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2021 WSIA Internship Program Application

Application

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 WSIA Internship Program!

This program annually awards paid summer internships to college students interested in an insurance career. This nine-week opportunity offers students experience in both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace by working with actual risks and learning alongside leaders in the industry. 

Interns receive:
  • a salary of $18 per hour from their host firms;
  • fully-covered housing costs;
  • paid travel to and from the host location;
  • a $500 stipend to cover incidental business-related expenses; 
  • mentoring throughout the program by members of the WSIA Internship Committee;
  • complimentary access to the WSIA Surplus Lines Fundamentals course; and
  • a three-day orientation in Kansas City covering a variety of topics to familiarize interns with the industry as well as to network with each other and Internship Committee members.
Interns also compete for the chance to attend the WSIA Annual Convention in San Diego in September 2021 and for additional scholarships to study the London market in June 2022.
 
Who May Apply:

The program is open to current college juniors or seniors (graduating no earlier than May 2021) with a GPA of 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants should ideally be Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) majors or have taken RMI coursework. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or legal residents. Interns selected must commit to the full training and internship schedule to maximize the benefits of this unique experience.

Timeline:

  • October 14, 2020 - application deadline
  • October 28 - November 12 - interviews (virtual via Skype, Zoom, etc.)
  • November 20, 2020 - applicants notified of decisions
  • June 2-4, 2021 - three-day orientation in Kansas City
  • June 7 - July 9, 2021 - underwriting internship
  • July 12 - August 6, 2021 - brokerage internship
Application Process:
  • Reference 
    • Please have an individual who can speak to your character and work ethic submit a reference for you directly to Christine Timmerman at chris@wsia.org. Your reference should be a non-family member and could be a supervisor, faculty member/teacher, coach or someone else who knows you well.
  • Upload the following (Note - you will need to have these documents ready to go to submit this application):
    • Resume
    • A brief essay (no more than one page and up to 250 words per essay question - 500 words max not including the actual question) responding to the following two questions:
      • The most successful internship applicants will demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in the U.S. surplus lines industry after graduation. What are your career goals and how did you first become interested in a career in surplus lines?
      • What single personality trait best qualifies you for a career in the surplus lines industry?
    • Unofficial transcripts provided as either a Word Document or PDF.  (Note: JPG files cannot be accepted.)
 
Please note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, to provide employment verification documents, and complete employment verification processes. You will be asked to submit to a background check as part of the eligibility verification process if you are offered an internship.

1. I am a current undergraduate junior or senior (graduating no earlier than May 2021). *
2. My current cumulative/overall GPA is a 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) *
3. I am a Risk Management and Insurance major or have taken RMI classes. *
4. I am a U.S. citizen or legal resident. *
5. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? *

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