Troy University students discovering London

Posted: Thursday, 13 May 2010

TROY—Nine Troy University students are discovering the world of risk management and insurance through a summer internship and study abroad trip in London.

The students, under the direction of Dr. Carol Jordan, eminent scholar of risk management and insurance, at Troy University, are at Lloyds of London studying the insurance industry first hand.

Lloyd's of London is a unique insurance provider. It is not a company but a brokered market in which over 130 underwriting syndicates both compete and co-operate. This combination enables Lloyd's to offer a wealth of choice, knowledge, experience and expertise under one roof.

“Insurance is always a dynamic arena, but especially today,” Dr. Jordan said. “I am thrilled to place students in London. Lloyd’s is a global market and the experience will add great value to their education.”

Interning in London are:

  • Cory Moore, a senior RMI major from Hoover, interning with Markel International;
  • Andy Flowers, a sophomore RMI major from Linden, interning with Lucas-Fettes in London and Chichester, England, and with DecusBrokers; and
  • Chance Gilliland, a senior from Onenta, who will serve a six-month internship with Ace Group International.

Joining Dr. Jordan in London for a one-week job shadowing are students James Freeman, of Hoover; Sara Helms, of Atlanta; Chesley Wilson, of Abbeville; Matt Ellis, of Troy; Hawkins Drinkard, of Troy; and April Lynch, of Troy.

After returning from England, Moore will also complete an internship at Peachtree Special Risks Brokers in St. Petersburg, Fla. Freeman will intern with Hull & Company in Jacksonville, Fla., Drinkard will internship with Peachtree Special Risks Brokers in Charlotte, N.C., and junior RMI major Brandon Scates, of Huntsville, will intern at Apex Insurance in Chicago, Ill.

TROY’s RMI program is one of only two in the nation that offers “Surplus Lines and Reinsurance” and “Insurance Accounting” in its degree and certification programs. The program is designed to give graduates an educational foundation for careers in identifying and dealing with personal and corporate risk issues, employee benefit programs, personal property and liability and insurance operations, regulation and the insurance marketplace.