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Intern Spotlight

Intern Spotlight

Olivia Danner is an intern for Merchants this summer in the Commercial Underwriting department. Olivia is currently a student at Iowa State University and will graduate next spring with her undergraduate degree in Finance. We asked Olivia a few questions to get to know her better…


Q: What has your experience at Merchants been like so far?
A: My experience at Merchants Bonding is more than I had expected. I was introduced to projects immediately and the multiple projects I’m working on have allowed me to experience every detail about the Commercial Department, as well as Merchants itself. I believe the work I have done so far has not only benefited Merchants, but has pushed me to think outside the box. Other than work, I couldn’t be more thankful to work alongside the individuals I do. They are very welcoming and are very attentive to any questions I have. Merchants has been the best opportunity yet, and I can’t wait for what more is to come this summer.


Q: What are you looking forward to most this summer?

A: I am looking forward to working on more projects and getting more in depth with the underwriting department. I am also looking forward to our intern events. Our most recent outing couldn’t have been more fun; from playing competitive games and getting to know the other interns. Another event I am looking forward to is the Life after College event. We will be listening to professionals discuss the real world workforce, which is something I’ve always wanted to learn more about.

Q: What are you hoping to get out of your internship?

A: Considering this is my first professional internship, I am hoping to get that ‘professional experience’ within a company. Before starting at Merchants, I knew very little about surety, and I hope to retain enough information to explain to others what surety is and how it plays a huge role in many businesses.  Also heading into my senior year, I am ready to show what I have learned from my professors with hands-on work that I have completed at Merchants. I’ve already done so much with a few of my projects and I am already looking forward to doing more in the commercial department.


Merchants hopes to provide an environment for learning and growth in our internship program this summer. And we are excited to welcome Olivia!