What is the dress code?

Our expectation is to ‘Dress for Your Day’, which may range from professional attire to comfortable smart-casual wear.

What opportunities for growth and development are offered?

We’re committed to nurturing your growth and development in alignment with your interests and skills:

  • Industry-Specific Training – Don’t know what surety is? No problem! The internship introduces you to one of the best-kept secrets in the insurance industry – surety – through training and hands-on experience. In the meantime, visit our Surety Bonds page to start learning!
  • Degree-Focused Learning – Bridge the gap between your studies and real-world applications by working on resume-boosting projects and participating in job shadowing.
  • Cross-Department Exploration – Expand your horizons by exploring different facets of the company, gaining fresh perspectives, and potentially discovering new interests.
  • Networking – Build relationships with peers, mentors, and other associates through various opportunities such as our monthly ThursdayFest, special interest groups, West Des Moines’ Young Professionals group, and the YURtern program.