Sigma Chapter Intern Testimonials

Fiona Spinelli
Risk Management,
Spring 2018

Reliance Standard Life Insurance
Philadelphia PA, USA

Provide a General Description of the Internship. Include daily tasks completed, the company and its employees, and any other information.
I worked 7.5 hours each day in the Underwriting Department on the Renewal team. I did actual underwriting and both manually and experience rated policies that were up for renewal. I evaluated their individual risks and decided on renewal positions which I then would relay to Sales Representatives.

Did you have a mentor?

If so, how did he/she help you during your internship?
My boss was also my mentor. He helped in every way possible and taught me everything that I now know about underwriting.

Did you feel your RMI/AS classes better prepared you for the internship?
Yes, RMI 3501 prepared me for this internship. Each underwriter was shocked at how much we already knew about life and disability insurance before starting work.

Interviewing/Hiring Process Comments:
One interview in their office. I sat with each of the 3 AVPs for about 30 minutes each and it was a very laid-back interview.

Were you assigned any special projects? If so please describe.
I had a few projects where I was expected to analyze data through excel. A big project that I worked on had to do with Doctor/Lawyer groups and the trends that I could find dealing with their coverage amounts and claims.

What were the supplemental benefits besides the pay? (Internship Lunches, Housing, Sports Games, Happy Hours, etc.)
Happy hours, lunches, dinner.

Describe the company's internship program(atmosphere, work load, work, housing, outside work activities, etc.).
There was about two weeks of formal training in underwriting. After that we started from the basics and built our way up from there.

Was the internship what you expected after the interviewing/hiring process?

Were you provided time off besides the weekend?
I requested two Mondays off and it was not a problem

If you had to relocate, describe the process of adapting to a new city.

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