Erie Insurance’s Future Focus internship program has been recognized for the third consecutive year as one of the insurance industry’s top 50 internship programs. The Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) list honors the best opportunities for college students to gain valuable experience in the insurance industry and at a Fortune 500 company. Erie Insurance’s program, which started over 20 years ago, offers paid and competitive internships across various career pathways.
“We’re excited that our Future Focus internship program has been recognized once again as a RISE Elite 50 best internship,” said JR Wilwohl, talent acquisition partner and Erie’s internship program coordinator. He further added, “Our interns share with us that our program offers a remarkable experience in the industry, and this award is a further demonstration of how much our interns and the teams they work with are invested in each other’s success.”
Erie’s Future Focus program has played a significant role in launching the careers of many current employees. It offers internships that provide relevant and real-world business experience, giving students an opportunity to learn and grow within the insurance industry. Additionally, the program is an excellent way for Erie Insurance to attract early career talent and promote diversity within its talent pool.
According to Jon O’Camb, talent acquisition manager at Erie, the internship program is one of the company’s largest opportunities to attract young talent and enhance diversity. O’Camb stated, “Our internship program is an extension of how ERIE values and celebrates diversity. Our talent pipeline is continuously growing through strong relationships with colleges and universities across ERIE’s footprint and connections made through ERIE’s affinity networks to help further reach candidates.” ERIE also encourages interns to participate in community service projects during their time with the company.
Mackenzie Cane, a 2023 customer service IT intern from Penn State University, shared her positive experience with Erie Insurance. She praised the company’s caring and supportive work environment, which went beyond her expectations. Cane said, “I wasn’t expecting to have co-workers who really cared about my well-being and asked if I had enough work, or if I was learning, or felt engaged in the community. That isn’t always the standard at other companies. So, to have a company that cares was surprising.”
In 2023, Erie Insurance welcomed over 100 interns from 50 different colleges and universities. These interns worked in various departments, including IT, Underwriting, Risk Control, Actuarial, Data, Sales & Marketing, Claims, Finance, and more.
RISE Professionals, the organization that releases the Elite 50 internships list, supports young professionals in building successful careers in the insurance industry. They offer resources such as networking opportunities, mentorship programs, training, scholarships, and leadership development.
To learn more about Erie’s Future Focus internship program, interested individuals can visit erieinsurance.com/careers/intern.
About Erie Insurance:
Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Erie Insurance Group is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in the United States. With a history dating back to 1925, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia. They offer homeowners, automobile, and commercial lines insurance and have received an A+ rating (Superior) from A.M. Best.
Overall, Erie Insurance continues to provide exceptional internship opportunities for college students, allowing them to gain valuable experience and set a solid foundation for their careers in the insurance industry.