Gannon Student Accepted Into Highly Competitive Summer Internship Program

Posted: March 3, 2015

Perhaps it was inevitable that Carly Vicary would gravitate toward a career in the insurance industry. Her sister works at Erie's Vicary Insurance Agency, their father's firm.

But Vicary, a senior risk management major at Gannon University, has more than family connections propelling her career. She is the recipient of a summer internship and stipend from the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd. (NAPSLO), a professional trade association representing the surplus lines insurance industry and the wholesale insurance distribution system.

With more than 700 member firms from 1,500 offices, NAPSLO has broad national reach, but only 15 students are selected for the organization's internship program, none from a university with an enrollment as small as Gannon's.

The presence of a risk management major in the University's Dahlkemper School of Business gives Gannon a profile disproportionate to its size. Gannon is the only university in the region to incorporate environmental science into the risk management curriculum. Assessing the risk of losses due to changes in the environment is an increasingly urgent interest of the insurance industry.

Vicary hopes to use the opportunity to find her place in that industry. "I want to get the feel of different aspects of the insurance industry and I know that this internship will be perfect for achieving this," Vicary said.

Though she doesn't yet know which area will capture her interest, Vicary can pretty much count on a job without delay. More than half the participants in the NAPSLO internship program had job offers by the end of their nine-week summer program.

And that's a proposition that's virtually risk-free.