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September 26: Career Fair
Many RMI Employers will be attending the Career Fair. Please introduce yourself as a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate student when talking with employers at the Career Fair. See the Industry section of this newsletter for more details about some employers.

Please prepare for the Career Fair in advance by learning about each company you will meet. Check out their websites and careers online. Companies may send only one department to the Career Fair and you may find information on the company's website about openings that they aren't recruiting for at the fair. This is particularly true of companies that are searching for sales positions. Their corporate websites may have finance, accounting and analysts internships and jobs that may be a good fit for you, but you may have to search to find these opportunities.

October 19: Negotiations Event

The Mentoring Program is sponsoring a Negotiations seminar on October 19 at 10 AM in S401 PBB. Associate Professor Terry Boles will provide the program. Food will be provided.

All RMI and GIS students are encouraged to attend. Mentoring students are required to attend. Industry representatives and mentors will also be present. Everyone, including mentoring students, must make a reservation by emailing Ali Rosenberg. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your skills for job and internship interviews!

November 8: Nationwide event
Reserve your seat on the bus by October 11
by signing waiver and submitting your resume
Dress Business Professional

Seating is limited to 22 students for the Nationwide event. See the video invitation from President Kim Austen.

To reserve your place on the bus, email your resume to Viana and complete the waiver located to the left of the door. Your spot will not be guaranteed until both your resume and signed waiver are received. The bus will leave Iowa City at 7:30 a.m. and we will return early evening.

Those who sign up will be given more details about the agenda and travel arrangements as the information becomes available. The company is currently working on the agenda for the day, and they have many great ideas to consider. It will be one of the most interesting company visits we have held.

Work Visa Options after Graduation
Thursday, Sept. 26, 4:30- 6 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union

Mark Rhoads and Helen Konrad, experienced immigration attorneys, will discuss work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H-1B. They will offer practical advice on job search strategies and how to deal with the H-1B quota, as well as options other than H-1B for those who qualify. This session is FREE of charge and open to all students. For more information, visit under "Announcements". Note - an RSVP is not required to attend.

Industry News

If you have questions about various companies or positions, particularly those that involve sales and sales support, please contact Viana or an RMI faculty member for guidance.

In addition to the companies listed in detail below, check out the following companies, some of which may be at the Career Fair. In some cases the jobs listed were found on the company's career website.

  • Bituminous (Underwriter trainee)
  • CRST (Pricing Analyst)
  • FactSet (Consulting)
  • FDIC (Finance)
  • Gavelon (Market Risk Intern)
  • Innerworkings (Business Analyst)
  • Kinze (Market Analyst)
  • Northern Trust (Non-sales Corporate Group Internships)
  • Rembrandt Foods (Finance and Accounting)
  • Sentry Insurance (Leadership Development program and a variety of internships)
  • IMT Group (Underwriting Assistant in West Des Moines and claims positions)

Various Positions

Napslo Internship Program
Application Deadline December 1

The National Association of Professional and Surplus Lines has an exceptional and very unique internship program. It is a summer program that runs for nine weeks and host companies pay interns $800 a week and will help arrange housing and transportation. You could be located in one of the nation's largest cities, like NYC, Phoenix, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Kansas City and working for some of the top companies in the world.

To apply, fill out the electronic application online. Applicants should also provide a resume and unofficial transcript electronically to Two letters of recommendation are required and should be emailed from the author (preferrably an email address assigned to a business or university.)

Find Jobs through GIS
Gamma Iota Sigma National maintains a data base of job postings from their partnership companies. Companies will be added to this data base in the next few weeks, so check back soon and often. The website can be found at

Transamerica, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Transamerica is one of the leading companies hiring RMI students as interns and recent grads. Visits them at the career fair and check out their listings on line for such diverse jobs as claims, underwriting, analyst (many areas) and actuary.

Boom Lab now hiring in Des Moines
Business Analyst Consultant, Intern Consultants, Project Coordinator

Boom Lab recently hired one of the RMI Graduates in Minneapolis. They are now hiring in Des Moines. Please check out their website and visit their booth at the career fair.

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, Omaha, NE
Underwriting Jobs

Berkshire Hathaway has openings for underwriters in their home office in Omaha. They are particularly looking for December grads for their property and auto divisions. Visit with Karyn Droessler (an RMI graduate) at the Career Fair to learn more.

MillhiserSmith/United Fire Group Internship, Cedar Rapids, IA, Internship
This joint internship between MillhiserSmith and United Fire Group will give you exposer to many departments at both a broker/agency and a company/carrier. Send a cover letter and your resume to Learn more...

In addition, check out the United Fire Group careers website for careers across the US.

McGladrey, Cedar Rapids, IA

McGladrey will hire a Technology Risk Advisory Services Consulting Intern and a Risk Advisory Services Consulting Interns. Both positions should be listed on HireAHawk and on their careers website at If you get a chance, stop by their booth at the Career Fair and introduce yourself to Cara Oldham.

CNA Financial: Accounting Rotational Business Associate (ARBA) Program- Class of 2014
CNA Financial is hiring for their full-time ARBA Program located in Chicago, Illinois. CNA is looking for individuals obtaining a degree in Accounting or Finance. Within the ARBA 2013 class, four University of Iowa graduates are currently involved in the program. For more information on the ARBA program, contact James Burke ( or visit the ARBA website. Apply online through HireAHawk! To view all of the jobs and internships at CNA, check out their careers website.

EMC Insurance, Des Moines, Internships and Jobs

EMC Insurance will be at the career fair. They have operations in several state, and are headquartered in Des Moines. Stop by their booth and introduce yourself to learn more.

Willis, Treaty Analyst Position, July 2014
Willis hired an RMI student from the Resume Book last year as a treaty analyst. They plan to hire another again this year to begin in July. If you want more information about this position, please contact Laura McGuire, ARe, Treaty Analyst, Reinsurance. To learn more about all positions at Willis, check out their website. There is a separate entity for Willis Reinsurance ; however, the jobs and internships for both are listed on the same careers website.

The Principal, Des Moines
The Principal Financial Group offers internships, scholarships, jobs for recent graduates and a Leadership Development Program. Click here to learn more and visit their booth at the Career Fair.

Lockton will post their internships at a later date. Please watch their website often for more information. They are a global company with operations in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Check their website periodically for announcements.

Westfield Insurance
Positions will be opening up with Westfield in a few weeks. Visit with Connie Frye, Anna Bass or Jonathan Jaeger (an RMI graduate) at the career fair to learn more. Check their website for jobs and internships as they are posted.

Sales or sales support positions

ING Employee Benefits, Chicago
Sales Office Specialist – ING Employee Benefits, Chicago, IL

This entry level position will be based in our ING Chicago Sales Office. Job responsibilities include supporting the Sales Reps and Account Managers with new case implementation, assisting with employee enrollment meetings, creating client reports, and sales presentations. Administrative duties also include managing client databases, processing office invoices, ordering office supplies, filing client paperwork, and managing the office workflow.

Who is our ideal candidate?

Our ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who is very outgoing, has excellent computer skills, who enjoys working with people, and wants a position in a fast-paced and very dynamic work environment.

This position also offers a career path toward client-facing account management. Applicants may submit their resume via, or directly to our internal human resources Talent Acquisition Consultant:

Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, IA
Full-time and Internship Executive Sales Training Roles

Cottingham & Butler will be at the Career Fair, and Ty Leverty knows this company well if you want more information. Stop by their booth to learn more about their full-time Sales Training program for recent college graduates. Their Executive Sales Development Program will provide you with the foundation to be successful in the world of commercial insurance sales. It is an intensive training program that provides development in the areas of insurance knowledge and selling process. Interested students should apply online.

Cottingham & Butler is also recruiting sales interns for their 10-week summer internship program that feeds candidates into full-time positions. In your summer internship, you will spend half your time working on your summer project and half your time on setting appointments for our seasoned sales executives. Interested students should apply online.

Hinke, Fidler & Hinke, Clive, IA
Sales Intern

This agency in Clive, Iowa is looking for a sales intern. Send your resume and cover letter to Joseph Hinke.

Bankers Life Insurance Sales Interns and Full-Time
Bankers life will be at the Career Fair. If you are interested in a sales internship or agent position, please visit their booth and speak to Lauren Fylstra.

State Farm Agency Sales
Several State Farm Agencies in the area have sales openings. For more information, contact one or more of the agents below:
Andrea Sabus, Grimes, IA
Ben Buenzow, Urbandale, IA
James Lunders, West Des Moines, IA

American Family Insurance
American Family Insurance is currently looking for motivated, energetic individuals throughout Iowa (including Iowa City and Cedar Falls) who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire for success. Base salary is $36,000/year plus bonus potential of up to $3,000/quarter. Email your resume and cover letter to Matt Nechodom at

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Gamma Iota Sigma

GIS Meetings
Ali Rosenberg has created a calendar of events and meetings for Gamma Iota Sigma. Meetings are held in S107 PBB unless other wise stated. The time for meetings has changed to 4:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. You'll find the following and more on the calendar:

  • September 29: Aaron Hoefle, Networking 101
  • October 13: Spring elections and speaker Greg Elming, Chief Risk Officer, The Principal
  • October 19: Mentoring program Kick-off (Negotiations). Everyone is invited, but you must make a reservation by emailing
  • October 20: Bryson Hammer, Innovative Captive Strategies
  • November 3rd: Joel Schmidt, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy
  • November 8: Nationwide day of mentoring. Seats limited to 20. See above for instructions on reserving your seat.
  • November 17: Jeff Scarpinato, Vice President, Holmes Murphy. Topic: Healthcare Reform
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving break. No meeting.
  • December 1: Final meeting of the semester. Speaker TBD.

Join GIS
Recruitment is an ongoing process at GIS and the organizations best tool has been word of mouth. Let your friends know what GIS is and all the benefits of being in this student organization. Join now to make certain your name is on the mailing list for the golf outing. Email Aaron Hoefle for more information.


Fall Career Fair Edition

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

September 26: Attend Pomerantz Career Fair

October 19: RSVP for the Negotiations seminar

November 8: Corporate Visit to Nationwide in Des Moines

Gamma Iota Sigma
October Meetings

September 29: Aaron Hoefle, Networking 101

October 13th: Greg Elming, CRO, The Principal and GIS Spring Elections

October 20th: Bryson Hammer, Innovative Captive Strategies, Captives 101

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