Executive Vice President
(Immediate Past President)
Dr. RB Drennan
Dr. Karen Epermanis
The Ohio Dominican University Chartering is Days Away!
Welcome Beta Omega!
The Beta Omega Chapter chartering is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Chapter President Alison Baker at
or Grace Grant at
. Congrats ODU!
Do You Need Money to Pay for School? Apply today!
There are many scholarship opportunities available for stu
dents studying to pursue careers in insurance. See below for application and deadline information for upcoming opportunities.
Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarship: January 31
GIS Features Industry Opportunities:
Don't miss out on these great opportunities, apply today!
heck out the GIS
, the only centralized location for you to search through and apply for
internship and entry-level opportunities across the industry.
Employers can also search through student profiles, so be sure to get
your resume on there!
This is an exclusive benefit for Gamma Iota Sigma members
to be seen by companies and organizations who are actively recruiting and to apply for internships and jobs. Don't miss out!
Below are just a sample of some of the opportunities that await you in the Career Center. Go to
for additional opportunities!
- Commercial Product Summer Internship: Nationwide, Columbus, Ohio
- Personal Lines Product Summer Intern: Nationwide, Des Moines, Iowa
- Associate Account Manager Training Program: Lockton Companies, Kansas City, Kansas
- Associate, Technology and Data Leadership Development Program: The Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
- Actuarial and Analytics Leadership Development Program: Travelers, Hartford, Connecticut
- Marine Underwriting: Swiss Re, New York, New York
- International Graduate Trainee Programme - Underwriting Track: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey
- 2017 Lockton Summer Associate Program: Lockton Companies, Kansas City, Kansas
Society of Actuaries Webcast
December 8, 2016 - Predictive Analytics for Future Actuaries
Predictive Analytics for Future Actuaries
You've heard a lot about this-big data and predictive analytics are often talked about topics. The Society of Actuaries (SOA) has included predictive analytics in its new ASA curriculum. Do you know how actuaries are working with predictive models? What skills actuaries need to accomplish a predictive analytics project? And how you can prepare for a career in this emerging area?
On Dec. 8, from Noon-1:30 p.m. ET, the SOA Candidate Connect Webcast:
Predictive Analytics for Future Actuaries
will explore the important role actuaries play in predictive analytics and data analysis and the opportunities these fields bring to the profession.
This interactive webcast will have a Q&A session where you can submit your questions to the presenters in real time, or you can submit your questions in advance at
Registration is free,
by December 6!
Practical Tips to Find an Actuarial Job
You've read the articles and best job listings that rank actuary as one of the best jobs, majored in actuarial science and are looking forward to a great career in this wonderful profession. But wait! What happened to the line of employers looking for graduates? How do you realistically enter the actuarial field and start your career? What skills will give you the advantage in a buyer's market; and what alternatives are available if you are not successful in the first round?
A panel of experts brought their insider insights as recruiters, hiring managers and actuaries to discuss these topics during the Society of Actuaries Candidate Connect webcast "How Do I Get a Job?" on Sept. 30.
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Xi Chapter at University of Connecticut
On October 16, the Xi Chapter gathered for a creative and generous community service project. The students went apple picking, then donated the apples to a local food bank. Thank you, Xi, for sharing photos of the event, and great job giving back!
Are you interested being considered for the Student Spotlight?
If you are interested in being featured on social media, newsletters, or other GIS communications, please fill out the form in the link below! Thank you!
"Soak up every bit of information that you can and don't take the beginning of your career for granted. "
Why did you join GIS, and what benefits did you experience through your participation in the organization?
Traci Smith, Underwriter Trainee, Markel Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ
Alma Mater: Appalachian State University
Major: Risk Management & Insurance
Graduation Date: May 2016
I joined GIS as a sophomore after transferring into the business school from the Actuarial Science department. Before changing my major, GIS offered me the opportunity to attend a RIMS Shadow Day where I would spend a day in the city shadowing a risk manager. I had an incredible experience learning about the day-to-day life of a Risk Management professional.
As I learned about all of the opportunities provided to students through local GIS chapters, I couldn't imagine turning down such a great opportunity! In the last 2 years of my college career, I attended 10+ conferences, held 2 internships, served on the board for a Surplus Lines Association, and eventually interviewed for my current job- all through connections afforded by GIS!
What advice would you give to students considering joining GIS?
Stop considering, and just do it!
The opportunities far outweigh any hesitation about commitment that you may have. There are an immeasurable amount of internships, jobs, and connections to be made in the world. Starting to build that network while you are in college could be one of the best decisions of your career.
What advice would you give to students wishing to pursue a career in the insurance industry?
I would give two pieces of advice. First, take advantage of every opportunity afforded to you. You never know who you might meet if you agree to go to that happy hour, guest speaker, or social. You could end up talking to your future boss.
And second, always hold tight to the connections you make. When you meet someone at an event or an interview- send a follow up email or handwritten note if appropriate. If they have asked you to let them know how your summer internship went- let them know! Never burn a bridge and stay connected to the relationships you create.
How has your career been impacted by your college and alumni involvement in GIS?
Had I not been involved with GIS during college, I would not be where I am today with my current job! I met so many wonderful people through the GIS International conference as well as the events I attended through my local chapters. Industry professionals really do want to invest in our career development. Meeting so many wonderful people led me to the career I have today..
Is there any advice you wished you had before graduating college with regards to the insurance industry, GIS, or your career path?
Be patient and be thorough. As a brand new college graduate, not everyone can be expected to be in a top-level, glamorous position on day one. Take the time to get to know your company and the role that you are training for. Spend time with other professionals and ask tons of questions. Soak up every bit of information that you can and don't take the beginning of your career for granted. Now is the time to build a solid foundation and meet some incredible people.
Calling All GIS Graduates!
Alumni and alumni to be, please take a few minutes to fill out the
Alumni Update Form
. Help us to stay in touch with you, and keep you in the loop on all things GIS!
There are many ways to stay involved as an alumnus of GIS, and by providing your new information we can keep you informed with newsletters, e-mails and about important information and upcoming events. We look forward to watching your careers grow!
The New York City GIS Alumni Council hosted a Fall Happy Hour at Revival Bar at 129 E. 15th St. in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 19. Their invite and a photo from the event are shown above. Congratulations on a great turnout and exciting group event!
Students, please consider joining one of our alumni chapters if you are looking to continue your involvement with our organization upon graduation. Our alumni chapters are growing in current cities and expanding into new cities. We are looking for alumni who would like to be involved in starting new chapters in new locations!
For more information on the GIS Alumni Council, please contact one of the regional chapter leaders below or Alumni Council President, Jake Timmins at Jake.Timmins@rtspecialty.com or Vice President, Sabrina Hanitz at Sabrina.Hanitz@AIG.com for information on starting a chapter in your area! You can also visit the Alumni Council Webpage to contact your local leaders.
#GammaIS Insuring Your Future
Interested in a career in insurance? Not sure how or where to start, or what the right fit for you might be?
Be sure to check out the Career Resources Hub, a
widely collaborative effort spearheaded by GIS in partnership with trade groups and professional associations to avail the industry's collective resources to YOU, the next generation of insurance professionals!
Through a combination of dedicated career path pages, career tools, roadmaps, surveys, and quizzes, the Career Resources section will introduce you to many different insurance industry careers and provide you with resources to help you find your fit. Not only can you access valuable career planning and professional development resources, you can also learn about the organizations offering these resources.
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GIS Online Merchandise Store
GIS has partnered with an online vendor to conveniently provide customized Gamma merchandise to you such as polo shirts, fleeces, pins, padfolios, table cloths, coffee mugs, and graduation stoles.
Check out the site at the link below to order your Gamma Merchandise today!
The GIS Pom-Pom shirts that were so popular at the Annual Conference will be coming soon to the Merchandise Store! Stay tuned!
Gamma Iota Sigma Merchandise Store