The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Student News: February 2011 Careers Edition

Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015


Vaughan Institute Announcements

Career Fair, Feb. 23, 2011

Spring Job & Internship Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 23,

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Main Lounge, IMU
Network with more than 130 organizations and learn about job and internship opportunities available for you! All RMI students should attend!

Note: Be sure to dress professionally, bring your resume and your student ID and research participants in advance.  (tip: request interviews in advance with your UI Employment Expo online recruiting account)

April 8 Professional Trip to Nationwide, Des Moines, IA

RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat, but no later than March 25 to Viana Rockel
Dress: Business Casual
Transportation: Provided by Vaughan Institute
Departure: 7:30 a.m. from the south entrance of Pomerantz Career Center
Return: Arrival in Iowa City -- 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, April 8, Nationwide's Des Moines-based operations will host an Insurance Day for students in the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program with the University of Iowa's Vaughan Institute.

The Insurance Day will feature:

  • Job shadowing and informational sessions in underwriting, claims, and loss control in Allied's Des Moines Regional Office, the Central Plains Claims Zone, and Nationwide Agribusiness
  • Opportunities to learn about Associate Resource Groups, Corporate Citizenship, the Intern Program, and Nationwide's history
  • Panel discussion/Q&A with Nationwide leaders from the Des Moines Regional Office, the Central Plains Claims Zone, Nationwide Agribusiness, Sales, the Service Center, and Human Resources

The intent of the Insurance Day is to provide RMI students with an opportunity to learn about Nationwide's culture, business functions, and leaders, as well as experience the day-to-day activities that take place as part of a property and casualty insurance operation. Nationwide is pleased to offer this experience as part of our ongoing relationship the Vaughan Institute.

Feb. 27 Speaker, Warren Farrar, President CPCU Society, Assistant Vice President of claims, State Farm Insurance and Wade Sheeler, Risk Manager, Grinnell Mutual

  • Feb. 27, S121 PBB
  • 6:00 p.m.

There will be a brief reception on Feb. 27 at the beginning of the GIS meeting to give members time to get acquainted with Warren Farrar and Wade Sheeler, Risk Manager of Grinnell Mutual. Please try to attend.


Gamma Iota Sigma Announcements

NAPSLO Conference March 25-26, Chicago, Deadline March 1.

This is an annual conference sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. It is a great opportunity to learn about excess and surplus lines and meet professionals. It should be particularly valuable for anyone wishing to land a job in the Chicago area. NAPSLO stands for National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices. This year, students may also visit Zurich and RT Specialty on the way to the conference.

For more details about GIS plans to attend, attend a Gamma Iota Sigma meeting or contact Alyssa Flamm. GIS has some funds available to help students attend this conference.

Business Week Raffle Tickets on Sale Feb. 21.

GIS is holding a fundraiser during Business Week. They are selling tickets starting Monday, February 21st through Thursday February 24th. On Thursday they will draw for each prize. Prizes include: Roots concert tickets, 3 pieces of jewelry, and various gift certificate from downtown Iowa City stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit Tippie Build/Habitat for Humanity. Ticket will be sold outside Pat's Diner from 10-12 and on Thursday they will be sold in the West Galleria from 11-1pm. On Thursday, all the prizes will be out on tables to view. Students can also buy tickets at this time from a GIS member.

Ticket Prices:

  • 1 for $1.00
  • 6 for $5.00

Future GIS meetings

  • March 27, 2011, C125 PBB, Cathy Zaharis, Business Director, Finance Career Academy, and Adjunct Lecturer; The University of Iowa
  • April 10, 2011, C125 PBB, Rod Warren, NICMIC Insurance

Industry Opportunities

IMA of Colorado, Summer Internship and Sales Specialist Position

IMA, Denver, Colorado, will be hiring summer interns and a Business Development (sales) specialist (full time hire). IMA provides clients with innovative solutions for their risk management needs. IMA identifies, analyzes, and solves the most challenging risk management problems. The company has expertise in Risk Management, Employee Benefit Solutions, Surety and more.

TrueNorth, Cedar Rapids, IA

TrueNorth Companies will hire up to three interns summer 2010. They began interviewing applicants on Feb. 18 and will continue interviewing for the next few weeks. All of their positions are posted on HireAHawk.

In addition, TrueNorth will be hiring a Personal Lines Producer to begin in May. For a complete description of the Sales Representative position, consult their website.

Nationwide/Allied, Des Moines, IA

Nationwide has announced several summer 2011 internships in their home office, including: Farm Underwriting (Analyst and Process Management); Commercial Underwriting; and Surety & Fidelity. Learn more....

Rain & Hail, Johnston, IA

Rain and Hail Agricultural Insurance is a leader in agricultural insurance, offering produces though independent agents across the nation for more than 30 years. The company currently has two full-time positions open in the Johnston, IA Office.

Agribusiness Technician: The Agribusiness Division has a position available for an Underwriter Technician. If you meet the requirements of the job and would like to apply, please forward your resume and letter of interest to Denise Wilson.

Applications will be accepted thru March 4, 2011.

Multi-Peril Crop Insurance Underwriter Position: The Midwest Division in Johnston, Iowa, is hiring a MPCI Underwriter. Applications should be sent to Shelley Chase. Applications will be accepted through March 2, 2011.

AEGON Americas, Cedar Rapids

AEGON recently listed their summer internships on their website and a few are posted on HireAHawk. You may be interested in their Portfolio Management or Client Management internships. AEGON hires between 100 and 150 interns each year in a variety of positions. Be certain to stop by their booth at the Career Fair. In addition, AEGON will hold a Leadership Summit on August 4 for interested Accounting majors. Check HireAHawk for details.

IMT, Summer Intern, West Des Moines, IA

IMT has an opening for a Summer Intern!

IMT has its home office in West Des Moines and offers products through more than 700 independent agencies based in five states-Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The ideal candidate will be a precise, analytical worker that is capable of doing projects independently, while insuring accuracy remains at a premium.  If you can handle multiple tasks, are a disciplined worker, and enjoy concentrating on the details, we need to talk to you!

This opportunity will offer on-the-job training in the insurance industry including specific assignments from Human Resources, Accounting, Claims and/or Underwriting departments.  This internship provides selected candidates with work experience as well as an opportunity to create a network of contacts.

They also have an opening for an Underwriting Assistant, Personal Lines. Learn more about IMT...

State Farm Summer Agency Apprenticeship (Internship)

State Farm has an opening for a summer intern in Cedar Rapids. The internship provides a holistic view of the agency system and seeks to develop successful agents. If you are interested, please submit an online application at www.statefarm.com. and apply to Job Opening ID # 24199. Questions regarding the Internship Program should be directed to William Hicks.

Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI

Sentry has one opening left for a qualified applicant for their Leadership Development Program, and the University of Iowa is one of their target schools for recruitment. Visit their booth at the Career Fair for more information.

Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance Internship, West Des Moines, IA

Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance is also attending the Career Fair and would like to hire someone in their Des Moines Office as an underwriting intern. They are particularly interested in an RMI students and have hired two Vaughan Institute RMI graduates full time after they completed their internship. There are very few underwriting internships and this is a unique opportunity. Submit your resume online for job #16033 and visit with Brain Prozeller during the Career Fair. GIS members who are RMI students are encouraged to apply.


Viana Rockel, Associate Director
The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance
Henry B. Tippie College of Business Department of Finance
108 John Pappajohn Business Building, Ste S230A
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000
319-335-1015 / Fax 319-384-3585 / viana-rockel@uiowa.edu