The Risk Management and Insurance program in the College of Business offers an excellent classroom education for students pursuing careers in risk management and insurance. Additionally, the Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management sponsors outstanding experiences outside the classroom to further develop our students through engagement and interaction in the corporate sector.
Insurance is interesting once you realize that you people and businesses can not fully take advantage of their world and the many opportunities presented them without understanding how they can be protected from risks associated with these opportunities. Every time a new risk emerges presenting a new problem, a new opportunity exists for talented insurance professionals to solve this risk problem. Insurance is both local and global and having this broad perspective makes it more interesting. The Katie School works with students with broad interests and skills and helps them to develop those and better understand how to apply them to risk management and insurance industry.
If you are considering a career in risk management and insurance, please view a brief presentation on Reasons to Think About a Career in Insurance. Insurance carriers, insurance agencies and brokerages, typically make up more than half of the job growth within the industry job sector.
As a Katie School student, many resources are available such as internship, career, professional mentoring, and networking opportunities; on-campus experience opportunities, posting your resume on the Katie School website, scholarships, the Katie School Library located in SFHB 429, and more.
If you are interested in the Actuarial Science major, it is offered through the Department of Mathematics.
The Katie School of Insurance attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the country. Throughout their terms at Illinois State University and within the Katie School of Insurance, these students are often recognized for their outstanding achievements within the college, at the university, and at the industry-wide level.
Many former students attribute the Katie School with a major role in their successes by providing students with opportunities to build their professional skills, leadership experience, and exposure within the industry. These high-achieving students speak for the exceptional quality of education provided by Illinois State University and the Katie School of Insurance.
The Katie School encourages students to attend industry conferences including the RIMS Conference, PLRB Conference, the WSIA Symposium, the IMUA Conference, the NRRA Annual Meeting, the CPCU Annual Meeting, and the Surplus Lines Insurance Symposium at Troy University. These opportunities allow students to network with industry professionals, attend educational sessions, and visit with industry providers about the latest products and services. The students hone their business and social etiquette skills during the various professional and social gatherings during the meetings.
Additionally, student officers in the Gamma Iota Sigma insurance fraternity attend the fraternity's President's Conference and the Annual International Management Conference each year. There they are able to interact with peers studying insurance and risk management at universities around the country along with recruiters and industry professionals.
Students are strongly encouraged to experience internships which offer college credit for real-world, on the job experience. Internships are available during the fall, spring, or summer sessions and enable a student to witness first-hand professional settings and acquire business experience.
There are also opportunities to intern at London, Bermuda, and Zurich for an international internship.
The industry is an important component of the Katie School and numerous industry professionals speak to classes and share experiences with students and faculty. Over 150 companies recruit students on our campus each year offering career and internship opportunities.
Scholarships provided by companies and organizations are awarded to outstanding insurance majors and minors, with more than $150,000 awarded annually.
Gamma Iota Sigma is the professional Insurance Fraternity in the College of Business. It is available to any student interested in pursuing a career in the industry and is open to all majors and minors.
The College of Business Toastmasters Club provides the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills and is available to all students at Illinois State University.