Why Should You Start with an Internship?

What better way to explore a potential career than from the inside? An internship offers on-the-job training. Actuarial interns work alongside experienced professionals—gaining experience, education and connections.

The benefits of an internship can include:

  • Resume-building experience that will be appealing to (if not required by) future employers
  • Real-life perspective and skills not learned in a classroom
  • Satisfaction from contributing to a company’s success
  • Compensation and/or college credit
  • Relationships with people who can become valuable members of a professional network
  • Exposure to potential employers

An internship is no guarantee of future employment, but it can be the standout experience that sets one applicant above another.

How to Land an Internship?

  • Start on campus. Consult a university placement office, which may coordinate on-campus interviews or help students connect with employers. Another option is to contact the alumni association to find former students who chose an actuarial profession.
  • Explore the field. Search the web for major actuarial employers such as insurance companies and consulting firms. Many of them post internship opportunities on their websites, or at least offer contact information to get in touch.
  • Start networking. Identify contacts who work in or may be connected with the actuarial field. Reach out to those who may be able to help find opportunities—and might even put in a good word.