Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News


Global Insurance Symposium, May 20-22, Des Moines
The first Global Insurance Symposium is being held in Des Moines on May 20-22, and we are allowed to register up to 20 students for free registration.

This is an exceptional opportunity to meet insurance leaders from around the globe and to learn about emerging issues, challenges and opportunities. There are only two colleges that have been invited to participate, and we are privileged to be included. The dates are after the end of the semester and, hopefully, before your jobs or internships begin. I encourage you to give this serious consideration.

If you are interested, please let me know. You will need to stop by my office to complete a registration form. As soon as I have everyone’s forms I will send the registrations to conference organizers. Please fill out a form only if you are absolutely certain you can attend. It will cost the conference for meals and other expenses if you back out at the last minute. The Institute and the conference will not provide support or make arrangements for student travel, hotel or other expenses.

Be one of the first 20 to sign up to ensure your place!

Ice Cream Social
Monday, April 7
6:00 p.m. W 401
Reservations (RSVP) Due By April 1

RMI students, you're invited to a year-end ice cream social. We'll congratulate graduating seniors and inform juniors about the award-winning mentoring program that will begin in the fall. You'll have a chance to meet industry representatives and mentors and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere with your fellow students. Ty Leverty and his kids will be there, also!! Please come and wish Ty the best and thank all of the faculty for their hard work.

Dress is casual. Email Ali Rosenberg with your RSVP by April 1.

Resume Book--email if you have accepted a position
If you have accepted an internship or job, we should removed your resume from the resume book. Please email Viana to have your resume removed. Also provide her with the name of the company, your position, and where you will be located.

Do you want $2,500 for next year?
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 or Vaughan Institute. Application deadline is March 28, 2014.

Griffith Foundation Scholarships-Deadline April 1
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation is pleased to announce that 2014 Spring scholarship applications are now available! Each year, The Griffith Foundation oversees multiple scholarship opportunities—ranging from $500 to $6,000—to encourage college and university students to take risk management and insurance courses. More information is posted to the left of the Institute's office door S230 PBB.

Derek Hughes/Napslo Scholarships Deadline June 1
The Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2014-15 school year from students pursuing insurance or business related studies. The Foundation awarded 14 $5,000 scholarships in 2013 and they expect to award a similar number this year.

Qualifications can be found in the Foundation section of the NAPSLO website ( In general, students must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program, majoring in Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business, Economics, Finance, Insurance, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Risk Management, or Statistics. Students also must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester. Financial need is considered in awarding scholarships. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.

To be considered for the scholarships, students must submit:
• Completed application and personal statement of career objectives
• Two letters of recommendation
• Official academic transcript

The deadline to submit all materials is June 1 and additional information and application materials are available online.

Industry News

John Deere Risk Analyst Career Conference April 25
-Apply by March 28

This is an exceptional opportunity from John Deere.
To apply...

Students are invited to apply for a conference in Risk Management. The John Deere Financial Risk Analytics Career Conference will bring a limited number of students to their headquarters in Johnston, Iowa on Friday, April 25, 2014, where they will get to experience first-hand how John Deere Financial manages risk through analytics. As a participant of this full-day, interactive conference students will:
• Learn how a financial services company uses analytics to compete in business
• Hear from John Deere Financial senior leaders
• Speak with recruiters during a networking lunch
• Ask questions when you meet with John Deere employees – from management to new hires
Eligibility requirements are:
• Currently be enrolled as a full-time student
• Be a leader who is involved on campus or in the community
• Have at least a 3.2 grade point average
• Have a related area of study: Actuarial Science, Agricultural Economics, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Mathematics, Quantitative Economics, Risk Management and Insurance, Statistics, or other related field
Travel will be reimbursed for schools greater than 15 miles from John Deere Financial headquarters.

Students apply by either sending the attached application and a resume to or at the address 6400 NW 86th St, Johnston, IA 50131 or by applying through HireAHawk. Applications will be accepted through March 28, 2014. Students will be notified of acceptance by April 4. Any questions can also be directed to Allison Young either by email or phone, (515) 267-3614.

Grinnell Mutual, Grinnell Iowa-Deadline March 14
Note: This company does not sponsor work visas.

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company has an opportunity for a paid summer (8 to 10 weeks ) internship in the Underwriting Department for the summer of 2014. This opportunity will be open to students who have completed their junior year and with an anticipated graduation date of December 2014 and/or May 2015. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.15/4.00.

If you are interested, please fill out an application online. The deadline for completion of the application is 3/14/2014.

Nationwide-School of Commercial Underwriting (fulltime)
Nationwide has two distinct offerings for this year's School of Commercial Underwriting through Allied Insurance and Nationwide Agribusiness. The schools are scheduled to begin in early June and training should be complete before Christmas. Both postings will be open to external applicants Friday, March 14. The Allied position will be available on Thursday.

If you are ready to start an exciting career in the insurance industry, Nationwide Insurance may have just the opportunity for you. The Des Moines Regional Office of Allied and Nationwide Agribusiness in Des Moines are currently hiring for the School of Commercial Underwriting Trainee. This is a full-time training program lasting approximately six months. Extensive classroom and side-by-side training equip you to begin your career as a commercial underwriter.

Qualified candidates will have a four year college degree, strong communication skills, strong decision making and analytical skills. To read more about this exciting opportunity, visit the career website and search for job opening ID #18782 (Nationwide Agribusiness) and #18743 (Allied Insurance).

Also, you might want to search for Intern on the Nationwide Career Website and you'll find internships for analysts in multiple locations and a finance summer internship in Scottsdale.

Transamerica Actuarial Internship: Cedar Rapids
Search for requisition 1400007D to find more information about this internship that was posted Feb. 24.

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.

Lockton, Kansas City, MO, Risk Analyst
The company is also interviewing students the end of March and early April for an Account Administrator position. Apply online...

Swiss Re Internships in USA-apply by March 28.
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: April 25 deadline

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.

United Fire Group Accounting Intern
United Fire Group has posted an openings for Underwriter Trainee and Underwriting Intern. They also have associate analyst and rating positions open. Consult their website for more details.

Travelers Business Insurance Underwriting
Travelers has leadership development openings on their website. There are several internships in the Hartford area in Finance. Check out their website for more information.

Rockford Mutual, Farm Underwriter
Rockford Mutual is looking for an 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 participate in this important leadership development program. Not only does Leadership 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

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.

  • March 28-30: NAPSLO, Chicago
  • April 6: Lara Baugh, Director of Risk Management, John Deere
  • April 7: Ice Cream Social for all students and mentoring program
  • April 13: Sam Early, Actuary, Principal Financial Group
  • April 13: Fall GIS Officer Elections S107 PBB 4:00 p.m.
  • May 4: Bradley Plummer, Cottingham and Butler
  • May 15: RIMS Golf Tournament to benefit Vaughan Institute. Students welcome

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...


March 2014

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

ASAP: Apply to attend the Global Insurance Symposium

March 28: Deadline for IIFSEFS Scholarships Apps-$2,500

April 1: Deadline for Griffith Foundation Scholarships

April 1: Respond to Ali to attend Ice Cream Social

June 1: Deadline for Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Scholarship

Gamma Iota Sigma
September Meetings

March 28-30

April 6: Lara Baugh, Director of Risk Management, John Deere

April 7: Ice Cream Social for all students and mentoring program

April 13: Sam Early, Actuary, Principal Financial Group

April 13: Fall GIS Officer Elections S107 PBB 4:00 p.m.

May 4: Bradley Plummer, Cottingham and Butler

May 15: RIMS Golf Tournament to benefit Vaughan Institute. Students welcome

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