Triple-I Blog | Insurance Careers Corner: A Few Minutes with Anisha Navendra, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) intern


By James Ballot, Senior Advisor, Strategic Communications, Triple-I

It’s an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all areas of our private {and professional} lives. Amid widespread disruption, nonetheless, persons are stepping up with progressive methods to beat the gap of “social distancing.”

For insurance coverage companies, summer time internships have lengthy offered an important path for educating college students in regards to the business, and for insurance coverage companies to guage promising recruits. However, with lockdowns and different measures to include the unfold of Coronavirus extending via and past the summer time months, many companies had been pressured re-evaluate internship applications, with some contemplating suspension of 2020 summer time internships. 

Several organizations have stepped in to fill this hole, together with insurance coverage companies, business commerce teams, and particularly, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), a pupil society with 77 chapters serving greater than 5,000 members throughout North America that’s acknowledged by many as “the insurance industry’s premier collegiate talent pipeline.”  Earlier this yr GIS launched their Virtual Internships program. Despite getting a considerably late begin, this system positioned greater than 65 college students on 30 initiatives at 14 insurance coverage companies.

As a part of the Triple-I Blog’s “Insurance Careers Corner” options collection, we spoke with pupil interns about their experiences throughout summer time 2020 and their insurance coverage profession journey to date. We additionally reached out to internship program administrators to get a fuller sense of how their organizations profit from increasing outreach to college students even within the midst of a pandemic.

First up is Anisha Navendra, who’s a rising sophomore at University of Texas, Austin. Anisha spent a part of the summer time of 2020 interning on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Southeast Division. She’s double majoring in Mathematics with a focus in Actuarial Science and Finance—and has “a keen interest in the insurance industry.”

Name: Anisha Navendra

Current Status: Rising Sophomore, The University of Texas at Austin

Internship: IICF

Triple-I: Tell us a bit about your expertise as an intern. Did you’ve an internship lined up earlier than colleges and workplaces went into COVID-19 isolation?

Anisha: I used to be trying into internships earlier this yr, however by the point lessons went distant many applications had been both suspended or cancelled. Gamma Iota Sigma stepped in to search out methods to attach college students with insurers and insurance coverage companies. My internship with IICF is a chance to study extra in regards to the distinctive philanthropic facet of the insurance coverage business by permitting me to spend time working carefully with business professionals.

How lengthy is your internship with IICF and what kind of work are you doing there? 

My internship runs via August. I’m helping with all kinds of initiatives, together with pulling and researching monetary studies for insights into how a charitable basis works.  

What abilities and data are you selecting up alongside the way in which?

I’m studying extra about teamwork, communications, doing due-diligence, time administration and analysis abilities, in addition to use instruments of the commerce, like Microsoft Office. Also, I’m assembly and networking (just about) with numerous insurance coverage professionals from totally different backgrounds and getting publicity to a variety of enterprise areas–advertising, finance, operations.

I plan to make use of these abilities and the data gained about insurance coverage and the insurance coverage business to assist me in my future endeavors as an actuary, or monetary advisor.

When did you first take into account insurance coverage as a profession path?

I turned extra conscious of insurance coverage as a member of my highschool debate membership (the subject was medical health insurance). Entering faculty, I found how actuarial sciences aligned with my different pursuits.

Any “surprises”; belongings you didn’t count on to study or do?

Working with IICF has proven me a novel and extra artistic facet of the enterprise and the way the business’s charitable actions are serving to to redefine the narrative about insurance coverage. I’m additionally studying how corporations are reacting to the pandemic—and that insurance coverage is nimble and responsive.  It’s thrilling to be behind the scenes at a non-profit.

How will this expertise have an effect on you going ahead—each in your research and in preparation for all times after faculty?

Working with IICF has inspired me to be extra progressive and staff oriented. The expertise has made me need to study extra about non-profits and has gotten me involved in advertising and model methods. I plan take extra lessons in enterprise legislation and ethics to spherical out my data.



Source: www.iii.org

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