Wrapping up our Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Dhaval Patel, Christopher Martin and Ping Zhong

We are pleased to wrap up our summer interns spotlight series! This week we welcome interns Dhaval Patel, Christopher Martin and Ping Zhong!

Dhaval Patel

Dhavel has joined our IT department. Having previously worked with databases and ETL tools has made him interested in data and how it can be used to gain insights for businesses. During his internship at Intact, he hopes to understand the business side of things and how to use different analytical tools. He feels a collaborative working environment would help him learn these skills. Dhaval is from Mumbai, India, and is currently pursuing a master’s in Information Systems from Northeastern University. “I wanted to be part of Intact because of its positive working environment, and its values of integrity and respect. I hope to add value to the work we are doing as a team,” he says.

If Dhaval had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would go to Iceland to explore its nature and beauty. The last TV series he watched was Stranger Things on Netflix.

Christopher Martin

Chris is interning at our Investment Management team. In this internship, he wants to gain a basic understanding of investments. “I am looking forward to working in a team, and challenging myself whenever possible,” he says. Chris is from Milton, Massachusetts and is currently attending Boston College. “My friend recommended that I look into the application process at Intact and apply. This led me to research on the background and performance of the firm. I was attracted to Intact because of its culture and felt this would be a great opportunity for me to work in a team”, he adds. Chris wishes to visit Italy one day. The last TV show he watched was Grey’s Anatomy.

Ping Zhong

Ping has also joined our Investment Management team. “As I considered where to apply for an internship, I contacted a recruiter at Intact. During the interviews, I had a chance to meet more people on the team. They all said they loved the working environment and felt they gained the most valuable professional experience. I hope I can come away with the same kind of experience and a better understanding of how this field operates,” she says. Ping is from Shandong, China and is studying at the University on Minnesota. If she had a chance to go anywhere in the world, she would visit her home. The last TV show Ping watched was Gotham. 

Best of luck Dhaval, Christopher and Ping! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.

(L-R) Dhaval Patel, Ping Zhong and Christopher Martin

Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Brionne Thompson, Markicia Horton and Samantha Love

We are pleased to continue our summer interns spotlight series so we can learn about our interns’ background and professional interests. This week we welcome interns Brionne Thompson, Markicia Horton and Samantha Love!

Brionne Thompson

Brionne is a law intern at Intact and is attending Texas Southern University. “As with any internship, I’m hoping to learn as much as I can. I’m interested in insurance law, so I want to know all I can about the industry,” she says. Brionne is originally from Houston, Texas but moved to Austin when she was 13 years old. “I like to tell people I’m from Houston and Austin, she says.

Brionne joined Intact because she felt that the role is aligned with her overall career goals. “When I got the opportunity to be a part of it, I didn’t hesitate!”

If Brionne had a chance to go anywhere in the world, she would go to Paris. “The romantic culture, food and art is breathtaking. I am completely obsessed!” The last book she read was House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas, and the last TV show she watched was Emily in Paris.

Markicia Horton

Markicia is also a law intern at Intact. She hopes to gain as much knowledge as possible about insurance litigation. She is looking forward to getting exposure to the company’s operations and the of impact of its legal operations.  Markicia was born in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in Beaumont, Texas. She is currently a student at Texas Southern University. “I love that Intact promotes doing the right thing for its customers. I believe that should be a fundamental part of all businesses. Also, Intact values its employees. I love that aspect as well,” she says.

If Markicia could go anywhere in this world, she would visit New Zealand and Australia. “I’ve always been fascinated with the beauty of both countries. One day, I hope to take a trip so that I can experience all they have to offer,” she says.

Samantha Love

Samantha has joined our Underwriting department and looks forward to gaining professional experience and to further her financial and analytical skills. Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, she is currently attending the University of Kentucky. “I’m interested in the wide range of industries that Intact supports and I desire to learn more about the unique and specialized services offered!” she says.

If Samantha could go anywhere in the world, she would visit Athens, Greece. The last TV show she watched was One Tree Hill.

Best of luck Brionne, Markicia and Samantha! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.

 

(L-R) Markicia Horton, Samantha Love and Brionne Thompson

Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Brooke Johnson, Abigail Laryea and James McLachlan

This week we are pleased to welcome Brooke Johnson, Abigail Laryea and James McLachlan Actuarial, Audit and Finance teams respectively. What made them join Intact, and what are they looking to learn this summer? Read on to find out!

Brooke Johnson

We are welcoming back Brooke to our Actuarial department! She was an intern with Intact last year and she enjoyed her time learning with her colleagues. She decided to join the team again to further her knowledge in the field, and to apply different skill sets to real-world applications and projects. Brooke is from Eagan, Minnesota and is currently attending St. Olaf College.

If she had a chance to go anywhere in the world, she would visit Japan or Australia.


Abigail Laryea

Abigail is from Columbia Heights, Minnesota and has joined out Internal Audit team. This summer, she is hoping to identify her career interests so she can get better insights into her future. She also wants to gain confidence in a professional environment, improve her communication skills and network with others in the field. She admires Intact’s values and liked speaking with the hiring managers at her interview. “They were very easy to speak to and they answered all my questions,” she says.

Abigail, who is a student of Gustavus Adolphus College, wishes to visit Ghana or Haiti in the future. The last TV Show she watched was The Lincoln Lawyer.

James McLachlan

James considers himself as an “excel nerd” and is excited to put his skills into action at his internship with Intact in the Finance department. He looks forward to getting exposure to both the insurance industry as well as the field of finance. “This is the perfect opportunity to network with other interns as well as coworkers who have accomplished many achievements that I aspire to reach in my career,” says James.

He is White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and “as the name suggests, we have a beautiful lake that is great for fishing, boating, and many other water activities,” he adds. James, who is a student at the University of Minnesota, was attracted to Intact because of the prospects the company provides within the finance field. He also looks forward to applying his classroom knowledge to real-world situations that require creative and innovation solutions.

If James could go anywhere in the world, he would travel to Barcelona, Spain. “The city has beautiful architecture, amazing art exhibits, world-class soccer, and is located right along the sea. Also, as a Spanish minor, I would love the opportunity to practice my speaking Spanish!” he adds.

 

(L-R) Brooke Johnson, James McLachlan and Abigail Laryea

Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Ya-Sine Agrignan, Grant Brunsvold and Kieron Johnson

We are excited to continue our intern spotlight series! This week we introduce to you Ya-Sine Agrignan, Grant Brunsvold and Kieron Johnson.

Ya-Sine Agrignan

Ya-Sine has joined our IT department and is currently attending the University of Connecticut. With his time at Intact, Ya-Sine hopes to gain experience in software development as well as learn important practices and facets of the insurance industry. “As a student I feel that professional experience is invaluable to the development of my career in the industry. I want to gain skills in software engineering and work with a dedicated development team. I am excited, and I am ready to learn as much as I can,” he says. Ya-Sine is from Bridgeport, Connecticut. What drew him to Intact was the desire to learn how software engineering solutions are applied in the industry.

If he could go anywhere in the world he would go to Ireland because of its landscapes. “There is something calming and peaceful about the landscapes in Ireland and I would like to experience them,” he says. The last novel that he read was Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami which was about moving into adulthood and dealing with past traumas.

Grant Brunsvold

Grant is a Specialty Property and Media Underwriting Intern at Intact. During this internship, he looks forward to working with experienced managers to further his knowledge in the insurance field. He also wants to learn about underwriting using real world scenarios and tasks. “Finally, I am very excited to work with the Intact team and possibly find a future with this company,” he says. Grant is originally from Long Island, New York, but moved to Minnetonka, Minnesota about 4 years ago. Now he resides in Kansas City, Missouri where he is attending Rockhurst University.

Grant was looking for an internship that would allow him to utilize his finance background. He was drawn to the industry because of his friends and family. “Reading about Intact’s underwriting internship brought to light my interests in insurance. Being able to put my skills in the real world while learning side by side with experienced staff is important to me. After researching and learning about Intact through interviews, it became clear that it will be a good fit for me,” he says.

If he could go anywhere in the world he would go to Italy for its beautiful scenery as well as the “amazing food”. The last show he watched was Shark Tank and he continues to watch it every other day because he enjoys seeing new products. He also finds the negotiation aspect fun to watch!

Kieron Johnson

Kieron is also an underwriting intern at our Specialty Property team. With this internship, he wants to gain valuable experience that can help him become a great underwriter, understand how endorsements and exclusions can be applied, and how a company deals with high-property value and high-risk accounts. Lastly, he hopes this internship turns into full time employment. Kieron was born in the Bronx, New York and currently residing in Lithonia, Georgia as he attends Georgia State University.

“During my internship interview, Intact employees Joi Blume and Bend Ward made me feel comfortable about asking questions and they seemed eager to take on an intern to expose them to commercial underwriting. Their willingness to share their knowledge attracted me to the company,” says Kieron. He recently attended the RIMS Conference in California, and would love to go back to explore the various cities. The last show he watched was House of Cards, and the last book he read was Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. 

Best of luck Ya-Sine, Grant and Kieron! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.

 

(L-R) Kieron Johnson, Ya-Sine Agrignan and Grant Brunsvold

Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Jack Hillesheim and Anna Puhek

We are pleased to continue introducing our summer interns and learning about their background and their professional interests. This week we welcome back actuarial interns Jack Hillesheim and Anna Puhek!

Jack Hillesheim

Jack is a student at the University of Minnesota, and is originally from Eagan, MN. He had interned remotely with Intact last year, and now has joined the Actuarial team in our Boston office. This year, he hopes to learn more about the insurance industry and gain some experience in predictive modeling. Additionally, he wants to explore Boston as much as he can so he can decide if he would like to move to the city in the future.

“My favorite part about Intact is that it’s a specialty insurer. It’s amazing that it has different coverages and business units within one company. It provides a lot of opportunity to learn and move around. I also like the people. It’s a great culture, which makes work fun every day,” says Jack.

If he had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would choose to go to Egypt. He wants to see the pyramids and the Red Sea which “has some of the best reefs in the world!”

Anna Puhek

Anna also joined us again this summer, and is currently attending the University of St. Thomas. “This year, I am hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the P&C industry and build on my technical skills from last year. It’s rewarding for me to see how my work can make processes smoother for my colleagues,” she says.

Anna, who is from Lakeville, MN, had a “fantastic experience interning at Intact last summer” and is excited to return to the interesting work and friendly company culture. She recently studied abroad in Italy which has motivated her to explore more of Europe. She would love to go to Germany and Austria in the future.

Best of luck Jack and Anna! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.

 

Jack Hillesheim and Anna Puhek