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RMI Mentorship Program
The Atlanta RIMS Chapter and the Georgia CPCU Chapter are working cooperatively with representatives from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University to create a dynamic new mentor program. Last year was the ninth year for this program and the feedback from both industry and student participants was very favorable. We are now ready to accept our 10th class of mentors and mentees.
The program’s stated objective is:
“to prepare risk management students to become future business leaders by linking them with senior risk management and insurance mentors who have taken that path and are committed to sharing with the next generation.”
So, if you would like to learn more about the profession from an experienced industry professional, you are well suited as a mentee for this program. More information concerning expectations and time commitments is found below.
This seventh mentorship class will be limited to between 20 and 30 student participants. We anticipate expanding the program in the future so all interested students can participate.
Interested students should complete the RMI Mentorship Program Application.
RMI Mentorship Program Guidelines
Atlanta RIMS Chapter and Georgia CPCU Chapter with Georgia State University and the University of Georgia
The program's objective is to prepare risk management students to become future business leaders by linking them with senior risk management and insurance mentors who have taken that path and are committed to sharing with the next generation.
Mentee Qualifications and Responsibilities:
- The program is open to junior and senior risk management majors in good academic standing, with specific interest in risk management, insurance brokerage or underwriting
- Commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month for initial 6-month term
- Agree to submit brief report on Mentee Activities to faculty advisor at end of 6-month term
- Able to commute to Atlanta metro area
Mentor Qualifications and Responsibilities:
- Any risk management and insurance professional with a minimum of 5 years experience
- Consider yourself a good teacher
- Support at least one Mentee (could have more if you wish to dedicate the time)
- Commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month per Mentee for initial 6-month term
- Make initial contact with your assigned mentee
- Agree to submit brief report on Mentor Activities to RIMS/CPCU at end of 6-month term
- Either party can terminate the relationship at any time
- Appropriate, professional behavior is expected and required
- Accountability is a must; keep your promise and meet your commitments
- The relationship is based on trust and confidentiality
- Breakfast/lunch/dinner meetings
- Internal/external business meetings with other members of the mentor's company
- Corporate tours
- Corporate social events such as company picnics; annual parties
- Involvement in corporate civic/volunteer programs
- Professional seminars; industry meetings
- Mock interviews
- Incorporating the mentor in class projects
- Resume review
- Structured activity as part of formal RIMS or CPCU functions
- Self-identification of Mentor via RIMS or CPCU
- Self-identification of Mentee to faculty advisor
- Faculty advisor matches Mentee to Mentor
- Long range: Online registration via University/RIMS/CPCU website
- Two hours per month for initial 6-month term
- Mentor/Mentee survey
- Participant feedback
RMI Internship Program
The University of Georgia’s Risk Management and Insurance program offers students the chance to simultaneously earn money, obtain experience, gain crucial practical knowledge that cannot be learned through coursework, and earn credit toward a degree. Intern sponsors often find the students to be real assets and some even offer them full-time positions upon graduation. Both small and large corporations all over the United States have participated in the program. (Employers wishing to provide an internship please visit the Internship Placement page.)
Students interested in an internship should read the information below very carefully.
In order to qualify for an internship, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Risk Management and Insurance major with at least 60 earned hours prior to the term in which you will be working and enrolled for internship credit.
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
- Have successfully completed RMIN 4000 with a grade of
C or better.
For an internship to qualify, it must provide:
- Relevant work experience in your area of study.
- Compensation of at least $8.00/hour.
- At least 150 hours of work for 3 hours credit and at least 300 hours of work for 6 hours credit.
Obtaining an internship:
You should make every effort to find your own position at the beginning of the semester before you wish to intern for credit. Internship opportunity information sent to the department will be posted to the RMININFO listserv. ALL students are strongly encouraged to register with DAWGlink in order have access to employment information provided through the Career Center. If you take a job through a lead generated by the department (including those listed on DAWGlink), you must register for course credit.
After obtaining an internship, you must:
- Complete the online Job Confirmation Form.
- Register for RMIN 4800. Please allow at least 3 working days after you submit your job confirmation form for registration eligibility. You will receive an email from your academic advisor as soon as you are cleared to register for RMIN 4800. You may enroll for either 3 or 6 hours credit. You must work at least 150 hours for 3 hours credit and at least 300 hours for 6 hours credit. As with any course in which you receive academic credit, you will need to pay tuition for these hours.
Internship Coursework Requirements (due after completing your internship):
(For specific information on the internship requirements, please refer to the course syllabus. The information provided below is for reference purposes only.)
- Photograph of you with your employer’s sign
- One page summary
- Journal of daily activities
- Paper analyzing your employer and your activities during your internship
- Supervisor evaluation - The department will request this information from your supervisor upon completion of your internship.
- If you are scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester in which you are enrolled in your internship, all materials must be submitted to the Department Office in 206 Brooks Hall no later than 5:00 pm on the last day of classes for that semester.
- If you are not scheduled to graduate and you do not need a grade reported for any other reason by the end of the semester in which you are enrolled in your internship, all materials must be submitted to the Department Office, 206 Brooks Hall, no later than 5:00 pm on the midpoint of the semester after the one in which you are enrolled in RMIN 4800. Spring interns must have their materials in to the department by the mid-point of the Summer Thru Session. You will receive a grade of incomplete (
I) until all of your materials are received and graded. All pertinent dates can be found on the academic calendar.
The department encourages students taking examinations leading to one or more professional designations . Several of these exams can be taken while students are enrolled in college. Subject to availability of funds, the department reimburses students for the exam fees (at student rates) of some of the exams passed while the students are enrolled as majors.
Note: Most exam series also have matriculation fees that must be paid prior to taking the first exam; matriculation fees are not reimbursed by the department.
The following programs, which are described in detail in individual booklets available in 206 Brooks are possible designations students may consider:
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
This program, consisting of 8 exams, is administered by the American Institute for CPCU. It is appropriate for students who want to pursue a career in either risk management or the property and liability insurance industry. The departmental course RMIN 5530 is designed to help students pass CPCU 551 of the CPCU exams, RMIN 5540 covers the material for CPCU 552, and RMIN 5570 covers the material for CPCU 520.
In addition, LEGL 2700, MGMT 3000, and ECON 2105 and 2106 are useful in preparing for other CPCU exams. Please note that exams can be taken in any order desired by the student—it is not necessary to take the exams in any particular numerical sequence. The department provides exam fee reimbursement for students who pass any of the CPCU exams.
Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
The Associate in Risk Management offered by the Insurance Institute of America is a three-part series designed for individuals who anticipate working in corporate risk management or brokerage. RMIN 5950 is very helpful in preparing for ARM 54 and to a lesser degree ARM 55. The department provides exam fee reimbursement for students who pass any of the ARM exams.
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
The CLU designation has traditionally been the mark of professionalism for individuals working in life insurance marketing. Recent revisions to the CLU program now make it suitable not only for students who intend to concentrate in life insurance but also for those who will be involved in additional areas of financial planning. The CLU program consists of 8 exams; students have some limited choice regarding the exams they take, depending on their intended areas of future specialization.
As with the CPCU exams, some courses at The University of Georgia are helpful in preparing for CLU exams, although none of the courses are specifically designed for this purpose. The department provides exam fee reimbursement for students who pass any of the CLU exams. Please visit The American College website for more information on the CLU designation.
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
The ChFC exam series is designed for persons interested in coordinating comprehensive financial plans for both businesses and individuals. The ChFC series consists of 8 exams. However, individuals who already hold the CLU designation can also obtain the ChFC designation by taking only an additional three exams. The department provides exam fee reimbursement for students who pass any of the ChFC exams. Please visit The American College website for more information on the ChFC designation.
Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
The CEBS Program is an 8-part series designed for individuals who will work with employee benefits. Note that many risk managers are responsible for their corporations' employee benefit plans. Students who do well in RMIN 5110 should be able to pass Parts l and 2 of the CEBS exams after a modest amount of extra reading. The department provides exam fee reimbursement for students who pass any of the CEBS exams.
Designations are available through LOMA (Life Office Management Association).
LOMA (Life Office Management Association) offers various designations that are helpful for insurance and financial industry professionals as well as students who are interested in furthering their knowledge prior to entering the financial services industry. Some of the designations offered through LOMA are:
- FFSI (Fellow, Financial Services Institute)
- FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute)
- ACS (Associate, Customer Service)
- AAPA (Associated, Annuity Products and Administration)
- AIAA (Associate, Insurance Agency Administration)
Designations are available through the Academy for Healthcare Management.
The Academy for Healthcare Management offers industry-wide educational programs focusing on the unique complexities associated with managed healthcare. Their programs focus on cross-training in all areas of managed care. The designations offered are through a two-tiered program. One would first complete the introductory program and achieve their Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM) designation. The advanced program would lead to the Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management (FAHM) designation.
Undergraduate Student Services
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