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NY Life Insurance Agent Visits Cheyney University

December 2, 2012

Florence Norville-Cheek, MBA, gives  first-hand information to CU students regarding possible internships with her employer, New York Life Insurance Company, located in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Florence Norville-Cheek, MBA, gives first-hand information to CU students regarding possible internships with her employer, New York Life Insurance Company, located in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Cheyney University business students got a treat Thursday, November 29th, 2012 when Florence Norville-Cheek, MBA, talked to them about a number of internship opportunities at her office in Bala Cynwyd, PA. The Financial Services Professional for New York Life Insurance Company came to campus specifically to help them get ahead and succeed in the working world.

"New York Life Insurance Company has been around for 55 years," she said. "We hired the first African American insurance agent in the nation." According to Norville-Cheek, "we look for students with at least a 2.0 grade point average who are independent thinkers, teachable, hard-working, willing to follow the rules, and interested in serving and helping others. We want someone with integrity who is entrepreneurially-inclined,” she told them.

Reverend Elisha Morris, Coordinator of Cheyney University's Internship Institute, is responsible for bringing Norville-Cheek and others to campus as part of a series of workshops to empower and prepare students for internship and job interviews.

“Company Human Resource Managers tell me that today’s students fall short because they are not prepared for interviews,” he explained. “They don’t research the companies; they can’t answer basic questions like where they see themselves in five years, what their future plans are or why they want to work for the company. They also don’t dress appropriately,” Morris said. “These workshops are designed to prepare the students for those types of interviews.”

While on campus, Norville-Cheek sat down with Dr. Donna Parker, Dean of Faculty and Academic Schools, to discuss possible internship and career opportunities for CU students at New York Life Insurance Company. She previously met with CU's new Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations, Nancy L. Jones, to discuss developing a planned giving program.

Interns in her office, Norville-Cheek said, would work with young parents to help them protect what they have, start an education fund for their children and work with older adults to set up retirement and long-term healthcare funds.