Rachel Somerford, a junior at the University of North Texas, and Claude Mueller, a junior at Florida State University, NAPSLO interns in 2008, have been selected by NAPSLO for additional internships in London and Bermuda in 2009.
Each summer NAPSLO selects students from around the country for its internship program. Out of 80 applicants in 2008, Somerford and Mueller were two of 15 interns selected for the internships. Of the 15 interns, seven were selected to attend the NAPSLO Annual Convention in San Diego where the interns had many opportunities to interact with individuals representing the Excess and Surplus Lines industry. After an interview process at the NAPSLO convention, the Internship Committee selected Somerford and Mueller as the 2008 top interns.
Rachel was selected as the J.H. Blades Scholar and will receive a 3-week internship in London and will intern with Miller. Claude was selected as the first recipient of the new Bermuda Scholarship sponsored by NAPSLO and will intern with Crump International in Hamilton.
With the additional internship opportunities, NAPSLO provides airfare and a stipend for the students to spend three weeks learning about the London or Bermuda insurance market with selected hosts. While this is the first Bermuda internship, NAPSLO has sponsored an internship in London since 1984.
NAPSLO established the Internship Program in 1981 to interest students in the Surplus Lines Industry, which handles unique, unusual, or hard to place risks. Since its inception more than 200 students have participated in the program and over half of the former interns are currently working in the insurance industry and many are employed by NAPSLO member firms.