February 26, 2009 11:08 ET

MetLife's 2009 Financial Fellowship Internship Program Opens for Applications

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - For the fourth year, MetLife is offering college students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through a paid internship. The MetLife and New England Financial 2009 Financial Fellowship Program will provide a unique experience for students who have a strong desire to learn more about the financial services industry and ultimately transition into a successful career -- with guidance from MetLife or New England Financial professionals.

"The need for trusted advice has never been greater, and this internship offers a tremendous opportunity for students to learn how they can touch the lives of families that, now more than ever, need financial protection and security," says Michael J. Vietri, CLU®, executive vice president, Individual Distribution, MetLife. "MetLife's products and services have been helping families achieve peace of mind for 140 years, and we are looking for students with diverse backgrounds who want to learn how they can become financial services representatives and help us continue this tradition."

The paid summer internship is open to 160 students at a participating MetLife or New England Financial agency of their choice. Interns receive training and mentorship, and an opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced, successful financial services professionals to better understand the financial industry and career opportunities. In addition, interns travel to The American College, the nation's leading educator of professionals in the insurance and financial services industry, to study with faculty as part of an intensive one-week advanced, educational experience.

All applications must be submitted online by March 31, 2009. To apply or to find out more information about the program and the agencies involved, please visit

The American College is dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development that helps financial services companies and their employees succeed. As a non-profit educational institution holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 80 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit

MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), a leading provider of insurance and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its domestic and international subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, please visit

MetLife is an equal opportunity employer.

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