Funding from Travelers supports insurance-related career opportunities

September 29, 2023

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Quinnipiac has received funding for the 2023-2024 academic year from Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance, to support opportunities for students who are interested in the insurance industry.

“We have had a strong relationship with Quinnipiac over the years and have seen a lot of talent come from their programs,” said Bruce Soltys, vice president of human resources, emerging talent at Travelers. “We’re pleased to further our partnership and raise awareness about the many career paths within insurance.”

Quinnipiac Associate Vice President for Corporate Partnerships Michael Kassa said the funding supports an important segment of the student population and creates a number of opportunities for Travelers to engage with Quinnipiac students as they consider their future careers.

Spread across several areas, the funding will help the university migrate to Handshake, a college-recruiting platform of choice for larger employers; establishes Quinnipiac's participation in Travelers’ 2024 Business Insights and Analytics (BI&A) Leadership Development Program (LDP) Case Competition; provides scholarships for students attending Quinnipiac summer camps; and supports the following Quinnipiac undergraduate clubs and organizations: Accounting Society, Computer Information Systems Society, Economics Club, Computing Club, Society for Human Resource Management Club and Society of Women Engineers.

"We’re very grateful to Travelers for providing financial support for these clubs. Travelers sees the value in building pathways to connect with students interested in these career areas," said Kassa.

Quinnipiac students were recently introduced to the university’s use of the college-recruiting digital platform Handshake. The platform allows students to access a vast employer base, where they can review company profile information and career opportunities as well as submit applications.

The Travelers Business Insights and Analytics LDP Case Competition targets a student population that wants exposure to solving business problems while leveraging data and analytics. The annual data-focused contest challenges top-notch university student teams to solve emerging business and tech issues facing the industry.

“The BI&A LDP Case Competition is an excellent opportunity for Travelers to engage our students in real-life scenarios that arise in the insurance industry, and have them compete to find the optimal solutions,” said Kassa.

Travelers will also provide scholarships for high school students who wish to attend Quinnipiac’s 2024 hacker high school-cybersecurity summer camp and Computing and Data Science summer camp. Students live on campus during two weeks of educational experiences led by Quinnipiac faculty.

Hacker High School-Cybersecurity campers focus on the connection between computer and digital information and the field of cybersecurity while they learn to build protections against personal threats and attacks. The foundations and concepts explored also help prepare campers who are interested in personal pursuit of the certified hacker analyst certification exam sponsored by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies.

Quinnipiac’s Computing and Data Science summer camp introduces campers to the field of data science and career opportunities by connecting them with the use of technology to tackle real-world challenges. Campers learn foundational data science theory and apply what they have learned while building practical skills with hands-on data science projects.

“Offering scholarships for these camps is a great outreach effort by Travelers to assist students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience these programs,” said Kassa.

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