AmWINS Program Underwriters
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Cecelia Bruno

Major: Economics
Minor: Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Harriburg, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found my internship position advertised on the Nittany Lion Career Network this past winter. My advisers from Penn State had told me about this networking site and how it had many job and internship opportunities listed for students. I have secured two separate internships through this amazing resource for Penn State students.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience so far during my internship at AmWINS Program Underwriters has provided me with a wealth of knowledge about the insurance and underwriting industries. I truly believe that I have been fortunate enough to have found where my passions and skills could be combined to make a lasting career. The other AmWINS employees in my office are so knowledgeable about the industry, and they have been very welcoming and helpful to me the past several weeks. Every day is a new learning experience since the tasks are never the same. I believe this internship is a good fit for me, and I am hopeful to continue in this industry upon graduation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience will help me academically in many ways. First of all, this internship course allows me to earn academic credits, which will help me to get closer to my goal of graduating this upcoming May. By earning three credits this summer, that is three credits less I have to take in the fall or spring semester. By lightening my course load my final year, I will be able to be more productive in the classes I am enrolled in. This internship is also a very educational experience and provides me with knowledge I could never learn in a classroom. Learning from those in the industry is a great learning tool, and may also provide me with some helpful information for the courses I still have yet to take in my final year. This internship is truly the most productive and educational course I could possibly take during my time as a student at Penn State.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My current internship at AmWINS Program Underwriters has drastically impacted my goals and potential future career path. I never considered entering the insurance or underwriting industry after I graduated college, but since working at AmWINS, I believe it is the most likely path I will take. I am very hopeful to be able to work for AmWINS once I receive my degree. It is a wonderful company with talented employees. I enjoy my work and believe I am optimizing my skills, challenging myself daily, and making a difference in the community through my work. This internship is definitely helping me to network in the field I wish to pursue, which is a major step in helping me to reach my goals in the future.

I enjoy my work and believe I am optimizing my skills, challenging myself daily, and making a difference in the community through my work. 

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend to all students to secure an internship at some point in their college career. I truly believe it is the best way to learn and get a feel for the industry you could potentially be a part of in the future. It provides an educational experience a student can not get in a classroom. AmWINS Program Underwriters has been a good match for my skills and interests. It is a wonderful company to work for and has provided me with much information about the industry. I would recommend this particular internship to any determined student with an open mind about the insurance industry.

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