The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Student News & Deadlines: March 2009

Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Graduating Seniors Reception

No one has RSVP'd for the Graduating Senior's reception on March 27 with the Vaughan Institute Advisory Board. It will be at 2:45 p.m. in the Howe Galleria (near C140 PBB). Please email your RSVP to Viana Rockel today.

Organizations and Meetings

Gamma Iota Sigma
University of Iowa Beta Alpha Chapter

Dr. Terri Vaughan to speak to GIS March 8
The next meeting is March 8 at 4:00 p.m. C121 PBB
Don't miss this opportunity to meet with former Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Terri Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
Next Meeting: March. 11, 2009
Location: Marriott, Cedar Rapids
Time: 5:30 p.m.

The first two students to sign up for the RIMS meeting will receive their meal free of charge. RIMS meetings are ideal for networking, particularly if you are graduating this spring and will be looking for a job. The topic, Metabolic Disease, will be presented by Steve Flood from Holmes Murphy & Associates.

To register, RSVP to Tom Ohrt.

State Farm Youth Advisory Council

Accepting Applications Now

Thirty students, ages 17-20 serve on the board. Each member commits about 15 hours per month and serves for a year. They are very strict on the age requirements, and applicants must also be between the ages of 17-20 as of June 30th, 2009. One student is chosen from each territory, and the applications are highly competitive. Board members are charged with helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative. If you would like to apply, please contact Viana Rockel for help with your application. This is an exceptional leadership opportunity.

RIMS-Post your resume

If you're looking for a job, you may want to post your resume on the Risk and Insurance Management career site.

Student Resume Book

The Resume Book is continually updated. If you have recently taken an internship or job and would like to be removed from the book, please contact Viana Rockel. If you are still looking for an internship or job, it isn't too late to be included in the resume book.

Only RMI students and Gamma Iota Sigma members can be included in the RMI resume book that is emailed to nearly 70 individuals and companies. Email Viana Rockel when your resume is complete and posted on the Expo site. You must also sign a release form and drop it by the Institute's offices at S230 PBB. If no one is present, slide the release under the door. Resumes can be also be included after the Career Fair.

IIAI-State Licensure Study Materials

The Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa will provide free study materials to any student interested in taking the state licensure exams for Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, and Life and Health Lines. These tests aren't just useful for those seeking positions as producers. Taking the tests while in college can give you a competitive edge as an underwriter, claims adjuster and in other positions. The tests are offered in the Iowa City area and the IIAI has study classes you can attend as well.

If you're interested in a copy of the study materials, please contact Bob Skow. He will confirm with the Institute that you are an RMI student in good standing before issuing your copy of the study materials.

Internships and Employment

Grinnell Mutual, Grinnell, IA
Summer Marketing Internship

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is looking for a summer publications specialist to design marketing material, develop and/or facilitate the development of corporate mutual and agency promotional initiatives and publications. The job code is 9500 Intern.

Liberty Mutual, Des Moines, IA
Summer Underwriting Internship

Interviews will begin in March. Search for 00566 Internship Iowa on the Liberty Mutual website.

Holmes Murphy, Des Moines, IA
Risk Services Manager

Holmes Murphy is seeking a risk services manager to plan and coordinate standardized safety service models for clients in various industries through their vendor partners and other resources to ensure safe, healthy and accident free worksite environments. The position will report to the VP of Human Resources and Compliance. Learn more...

Sentry Insurance
Leadership Development Program

Graduating seniors with an overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum major GPA of 3.75 are invited to apply for the Sentry Insurance Leadership Development Program. Successful candidates relocate to the Sentry main office for training and the relocate to a selected Sentry field office. The program is rotational among many departments.

Continental Western
Summer 2009 Internships

The Continental Western Group is hiring interns in their Des Moines Office for summer 2009.  Students must be in their junior year with a declared major in risk management, business, finance, or related studies and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Interested students can email their resume to Roxanne Overton, Senior Human Resources Generalist at

EMC Insurance Companies

EMC Insurance Companies is offering three internships summer 2009. Students must be business majors with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Risk Management and Insurance students are encouraged to apply. For more information, click on the job announcement below.

To apply, submit resume/application to:

Viana Rockel, Associate Director
The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance
Henry B. Tippie College of Business Department of Finance
108 John Pappajohn Business Building, Ste S230A
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000
319-335-1015 / Fax 319-384-3585 /