Sigma Chapter Intern Testimonials

Maros Januvka
Actuarial Science,
Spring 2017

Farmers of Salem
Salem NJ, USA

Provide a General Description of the Internship. Include daily tasks completed, the company and its employees, and any other information.
My day consisted mainly from work with excel. Couple times I had the opportunity to go out for a field trip with claims adjuster or a our marketing team, which was refreshing. They are pretty lenient about your arrival time to work, but it pretty much ranges from 7am-9am and then you work for 8 hours plus you are required to take a 30 minute lunch break.

Did you have a mentor?
Yes

If so, how did he/she help you during your internship?
My manager was my mentor and he was overseeing all the work that I was doing. I could approach him any time with any question that I had and he would take time to answer it. Moreover, he would come check on me couple times per day to see about my progress and if I needed help with anything. In addition, at the end of every other day we would have a meeting where we would further discuss my projects and assignments and we would talk about my progress.

Did you feel your RMI/AS classes better prepared you for the internship?
Yes, it allowed me to grasp the concepts at much higher speed and it is amazing to see how all this knowledge is being practically applied in the industry.

Interviewing/Hiring Process Comments:
I had one on campus interview with the HR representative and then I had a phone call with my future manager.

Were you assigned any special projects? If so please describe.
Yes, I had a lot of individual projects. Most of my projects where related to the work in excel. One of the projects was to build a credit model that would allow us to make necessary factor adjustments to a new credit tiers that we were going to apply. This allowed me to learn a lot about use of excel (including Macros and use of VBA). Secondly, I had a individual research project that was related to my field of interest and I had the opportunity to present it to the company's management team.

What were the supplemental benefits besides the pay? (Internship Lunches, Housing, Sports Games, Happy Hours, etc.)
They have birthday celebrations where they provide food and also my managers took the other intern and I out for a lunch multiple times.

Describe the company's internship program(atmosphere, work load, work, housing, outside work activities, etc.).
The atmosphere is very laid back in sense that you have time for you projects and you are not put under a time pressure. The office is very small so you get to know everyone and people there are extremely friendly and willing to help. I was never rejected by anyone when I came with a question and they always took as much time as I needed to understand a concept that I was asking about. It is a great place if you are looking for a good learning experience.

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

Were you provided time off besides the weekend?
Yes, they were very open to this. Sometimes I would leave earlier on Friday, or I would not come to work because I had to take an exam, or I got sick and had to skip the whole week and they would be completely fine with it as long as I let them know in advance.

If you had to relocate, describe the process of adapting to a new city.
The only disadvantage of this internship is that it is in a remote location and therefore you need to have a car or carpool in order to be able to get there. However, I was driving there daily from Philadelphia and it is a pretty short drive.

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