James Burnham ’19 approaches his career in product management at Travelers Insurance from a distinct perspective.
After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in economics and philosophy, Burnham sees things differently — perceptively and wonderfully so.
He discovered the real-world value of critical thinking and informed analysis during a summer internship with Travelers in 2018. Burnham credits Professor Donn M. Johnson, his academic adviser and chair of economics, for helping to make the introduction to Travelers.
The rest, Burnham understood, was up to him.
“You have to challenge yourself and elevate yourself,” Burnham said. “Quinnipiac gives you the chance to do that with access to great professors, all kinds of clubs and activities, and the chance to pursue what excites and interests you.”
Burnham said his decision to study economics and philosophy was not a coincidence.
“In the 21st century, they go hand in hand,” he said. “They give you complimentary skills to think critically and analytically.”
If Burnham needed validation his academic background was well suited for Travelers, he found it during his internship.