Sigma Chapter Intern Testimonials

Kelly Petrarca
Actuarial Science
Spring 2017

Philadelphia , PA

Provide a General Description of the Internship. Include daily tasks completed, the company and its employees, and any other information.
I was given one project to work on for the whole summer. The majority of my time was taken up by working on this project. About a quarter of my time was taken up by speaker series, case studies and technical trainings.

Did you have a mentor?

If so, how did he/she help you during your internship?
I had a mentor on my Intern Committee. They provided feedback on how we were doing with participation in the speaker series and other corporate events. We could ask them any questions about the summer or the hiring process, but they were mainly for feedback. I had another mentor outside of the Intern Committee. She was close to may age and was more of a peer mentor. She helped with questions about the transition from college to the workforce and other similar questions that we might not feel comfortable asking the Intern Committee since they had an influence in our hiring decision.

Did you feel your RMI/AS classes better prepared you for the internship?
I thought the material learned in my modeling classes was the most applicable especially the reserving material. Knowing insurance terms and abbreviations helped a lot, and basic knowledge of Excel made it easier when trying to learn Access and working with more advanced skills in Excel.

Interviewing/Hiring Process Comments:
I had an initial 10 minute interview with the recruiter at the intern reception, and then I had a second round on campus. The second interview lasted around a half hour and was mainly getting to know you questions with a few critical thinking questions like describing an actuarial concept to someone who does not know really anything about math or estimating the number of taxis in New York City. Then I had a super day. I went to Cigna's Philadelphia office for breakfast where I met my interview buddy, who just showed me around all day. After breakfast I had three 45 minute interviews, first with the AEDP program director and then other senior directors. Finally I had a lunch interview. It took only a few days to find out about the super day and about my internship offer. I had to apply online after my second round interview and then they sent my offer through their employee portal which I needed to accept online.

Were you assigned any special projects? If so please describe.
I had one side project that I worked on briefly throughout the summer. It was adding a new feature into Cigna's manual underwriting tool for their European/global healthcare business. I worked on the excel version of the underwriting tool and had to use both Access and VBA to complete the task.

What were the supplemental benefits besides the pay? (Internship Lunches, Housing, Sports Games, Happy Hours, etc.)
We had some work happy hours and went to a Phillies game. We were also given the opportunity to purchase one manual at Cigna's expense and were provided housing.

Describe the company's internship program(atmosphere, work load, work, housing, outside work activities, etc.).
The internship was a fun experience. Everyone was very approachable even people who were three or four levels above me. They were willing to answer any questions over coffee or go to lunch. The community was very close knit. We had trainings for both Excel and Access. We also had a speaker series which touched on all the different segments and roles within Cigna that actuaries typically hold. Finally there was a series of case competitions to help simulate real business situations that Cigna faces. There was definitely a steep learning curve but the work load was not unbearable and my manager was a great resource.

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

Were you provided time off besides the weekend?
We were not given time off because our internship was such a short period of time.

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

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