Internships and Hiring Resources

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We often hear from IIANC members about the need for qualified help in their agencies. Combine that with the loss of the agency workforce as more Baby Boomers reach retirement age and there is a real concern among independent agencies about finding and hiring staff. But, help may be closer than you think. 

The future of the insurance industry in North Carolina is bright with the promising students enrolled in the Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) programs at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte. These RMI programs produce qualified, knowledgeable graduates every year. So the real question is - how do we get them to enter the independent agency workforce?

This is where IIANC is helping! We’ve built strong partnerships with the RMI programs through scholarships, regularly speaking at RMI classes/programs, having students attend our conferences for networking with member agents, and more. We share job openings and internships with our member agencies with the RMI students. And resources like an internship guide and grants are available to help agencies host successful internships. 

But, this is where we need your help! If your agency is willing to host an intern or has a full-time job opening suitable for an RMI graduate, let IIANC know! We will promote these opportunities to students.  Help us, help you, recruit bright, talented students to careers in independent agencies!

See below to learn more about the IIANC resources available to help your agency with providing an internship or advertising full-time job openings.

Questions? Contact Natalie Simpson at nsimpson@iianc.com or 888-277-6340.

Agency Internships

A great way to bring more young people into the independent insurance industry is to provide internship opportunities in your agency.  Not only does it give your agency some additional help for a few months, but it promotes the awesome career advantages that working as an independent agent offers. It’s also a great opportunity to get these top-notch students “in the door” before someone else does and take a risk-free look at a potential future employee.  

1. How do I get an intern in my agency?

Attend an RMI Career Fair and meet students at App State, ECU and/or UNCC! 

If your agency is committed to providing an internship opportunity during the summer or coming school year, we invite you to reach out to the RMI programs at App State, ECU and UNCC.  If you would like to meet students face to face and promote your agency's internship (and/or full-time job openings), the RMI Programs host Career Fairs each semester.


2. But what do I do with an intern all summer?
Hosting an intern is made simple with the Agent’s Guide for Internships.  
This guide walks you step by step through a 10 week summer internship so that you can provide a learning experience that is beneficial to both the student and your agency. The guide can be customized for your specific agency but it takes all of the guesswork out of what projects, responsibilities and training should be part of the internship. Included are sample interview forms and evaluations, orientation schedules, intern assignments and more.
 
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IIABA's Invest Program also offers numerous FREE internship guides that are available to you on their website. Click here to access them.
3. How do I fund a paid internship?

Grants are available to help with the costs associated with a paid internship. 
Thanks to funding from the IIANC Education Foundation, IIANC is offering a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 to assist IIANC member agencies in offering paid internships this year. The deadline to apply for a 2022 grant is June 1 (funds are available on a first come, first served basis; IIANC reserves the right to stop accepting grant applications should funding run out.) 

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We also offer an additional internship opportunity - our HBCU Diversity Internship Scholarship Grant. Also funded by the IIANC Education Foundation, this internship offers a limited number of grants of up to $2,000 for those agencies who hire an intern from a HBCU (Historically Black College & University.) Funds are available on a first come, first served basis; IIANC reserves the right to stop accepting grant applications should funding run out.

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Job Openings 

If your agency has job openings, IIANC can help you publicize them to qualified agents and potential job prospects in a variety of ways. 
1. Attend RMI Career Fairs
The RMI Programs host Career Fairs each semester, and it's a great opportunity for you to showcase your agency and meet face-to-face with talented students seeking employment after graduation. Contact App State, ECU and UNC-Charlotte directly to learn more.
2. Post on IIANC’s Career Clipboard 
The Career Clipboard is a job posting service available exclusively to IIANC member agencies. This valuable member benefit is free and allows agencies to share job openings around the state. You can also view posted resumes of agents looking for employment. There is a section for agencies looking to buy/sell as well. 
 
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3. Use Big "I" Hires
Big "I" Hires is a one-stop resource for independent insurance agencies to identify top-performing Producers and CSRs. Tools are available to recruit, assess, train and retain top talent with a few simple clicks. The program is available to Big "I" members only. You will need your IIABA member ID and password to access the program.  
 
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