A great way to bring more young people into the independent insurance industry is to provide internship opportunities in your agency. Not only does it give your agency some additional help for a few months, but it promotes the awesome career advantages that working as an independent agent offers. It’s also a great opportunity to get these top-notch students “in the door” before someone else does and take a risk-free look at a potential future employee.
"We had a great experience with our intern. We are actually looking to keep him on through next semester and then hopefully bring him on as a full-time employee after graduation. We will look to hire more interns in the future!" - Andy Sturge, Dexter Sturge Insurance, LLC in Charlotte
1. How do I get an intern in my agency?
Advertise your opening at the RMI Career Fairs!
IIANC attends the RMI Career Fairs at App State, ECU and UNCC each fall and spring semester. If your agency is committed to providing an internship opportunity during the summer, submit your information, and IIANC will advertise it at the Career Fairs. We’ll share your information with the students and also collect resumes from interested students to pass along to you.
2. But what do I do with an intern all summer?
Hosting an intern is made simple with the Agent’s Guide for Internships.
This guide walks you step by step through a 10 week summer internship so that you can provide a learning experience that is beneficial to both the student and your agency. The guide can be customized for your specific agency but it takes all of the guesswork out of what projects, responsibilities and training should be part of the internship. Included are sample interview forms and evaluations, orientation schedules, intern assignments and more.
3. How do I fund a paid internship?
Grants are available to help with the costs associated with a paid internship.
Thanks to funding from the IIANC Education Foundation, IIANC will be offering grants of up to $1,000 to assist IIANC member agencies in offering paid internships in 2019. The deadline to apply for a grant is April 18, and winners will be notified by May 1. See the application for guidelines on the internship grant program.