2018 Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 WSIA Internship Program!

This program annually awards paid summer internships to college students interested in an insurance career.  This nine-week opportunity offers students experience in both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace by working with actual risks and learning alongside leaders in the industry. 

Interns receive:
  • a salary of $18 per hour from their host firms;
  • fully-covered housing costs;
  • paid travel to and from the host location;
  • a stipend to cover incidental business-related expenses; 
  • mentoring throughout the program by members of the WSIA Internship Committee;
  • complimentary access to the WSIA Surplus Lines Fundamentals course; and
  • a two-day orientation in Kansas City covering a variety of topics to familiarize them with the industry.
  • Interns also compete for the chance to attend the WSIA Annual Convention in Atlanta in September 2018 and for additional scholarships to study the London market. 
Who May Apply:

The program is open to current college juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).  Applicants should ideally be a Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) major or have taken RMI coursework.  


  • October 15, 2018 - application deadline
  • November 2018 - interviews (either in person or via Skype)
  • December 5, 2018- applicants notified of decisions
  • May 30 - June 1, 2018 - two-day orientation in Kansas City
  • June 2018 - underwriting internship
  • July 2018 - brokerage internship
Application Process:
  • Reference 
    • Please have an individual who can speak to your character and work ethic submit a reference for you directly to Christine Timmerman at chris@wsia.org. Your reference should be a non-family member and could be a supervisor, faculty member/teacher, coach or someone else who knows you well.
  • Upload the following  (Note - you will need to have these documents ready to go to submit this application):
    • Resume
    • A brief essay (no more than one page and 250 words) responding to the following two questions:
      • The most successful internship applicants will demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in the U.S. surplus lines industry after graduation. What are your career goals and how did you first become interested in a career in surplus lines?
      • What single personality trait best qualifies you for a career in the surplus lines industry?
    • Unofficial transcripts provided as either a Word Document or PDF.   (Note: JPG files cannot be accepted.)
Please note:
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, to provide employment verification documents, and complete employment verification processes.  You will be asked to submit to a background check as part of the eligibility verification process if you are offered an internship.

* 1. I certify that I have read and understood the above additional requirements.  I further understand that failure to provide components in a timely manner or in the prescribed format may result in my application being disqualified from consideration.

* 2. First Name:

* 3. Last Name:

* 4. Email Address:

* 5. Cell Phone:

* 6. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

* 7. If yes, please explain below:

* 8. University Where Enrolled:

* 9. Major:

* 10. Additional Major (if applicable):

* 11. Minor (if applicable):

* 12. Additional Minor (if applicable):

* 13. Overall/Cumulative GPA:

* 14. Major GPA (grades in courses in your major only):

* 15. Grade Level (ex. junior, senior):

Please note: the following questions are about how many credit hours you plan to take.  A description of what those classes are is required as part of the designated resume format.

* 16. Anticipated Graduation Date (month/year):

* 17. How many credit hours of risk management or insurance courses have you taken thus far in your academic career?

* 18. How many credit hours of risk management or insurance courses do you plan to take in the remainder of your academic career?

* 19. Where did you hear about the internship program (select all that apply)?

* 20. Resume

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* 21. Essay

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* 22. Unofficial Transcripts

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If you have any questions about completing the WSIA internship program or about completing the application, please contact Christine Timmerman, Career Development Program Manager at WSIA, at chris@wsia.org or 816.799.0858.