In 2004, OIA’s Agents Resource Committee introduced the idea of creating an internship program to address the concern of attracting young professionals to the independent agency system and generating interest in insurance careers.
A task force was created to develop the program, and in 2006, the pilot internship program began with four interns from two Ohio colleges spending five weeks with an agency and five weeks with a company.
Fast-forward to today, and not only have 57 college students completed the program, but 46 percent of those students who have entered the workforce have accepted positions in Ohio's insurance sector.
To ensure this program can continue to make a difference for the independent agency system, the Foundation for the Advancement of Insurance Professionals was established to collect funds to be used to continue to provide financial support to OIA’s Internship Program.
With strong support from companies, OIA member agencies and various supporters, the Foundation is on its way to financial success.
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I just want to let you know that I recently accepted a job at State Auto as a Claims Central Specialist. I start on Monday and I am really excited. I am almost positive that I got this job because of my internship with OIA. I want to thank the OIA once again for giving me the experience that led me to this job and hopefully it will turn out to be a rewarding career! Thank you!
- Kerianne Averell, 2010 OIA Intern
Download the foundation's 2011 annual report.