Staffing continues to be a major challenge for independent insurance agencies and companies. Managers regularly point to the difficulty in finding qualified, motivated employees – and to their struggle in drawing those talents to an industry not necessarily known as sexy or exciting. When they do find the "right" person, they spend significant time and money training those new employees, only to have to repeat the process when things do not work out.
You can break this disappointing cycle through the strategic use of interns. A quality internship program will enable you to attract bright and ambitious young people – and identify those you want to keep for the long term without making a large financial investment.
These internship guides will discuss the important elements of internships, specific tasks within an agency for an intern, guidelines for students and provide you with a framework for developing your own intern program.
Agency Guide to Internships will walk you through issues of compensation, credit, and legal implications – and provide you with a framework for developing your own intern program. Included is a template that can be customized with your agency or company name, and provided to your new intern to clearly articulate his/her internship program.
Agency Internship Guide by Position recommends tasks for different positions within the agency. There are suggestions for both high school and college-level students to work in your office. We hope this guide offers useful ideas and opens up opportunities for students to explore the many different career options within the insurance industry. If you are unfamiliar with how to start an internship, please refer to the InVEST 'Agency Internship Guide.'
Teacher Guide to Internships is designed to help teachers and school administrators prepare their students for the internship experience.