The Perspectives Charter Schools and Allstate Partnership
In 2010, Allstate Investments began hosting students from Perspectives Charter School on the South Side of Chicago at our Northbrook, Illinois, headquarters. Over a five-day internship, up to 20 high school juniors are exposed to the range of professions at Allstate, with a focus on investing, a field often overlooked by high school students. This program enables Allstate to deepen our relationship with the Chicago community. The students are introduced to investment concepts and what it means to trade for a large institutional investor. Through our Investing Challenge, they select stocks, track performance and present the results to the Investment Department. The students also meet diverse employees from disciplines across the company, including marketing, legal, technology, agency ownership, communications and human resources. We emphasize to interns the need to plan for their career through a strong focus on education and networking, and to plan for retirement at an early age – both of which help them achieve long-term financial health. We are proud of this unique partnership and continue to expand the reach and depth of programming each year.