CAS Curriculum Guide: New Resource for Student Central Members

We are excited to present a new and valuable resource that is now available to members of Student Central – the CAS Curriculum Guide. The guide was developed to help students, like you, build a stronger understanding of the academic strengths, technical tools and business skills that successful actuaries possess. You can use the guide to identify experiences to seek out while in college to help prepare you for a career as an actuary, specifically as you embark on the path to earning actuarial credentials through the Casualty Actuarial Society.

The Curriculum Guide focuses on three key areas with multiple subsections  presented in the graphic below; each subsection contains information on why that subject or skill is important for your future actuarial career, an example of when you would use it in the workplace, and recommendations for experiences to pursue to gain the skills or knowledge in that area.

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We encourage you to review the Curriculum Guide as you prepare for the start of the school year and continue to utilize the guide as you are working towards becoming an actuary. You can access each section of the Curriculum Guide on the Career Resources tab at or download the complete guide from the website.The Curriculum Guide is just the start of many of new resources that will be available through Student Central in the coming months, so make sure to visit the website and online community regularly!

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Internships with Impact

Your first internship can be an intimidating experience. Surrounded by professionals in a business environment, new interns tend to have many questions, and sometimes miss out on great opportunities. Recent intern testimonials from Temple University’s Sigma Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma show common trends among students who completed internships. Many of these students had rewarding summers, but many also missed some great networking and project opportunities.

The biggest opportunity interns saw was to build a network. Through activities such as sporting events and happy hours, interns have the chance to build relationships with professionals even before they begin their full-time careers. Many interns realize late in the summer that asking questions and organizing individual meetings are invaluable opportunities. A quick email stating “Would you have time to chat about your work over coffee?” can lead to an eye-opening conversation that would otherwise remain unknown. Companies appreciate this curiosity, and the vast majority of people are happy to take time out of their day to discuss their work with interns. This opportunity to ask questions and hold meetings is especially important to take advantage of, especially if you have a mentor. Mentors can provide information and guidance that might lead to a valuable network of professional contacts. Remember, the more people you build a relationship with, the more they can vouch for you when the company is deciding which interns to hire permanently.

Internships are not meant solely for learning and having fun, but also for you to contribute to the company. Companies do not hire interns to sit around; companies hope to provide interns with meaningful projects so they can better the organization. These projects often have some ambiguity and give you a chance to apply your own perspective. Applying what you learn in class, formal training sessions, and informal conversations will impress your supervisor and result in a better, more thoroughly completed project. Companies provide training materials specifically because they apply to your internship. Applying what you learn in these trainings, along with conversations you have with your department, will show your focus and attentiveness. Previous interns commonly noted the best part of their summers was the sense of reward and pride after providing meaningful assistance to their employers. One intern even noted that she had the opportunity to change the company’s incorrect pricing calculations which made her feel valued as an employee.

While internships may be daunting at first, most find experiences to be challenging, rewarding, and fun. Many students look back on their internships and realize they have made contacts and friends to keep for years to come. As long as you work hard and use your resources during your internship, you are bound to have a successful and rewarding experience.

About William Thorsson:

William graduated in May 2014, from an accelerated three-year track at Temple University. He received his bachelor’s degree in both “risk management and insurance” and “actuarial science.” During his undergraduate career, William completed two internships and was Vice President of Professional Development of the Gamma Iota Sigma, Sigma Chapter.

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