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RMI Student News


Resumes Due Feb. 10 for Spring Job and Internship Fair
The RMI Resume Book will be emailed to nearly 250 recruiters and industry professionals in the US before the February Job and Internship Fair. Submit your resume and waiver by Feb. 10.

If you were in the fall Resume Book, you don't need to do anything to be included; however, you may want to consider updating your resume with Viana and HireAHawk. If you have taken a position or internship, you may also want to remove your resume from the book.

If you weren't in the fall RMI Resume Book and want to be in the spring edition, send Viana your resume (the file should be named with your name) and sign a waiver. Waivers are posted to the left of the Institute's offices at S230 PBB. Slide it under the door if the office is closed. .

Corporate and Financial Risk Management
will not be offered Spring 2015.

If you take a fall internship or study abroad, it may affect your ability to complete the RMI Certificate because this is a required course that is only offered in the fall. Be certain to sign up for it during early registration in April.

Free Etiquette Dinner, Feb. 10.--All RMI Students Invited!
5:30 p.m., W401 PBB
Dress Professional

Reserve your seat by January 31
All RMI students and GIS students are invited to the Etiquette Dinner Feb. 10. Mentoring students are required to attend and should make a reservation by contacting Ali Rosenberg. All other RMI and GIS students are welcome and should also make reservations. There will be assigned seating and you won't have a seat if you don't make a reservation with Ali Rosenberg by January 31.There is no cost to students to attend and seating is limited. Learn more...

Graduating Seniors-Career Advising
If you're graduating this spring and haven't found a job, please make an appointment with Viana to discuss your job search plans. Appointments can be made through the Institute's advising website. If a time doesn't fit your schedule, please email Viana with suggestions for other times.

Mentoring Program
Mentees, we hope you had time to meet with your mentors over break. f not, please contact your mentors in January and arrange to meet with them. If you are having difficultly reaching your mentor, please let Viana know. Also, Ali Rosenberg will be contacting you to find out about your experiences with your mentor and your future plans.

The Etiquette Dinner on Feb. 10 should be great fun. Unless you have a class, mentoring students must attend. If you have a conflict, please contact Viana.

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 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.

Excess and Surplus Lines Employers Meeting
January 29
S364 PBB, 1:00 p.m.

Two NAPSLO member companies (excess and surplus lines) will be on campus Wednesday, January 29. They would like to meet with students at 1:00 p.m. to inform students about excess and surplus lines and the opportunities for students in the industry. They may also discuss their companies, Vela and Capitol Insurance Companies.

Please email Viana if you want to attend the meeting. I will send the speaker's bios and a location for the meeting at a later date to the students who plan to attend the meeting. Pizza will be served.

The Spencer Education Foundation has announced scholarships for the 2014-15 Academic year. Some awards are for as much as $5000 for undergraduates interested in careers in risk management and insurance. Most require a GPA of 3.0 or better. One application is used all scholarships. Apply no later than January 31, 2014.

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 isn't until February 28, 2014, it is a good idea to apply early.

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

Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines
Apply before the end of January for the following positions at Nationwide:

  • Business Analyst, Allied Group # 17011
  • Commercial Underwriting Internship-Allied Insurance #15879
  • Personal Lines Underwriting Internship-Allied Insurance #15748
  • Loss Control Internship-Allied Insurance #15719
  • Sales Internship-Allied Insurance # 15927
  • Surety & Fidelity Intern-Nationwide Agribusiness #15890
  • Commercial/Farm Underwriting-Nationwide Agribusiness #16767
  • Reference the job number when applying online.

    IMT Insurance, West Des Moines, IA
    IMT will hire interns in their West Des Moines office this spring. They company doesn't advertise internships and only takes referrals. If you want to know more, contact Erin Wonsmos for information. Students requiring Visa sponsorship are not eligible.

    Depending on where you want to locate, IMT Insurance currently has entry level positions open in underwriting and field claims.

    United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids, Claims
    Part-Time beginning Feb and Full Time in May

    Claim your career today! UFG is offering a unique opportunity as a claims trainee to begin in February. They're seeking a student who is graduating in spring 2014, but who can begin working part-time in February 2014. This person will begin working 15-20 hours per week from February-May. After you graduate in May, this position will transition to a regular full-time position. As a claims trainee, you will learn to investigate and evaluate property and liability claims to determine liability and damages. You will also learn settlement and negotiation techniques. This is a paid, formal training program to develop an individual for advancement into a claims adjuster position. Interested candidates can apply online by selecting the claims associate trainee job posting.

    Principal Global Investors Co-Op Program, Des Moines
    This is a six-month internship with Principal Global Investors, so you will need to plan carefully to complete the RMI Certificate if you choose to do it. You must take 06F 104 Corporate and Financial Risk Management in the fall in order to complete the RMI Certificate. A faculty member states that this is a tremendous experience and that students get exposed to a wide variety of activities within the portfolio team. Students requiring Visa sponsorship are not eligible. Learn more...

    Accounting students, Mingle with McGladrey Feb. 13
    RSVP through HireAHawk for this important event with McGladrey.

    March 10-12 AAMGA Event
    The American Association of Managing General Agents is an insurance trade association representing approximately 500 member organizations focused on the Excess and Surplus Lines Industry. Their membership primarily consists of MGA’s and companies of all sizes with an employee base numbering in the thousands.

    The association’s University East Education event will be held March 10-12 at Georgia State University the Buckhead Executive Center in Atlanta Georgia. There are many opportunities for students to attend courses on both industry-specific and leadership topics while interacting with leaders of our industry. There will be two networking receptions and students will “shadow” a member who will help them network. The registration fee is waived for students and professors. Daily snacks and lunch are provided free of charge, but students are responsible for the cost of travel and hotel. They have a similar event in Scottsdale, Arizona in the fall. To learn more, go to

    Mesirow Financial
    Mesirow Financial (Chicago) will hire a Risk Management & Loss Control Analyst. Although the job description indicates they are looking for someone with an engineering or OSHA background, a member of corporate recruiting claims that they are also interested in Finance majors. Check out their careers website for additional job announcements in other locations. A link to apply for positions is included at the end of each job description. You can also apply for internships in Investment Management, Global Markets, Insurance Services and Consulting.

    In addition, Mesirow will soon announce an internship in Chicago with their Advance Strategies division. The position isn't yet announced; however, you may contact Jasen Dahm directly to apply. Learn more.

    Travelers, West Des Moines, Underwriting Professional Development
    Travelers has an opening for their Underwriting Professional Development Program in Des Moines. They are accepting resumes now for a position that will begin summer 2014. Send your resume and cover letter directly to:
    Katie Bishop, Senior Consultant, University Relations
    Travelers/385 Washington Street, South Building, Floor 2
    St. Paul, MN 55102 Learn more...

    Gamma Iota Sigma

    Join the Risk and Insurance Management Society for Free!
    Students have an option to join RIMS on the GIS application form. If you think you signed up for RIMS through GIS, please email Viana. 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. You should have received an email from RIMS giving you instructions about how to complete your application.

    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 through the website. They have a great jobs board and provide exceptional connections.

    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 meeting, social and event schedule on the calendar.

    Please put the following GIS dates on your calendars.

    • January 26: Exec committee meeting only. GIS meeting cancelled.
    • January 29: 1:00 p.m. presentation by NAPSLO (see above)
    • February 1-8: Gis National Week of Service
    • Feb. 9: Wade Sheeler, VP and CRO, and Jeff menary, VP of Reinsurance, Grinnell Mutual
    • Feb. 10: Etiquette Dinner
    • February 13: Business Insurance Virtual Career Fair
    • Feb. 23: Young Alumni Panel:
      Jacyln Johnson, Nick Maletta, Jonathan Jaeger
    • Feb. 26: Career Fair, IMU
    • March 9: Speaker to be confirmed
    • March 16-23 Speaker to be confirmed
    • March 27-30: NAPSLO, Chicago
    • April 6: Lara Baugh, Diretor of Risk Management, John Deere
    • April 13: Speaker to be confirmed
    • April 27-30: RIMS Conference
    • May 4: Bradley Plummer, Cottingham and Butler

    • GIS Featured in Grand Chapter Newsletter
      Check out the GIS article in the Grand Chapter's newsletter. Well done, everyone!

      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...


    January 2014

    In This Issue


    Industry News

    Gamma Iota Sigma

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    January 29: Meeting with NAPSLO Excess and Surplus Lines employers. Please contact Viana if you want to attend.

    Feb. 10: Resumes due for Resume Book

    Feb. 10 Etiquette Dinner
    Reservations due Jan. 31

    Gamma Iota Sigma
    September Meetings

    Meetings Resume February 9

    Excess and Surplus Lines
    (NAPSLO Meeting) January 29

    Etiquette Dinner, Feb. 10. All GIS/RMI welcome. Reservations Required

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