MEEKER I University of Louisiana—Monroe Risk Management and Insurance majors Lexie Meszaros and Lauren Lewis have been selected for the prestigious National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd, (NAPSLO) summer 2016 internship program.
Meszaros’ parents live in Meeker, where her father, Scott, is the town administrator.
NAPSLO annually awards paid summer internships to college students interested in a career in the surplus lines industry. This nine-week opportunity offers students experience in the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace by working with actual risks and learning alongside leaders in the industry.
The internship program was created to attract new talent to the surplus lines insurance industry.
Students work five weeks for a NAPSLO member insurance carrier and four weeks with a NAPSLO member wholesale brokerage firm. Interns gain experience in all areas, including: underwriting, claims, accounting, marketing, and regulatory compliance. Much of the work is hands-on, actually dealing with risks that may receive coverage by the firms, and many interns are assigned special projects by their host firms dealing with particular lines of business or future ventures and programs. Additionally, interns are given access to many levels of leadership at the firm; many meet the presidents or CEOs of their organization during their internship tenure.
Meszaros will intern with James River Insurance in Richmond, Va., and with Benchmark Management Group and Specialty Lines Underwriters in Naperville, Ill.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to further explore the surplus lines,” Meszaros said. “I know the experiences I gain from the NAPSLO internship will be just as rewarding as my education at UL-M has been.”