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Release: Oct. 22, 2001

UI Career Center recognizes AEGON as top intern employer

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The AEGON Insurance Group has been recognized as the top intern employer by the University of Iowa Career Center. The award recognizes employers who provide consistently excellent internship opportunities for UI students. The Cedar Rapids insurance and financial services group was selected among nearly 800 businesses in the program.

"AEGON has provided a variety of interesting and meaningful internship experiences for
UI students for many years," said Jane Schildroth, director of the Career Center. "AEGON is a global organization that offers interns resume building experience in insurance, finance and technology."

In recognizing AEGON, the Career Center looked at criteria including learning opportunity, evaluation of progress and development of the intern, communication with the Career Center and the intern, and the ability to fulfill the university's mission to provide quality learning opportunities for interns.

AEGON sponsors internship positions throughout the year in areas such as accounting, finance, investments, information technology, real estate, employee benefits, marketing, graphic arts and technical writing. The program also features lunchtime learning sessions and social outings for fun.

Schildroth commended Julie Johnson of AEGON's Cedar Rapids campus, who coordinates the internship process for AEGON. Johnson communicates with the Career Center to list the available internships, verifies that students are registered, and works with Career Center staff and interns to ensure a positive, rewarding experience.

"Our program is designed to provide interns with experiences they can take back to the classroom," says Johnson. "University of Iowa students are curious, knowledgeable and eager to contribute. They are a tremendous addition to our program."

The AEGON Insurance Group is one of the world's leading insurance and financial services organizations, specializing in life insurance, pensions and related investment products. With 2,300 employees, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has grown to be AEGON's largest operating location in the U.S. and is home to five divisions and the corporate data center. For more information about AEGON, contact the corporate website at http://www.aegon.com, or http://www.aegonins.com to learn more about U.S. operations and available internship opportunities in Cedar Rapids.

For more information about internships and all other services available through the University of Iowa Career Center, visit its web site at http://www.careers.uiowa.edu or call (319) 335-1023.