Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News


Corporate and Financial Risk Management
Don't forget to sign up for Corporate and Financial Risk Management in the fall. We won't offer this class in the spring and it is a required class for all RMI Certificate students.

February 22 Spring Job and Internship Fair
The RMI Resume Book has been emailed to more than 200 employers and industry professionals. I encourage them to check the resume book throughout the semester. If you didn't get your waiver and resume to me by the deadline, you can still get your resume in the book. Contact Viana Rockel if you are interested.

HireAHawk—Your Key to Success
Many students don't realize the importance of a membership in HireAHawk. In addition to on-campus contact with regional and national employers, you can do a search for nationals job postings, schedule an interview or mock interview, get tips and assistance with resumes and cover letters, and connect with alumni. Most of the Vaughan Institute's industry partners list internships and jobs on HireAHawk and set up interviews through this system; however, joining HireAHawk won't be useful if you don't also post a resume and keep it current.

The HireAHawk system has changed. Click on this PowerPoint for tips on using the new system and posting your resume.

2012-13 Scholarships

RMI and Tippie College Scholarships
We have a limited number of scholarships for US students who are completing the RMI Certificate. None of the RMI Scholarships are based on need, and all RMI students who are US citizens are encouraged to apply. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are sponsored by various organizations, including Principal Financial, Greater Quad Cities RIMS, Cedar Valley CPCU Society, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa.

To be considered for RMI Scholarships and other Tippie College scholarships, apply online by February 29. Read the questions carefully and mark each place where it asks if you are an RMI student. Only students who indicate they are completing the RMI certificate will be considered for RMI scholarships.

In addition, juniors who join the Vaughan Institute's mentoring program next fall will be automatically considered for the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame scholarship. This is a $1000 award that will be available their senior years.

Industry Scholarships
Please remember that the Institute has a student resource center. You can work on resumes and cover letters and fax scholarship applications, resumes and cover letters from the resource center.

Motorists Mutual Scholarship: Advisory Board Member, Susan Haack, will recommend a student for a Motorists Mutual Scholarship offered through the Griffith Foundation. If you intend to apply for this scholarship, send Viana your resume and she will forward it to Susan. Then submit an online application by March 10.

The Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a College of Business Student, and they are interested in having risk management and Insurance students apply. The scholarship will be awarded to a US Citizen who will be a junior or senior during academic year 2012-13. Application deadline is March 1.

The Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (IASA) offers scholarships to students preparing for a career in insurance who are majoring in IT, Actuarial Science, Accounting and Risk Management. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000. Applications are due by March 1.

Industry News

Nationwide Insurance Internships, Des Moines, Iowa
Nationwide is hiring interns in five different divisions in Des Moines and they have a separate program for Agribusiness interns. They will have representatives at the Career Fair to talk about these opportunities. Don't forget to stop by their booth. If you can't make the Career Fair, application instructions are included in the informational brochures (click on links above).

State Farm Agency Apprentice Program
State Farm is currently recruiting summer interns. The internship provides a holistic view of their agency systems and better knowledge and skills needed to become a successful agent. They are recruiting interns for eight different locations in the Midwest, including Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. The company will have a recruiter at the Career Fair. Stop by their display to learn more.

United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Inside Claims Representative Trainee, Cedar Rapids

The United Fire Group will hire an Inside Claims Representative trainee (US citizen) for their Great Lakes Branch in Cedar Rapids. The trainee will investigate and evaluate property or liability claims to determine liability, damages and settlement or negotiation techniques. Extensive on-the-job training will be provided.

GreatAmerica Leasing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation has several internships available for the summer. Check their current openings for the most current listing. They are still looking for credit analyst, portfolio analyst and staff accountant interns. Learn more or apply...

EMC Insurance, Des Moines, Iowa
EMC Insurance is recruiting interns in the SIU (Special Investigative Unit) Claims, Underwriting, Claims, Risk Improvement, Actuary and Marketing. They also expect to have a Human Relations Internship. Most are posted on HireAHawk or you can access the company career website to learn more.

Risk Strategies Internship, Northfield, IL
Risk Strategies, a growing national brokerage firm, will hire summer interns for their rotational program. The intern will support the strategic development of new clients, assist in brokering new and renewal policies, maintain client and carrier relationships and assist in operations management. To apply, forward your resume to Andy Royce.

Transamerica (formerly AEGON) Summer Internships
Transamerica's remaining summer internships should be posted on their website. Check their website often for new postings. Also, in the near future, they will be recruiting 2nd and 3rd year accounting students for their Accounting Leadership Summit.

TrueNorth Companies
Summer Internships

TrueNorth Companies will hire interns for the summer in their risk management and transportation divisions. The Transportation Internship will provide exposure to their trucking division and to the industry. The intern will rotate among four departments in the Transportation division. The Risk Management intern will work on internet marketing projects, electronic mail processing, data integrity scrubbing and will rotate through departments to get an overview of the P&C agency. Both are full-time paid internships. To apply send your resume to

The company is also looking for a Service Manager in the Property and Casualty Division. This is a full-time position, not an internship.

Holmes Murphy & Associates
Summer Internships

Holmes Murphy & Associates (corporate headquarters, Des Moines, IA) is currently recruiting summer interns (US citizens) for their offices throughout the Midwest. They will interview candidates on campus Feb. 23. Interns work full-time (38+ hours a week) and will be paid $12.00 per hour. Upon completion of the first year, interns may be asked to return for a second year. After completing the internship, they may be offered a job in a location mutually agreed upon. The positions are in sales or provide support to sales. Apply Now If you have a friend who is a sophomore and is looking for an internship, ask them to get in touch with Viana and she will forward their resume to the recruiter.

Insurance Career Center
If you're looking for a job anywhere in the US, don't forget to check the listings on the Insurance Career Center website sponsored by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

Risk and Insurance Management Society
Join as a student member RIMS for free and connect with local risk managers and brokers. Check out the Greater Quad Cities RIMS Chapter. The meeting this month will be in Muscatine. Paul Roth with FM Global with present the "Incident at Mansfield" fire emergency scenario and video. Contact Viana if you want to attend this meeting.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Justin Kolka. Business casual dress will be required.

Plan now to attend the NAPSLO (Excess and Surplus Lines) Conference March 30-31.
Last year, the group of 14 students attended the conference in Chicago and met with three companies before attending the NAPSLO Conference. Most, if not all, expenses for up to 14 students will be covered by a gift from Dana Ramundt. Contact Justin Kolka for more information.

Highlights of last year's conference:

  • Prior to the conference, students attended one-on-one presentations from various companies such as Zurich, RT Specialty, and Allied Insurance.
  • They got to know Gamma Iota Sigma members from Chapters all over the US and Canada, including VCU and Illinois State.
  • NAPSLO was filled with fun events for all students, such as a dinner at Dick's Last Resort.
  • Students heard from some of the top people in excess and surplus lines insurance like Lloyd's of London that gave a presentation on the types of products they insure.

The Hartford Internships
P&C Sales & Distribution Sales & Underwriting
The Hartford is recruiting Gamma Iota Sigma students for summer internships. Would you like to spend the summer in beautiful San Antonio? This internship may be for you. Send your resumes to Viana if you are interested. The internships pay $16 per hour; however, no housing assistance will be provided.

Become a GIS Member
Many of the Institute's industry partners like to hire GIS members as interns and recent graduates as full-time employees. You don't have to be a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate student to join GIS and students can join as early as their freshman year.. All new members should bring dues to a meeting, if you haven't already paid. Also, members who haven't filled out the new membership forms should contact Justin Kolka as soon as possible.

Recruitment is an ongoing process at GIS and the organizations best tool has been word of mouth. Let your friends know GIS and what it is about as a student organization.

February 2012

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

Feb. 22: Career Fair

Feb. 29: Scholarship Applications Due to UPO

Action Items

  • Apply for scholarships. RMI scholarships aren't based on need.
  • Join RIMS (free) and Gamma Iota Sigma
  • Attend GIS meetings

Gamma Iota Sigma

Spring Highlights

Next meeting: March 25. Speaker Kurt Eaves, RMI Mentor, Indiana Insurance/Liberty Mutual S181PBB

March 30-31: NAPSLO Conference

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