"Zurich has also given me the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the insurance industry and my team has supported my education by guiding me through things that I didn't understand when I was first introduced to the field."
– Morgan Steadwell, Class of 2017

Meet Morgan Steadwell from Jersey City, New Jersey. Morgan is a Business Honors Program (BHP) and Phforzheimer Honors College student on our NYC Campus, majoring in Finance, with a minor in Economics. Morgan is a member of P.A.C.E. Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, BHP Student Advisory Board and the recipient of the President Stephen J. Friedman Endowed Scholarship. She also works as a Pace University Student Assistant and Tour Guide for the NYC Welcome Center.

Where are you interning this summer?
Zurich North America

What have you been working on at your internship? Has it sparked an interest in a career/area of study you hadn't already thought about?
I am currently an Underwriting Intern for Zurich's Diversified Financial Group (DFG) working on the Regional Financial Services (RFS) team. I gather information on community banks and financial institutions that my company is currently looking to underwrite insurance policies for. I analyze financial statements and do research on a financial institution's merger and acquisition activity as well as their director and officer history. In addition, I am building a portfolio for the different accounts my team has been working on for this calendar year. Prior to this internship I was not sure what the world of insurance was like, however, now that I have gained more information about the field I have come to really enjoy underwriting. It combines two things that I like to do—talk to people, in our case brokers, and perform financial analysis and research.

Do you believe your internship experience has helped to prepare you for your future?
I think that my experience at Zurich has given me the chance to perform tasks that I only learned about doing in school and that has allowed me to build on my current skill-set. By exercising what I have been learning in school I have strengthened my ability to analyze data and financials both efficiently and effectively—something that I'll need to know how to do in any position I hold in the future. Zurich has also given me the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the insurance industry and my team has supported my education by guiding me through things that I didn't understand when I was first introduced to the field.

Any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships?
My advice is to be open to all sorts of internships, even if you think you're interested in investment banking, taking an internship in marketing is not a bad thing. Testing the waters is what internships are for. Some people know what they want to do from day one, others have no idea, but you never know when you can come across your passion. Don't hesitate to apply for all different sorts of internships because experience is never a bad thing.

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