Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News--Career Fair Edition


Resume Book
The RMI Resume Book was emailed earlier this week. Employers will continue to access the resume book throughout the semester. If you didn't make the Feb. 10 deadline for submitting your resume and waiver, but you want it included, please send a resume to Viana and request a waiver.

HireAHawk-- and Career Fair (Feb. 26) Your Keys to Success
Many students don't realize the importance of completing an internship. A membership in HireAHawk and attending the Career Fair are key steps to landing that internship. In addition to on-campus contact with regional and national employers, you can search for national job postings, schedule interviews or mock interviews, 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. The HireAHawk system has changed last year. If you haven't used the new system, click on this Power Point for tips on using the new system and posting your resume.

Companies to visit at the Career Fair
Be certain to visit the following RMI partners and employers at the Career Fair:
Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
CIGNA Corporation
Cottingham & Butler
GreatAmerica Leasing
ING Financial Partners - Field office
Marsh and McLennan Companies
Nationwide Sales Solutions
Principal Financial Group
Sentry Insurance
State Farm Insurance Companies - Black and Gold Partner
The IMT Group - Black and Gold Partner

Find Your Focus Information Sessions
Find Your Focus is ideal for students who need direction and guidance regarding the first steps of career exploration. The program consists of advising sessions, workshops and independent activities that will assist students in creating a Career Action Plan to aid in navigating their career path. Learn more....

The program coordinator for Find Your Focus is Alicia Joens. If you would like additional information, please contact her at or 319-335-1023.

Network with Employers Feb. 25
Meet and network with representatives of Iowa companies during this session in the historic Old Capitol Museum from 5:30-7:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to recruiters who may not plan to attend the Spring Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 26th. Be certain to stop by and visit with Cottingham & Butler, The HON Company, The IMT group and Transamercia.

This event is FREE of charge and open to all students. For more information, visit RSVP online NOTE: An RSVP is not required to attend.

The Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation will award two $2500 scholarships to support students in the Tippie College of Business and the Vaughan Institute who are pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Qualifications are: US Citizen or Permanent Resident; sophomore status or above; minimum GPA of 3.0.; Risk Management and Insurance Certificate and/or a related major in economics, accounting, finance, marketing or business analytics and information systems; full-time student status with at least one full academic year remaining.

Click here for more information and for an application form. Applications are mailed directly to the IIFSEFS Foundation and not collected by the Tippie College of Vaughan Institute. While the application deadline is February 28, 2014.

The Institute has additional scholarships and all RMI scholarships except for the IIFSEF are applied for through Undergraduate Programs. You don't have to have financial need to apply for a RMI scholarship. Apply today. Be certain to indicated that you are completing the RMI Certificate.

Industry News

Lockton, Kansas City, MO, Risk Analyst
Lockton will hire a May graduate as a risk analyst in their Kansas City operation. They would prefer a student with a GPA of 3.5 or better and experience in insurance would be helpful. They would also prefer a Finance graduate over an Actuarial Science graduate. After 2-4 years with the company, the analyst can branch out to many roles, including Risk Finance, Private Equity Consulting (M&A), Commercial Insurance, etc.

In addition to this opportunity, the St. Louis office also has internships open in commercial insurance and employee benefits.

Swiss Re Internships in USA
Swiss Re has posted USA internships in several areas including Property Actuarial Intern, Business Development Analyst,and Junior Business Analyst. To learn more about these positions and others throughout the world, search for the key work "intern" and USA on their website.

TrueNorth Companies, Cedar Rapids, Internships
TrueNorth Companies currently has three internships listed on their website: Transportation Intern, Account Executive Team; Transportation Intern, Transactional Team; and Risk Management Intern. Apply online.

The Principal Leadership Development Program
For 2015 Graduates

The Principal in Des Moines is accepting applications for their Leadership Development Program. Juniors, if you want to be considered for this program (job 215627), you should consider submitting your application soon. They do not sponsor work visas.

The Principal Women in Asset Management
Conference August 2014

Female students with a GPA of 3.0 or better and majoring in Finance, Econ, Accounting or a related field can apply for this 1 1/2 day conference. Attendees will have the chance to earn a $1,500 scholarship. If you have a passion for learning investment management.

Interested in an internship with The Principal? Check HireAHawk for openings. To learn more, search current internship openings on the Principal Careers Website and scoll down to Requisition # 215490.

Claims Management Internship-Applications Due March 3
The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance is sponsoring a summer intern program for students interested in the field of claims management. They have more than 30 openings available across the country with companies such as CNA, ACE and XL Specialty. The internship pays $6,400 for eight weeks and also allows students the opportunity to earn a claim adjuster license. (You are responsible for your own housing, and you can indicate a location preference.) The Internships are also posted on HireAHawk. Many current risk managers began their careers in claims.

United Fire Group Accounting Intern
United Fire Group has posted an opening for an accounting intern. They have full-time openings as well, including associate underwriter, claims associate, inside claimes rep, and underwriter trainnee. Consult their website for more details.

Travelers Business Insurance Underwriting
Check out Travelers Business Insurance Underwriting Professional Development program for a great career in underwriting. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and be legally eligible for work in the US. To learn more, visit

WellsFargo Internships, West Des Moines
Wells Fargo has an opening for an Actuarial Science intern who knows SAS. The Internship is posted in HireAHawk and applications close Feb. 14. Also within the program is a risk track that you can look for. This is different from the Risk Associate position that is also posted. Go to HireAHawk to learn more.

Rockford Mutual, Farm Underwriter
Rockford Mutual is looking for a farm underwriter. Rockford Mutual Insurance Company primarily writes automobile, homeowners, farmowners, and commercial multi-peril in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Check out their careers website to learn more about opportunities with this company.

Leadership Iowa University
In the past, we have had several students particpate in this important leadership development program. Not only does Leasership Iowa University look good on your resume, but it will connect you with leaders and communities across the state. If you decide to apply, alert Viana when your application is complete. She will contact Leadership Iowa and flag your application. Since there are only 30 places, apply as soon as possible. Learn more...

Gamma Iota Sigma

UI GIS Chapter Launches Newsletter
You can now stay informed about GIS activities by reading their online newsletter. It is very informative and well done. Thanks to Yu Cao for her exceptional work on this project.

Join the Risk and Insurance Management Society for Free!
Students have an option to join RIMS on the GIS application form. You can check the box on the GIS application form and national GIS will confirm your eligibility. You should then receive an email from RIMs with the online application. Please email Viana if you did not receive this email. The Greater Quad Cities RIMS Chapter would like to invite you to programs and activities of the Chapter, but their list of student members may be incomplete. If you want to hear learn about upcoming GQCRIMS meetings, visit their website.

If you aren't a member of GIS and would like a free membership to the Risk and Insurance Management Society, you may sign up directly through the RIMS website. They have a great jobs board and provide exceptional connections. Click here for a membership form.

GIS Meetings
Don't forget to check the calendar of events frequently for new and existing meetings of the local Gamma Iota Sigma chapter. 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 meeting, social and event schedule on the calendar.

Please put the following GIS dates on your calendars.

  • Feb. 23: Young Alumni Panel: W401, 2:00 p.m.
    Jacyln Johnson, Nick Maletta, Jonathan Jaeger
  • Feb. 26: Career Fair, IMU, 11:00-3:00
  • March 9: Travelers Insurance Team Topic: Underwriting
  • March 16-23 Spring Break
  • March 28-30: NAPSLO, Chicago
  • April 6: Lara Baugh, Director of Risk Management, John Deere
  • April 13: Sam Early, Actuary, Principal Financial Group
  • April 27-30: RIMS Conference
  • May 4: Bradley Plummer, Cottingham and Butler

Join GIS
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. Join now to make certain your name is on the mailing list for the golf outing. Email Austin Neimanis for more information. Click here for a membership form:

The Grand Chapter also has a lot of resources, job listings and events. Check out their website...


February 2014

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

February 26: Pomerantz Career Fair

Gamma Iota Sigma
September Meetings

Young Alumni Panel February 23, W401 2 PM

March 9: Travelers Insurance Topic: Underwriting
March 9

March 28-30

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