Sigma Chapter Intern Testimonials

Riana Schvarzman
Risk Management & Insurance
Spring 2017

Trion
Conshohoken , PA

Provide a General Description of the Internship. Include daily tasks completed, the company and its employees, and any other information.
Some of my main tasks included: spreadsheet renewals and alternatives for clients, market lines of coverage including Medical/Rx, Dental, Vision and Life/Disability, perform disruption/discount analyses to determine the impact of a vendor change, conduct demographic analyses, etc.

Did you have a mentor?
Yes

If so, how did he/she help you during your internship?
He helped me by not only explaining each of my tasks thoroughly, but also by going over background information and the reasoning behind Trion's processes and procedures. This allowed me to understand the tasks I was completing more efficiently.

Did you feel your RMI/AS classes better prepared you for the internship?
Yes. My RMI classes have me a core understanding of benefits terms and hot topics in the industry. This helped me understand discussions that occurred in internal meetings. I could also focus on asking more big picture questions rather than basic questions about what everything means.

Interviewing/Hiring Process Comments:
The first round interview was held at the Gamma Iota Sigma career reception on Temple's campus. The following week I had an on-campus interview - one half hour round with 2 Trion employees and another half hour round with 2 other Trion employees. During the interview I was asked about my previous internship, my skills and behavioral questions. I received the offer within the next 48 hours after the second round interview.

Were you assigned any special projects? If so please describe.
My manager recently was assigned a new client that had a complicated benefits structure. His goal was to revamp the client's entire benefits arrangement. I was in charge of putting together and sending RFP's for Medical/Rx, Vision, Dental and LI/DI. I collected all of the proposals and spread the alternatives. I also conducted analyses to determine the strength of each vendor's network. This allowed me to see the RFP process from beginning to end and have a full understanding of how vendors are analyzed.

What were the supplemental benefits besides the pay? (Internship Lunches, Housing, Sports Games, Happy Hours, etc.)
Lunch and learns almost every week, free food, Phillies games and invitations to happy hours.

Describe the company's internship program(atmosphere, work load, work, housing, outside work activities, etc.).
Trion has a very laid-back and warm environment. A majority of the underwriting department are Temple alumni, so many people start with having something in common. I felt comfortable asking any employee questions as everyone was very helpful and open. The internship program itself was structured, yet I still felt like a true employee rather than an intern. We had weekly lunch and learns and were taken to the Phillies game. We were invited to outside speaker series where we learned about business etiquette, customer service, effective listening and more. I always had a balanced workload where I did not feel too stressed, yet I kept busy.

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

Were you provided time off besides the weekend?
I ended the internship a few days early to take a vacation.

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

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