HR Solutions

Summer Internship Program

Recruit New Talent with OIA’s Summer Internship Program

The purpose of the internship program is to expose students (particularly business, marketing and entrepreneurial business majors in their junior or senior years of college) to careers in independent insurance agencies. The program will also include students at Community Colleges interested in exploring IA careers. 

Our goal is to raise visibility of the insurance industry and independent agency system among college students and to create interest in the industry as a career option for young professionals. 

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Agency Commitments 

  • Budget to pay intern $16/hr. (Student will be placed on agency payroll).  At ten weeks equals $6,400 before payroll taxes
  • Budget for intern to travel and spend one night in Columbus to participate in learning and social event 
  • Participate in the interview and selection of the intern for your agency 
  • Provide day to day oversight & management of the intern 
  • Provide equipment needed for intern to perform work (computer, systems access, desk etc.) 
  • Provide meaningful learning opportunities during the internship that provide a realistic and positive overview of careers within the Independent Agencies. Opportunities should include marketing efforts, non-licensed customer service work, exposure to personal/commercial lines, interactions/observations with carriers and clients 
  • Assign an internship host/mentor who will ensure a great experience for the intern 
  • If mutually beneficial, consider offering the intern a part-time work extension, additional internship next summer, or a full-time job offer 

OIA Commitments 

  • Provide overall organization and direction of the program 
  • Help agencies find interns by marketing internship opportunity and participating in college career fairs 
  • Coordinate internship interviews and program offers 
  • Be a resource to agencies for questions, concerns, and general support during the internship 
  • Be a resource to interns to provide mentorship and general support during the program 
  • Host educational and social activities to connect interns 
  • Provide a $500 Foundation scholarship for students upon successful completion of the program

Intern Commitments 

  • To have a sincere interest/openness to exploring a career in an Independent Agency 
  • To attend all intern program events (Orientation, Education, Social, Debrief) 
  • To complete a final presentation on their internship experience 

Intern Housing 

  • We will make a strong effort to match agencies with students local to their agency to avoid the additional expense of housing


Considering a Career in Insurance?

When it comes to career paths, insurance often gets forgotten. However, there aren’t many industries that have the job security, growth potential, and relationship building opportunities that the Independent Insurance Industry offers. Don’t take our word for it though, check out some testimonials from young agents who love working in the industry.

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Have Questions? Reach out to us!

If you have questions or would like to discuss the program, please contact Brian Lawrence, Director of HR Solutions at 614-552-3048 or fill out the form below.

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