APR Mini Actuarial Academy
What we offer on work experience
We are frequently asked if we run actuarial internship programmes for university undergraduates. Unfortunately, because the majority of APR’s work takes place on site at our clients’ offices we have limited scope to offer longer-term internship or traditional work experience opportunities.
However, we are well known for the extent of the training we provide to our actuarial employees; we therefore offer a week’s “Mini actuarial academy” from our offices to those who are interested.
Our Mini Actuarial Academy
Those attending the academy will be introduced to some key actuarial concepts, given a flavour of the different types of work in different actuarial sectors (life insurance, general insurance and pensions) and introduced to some typical actuarial models through hands-on model-building and exercises. The sessions throughout the week will be run by a combination of APR partners and our actuarial employees.
The academy is brief but intensive. It will benefit attendees by both helping to establish whether the type of work done by actuarial students is of sufficient interest to them and by embedding the type of mind-set and approach a good actuarial student will adopt in their work (and will almost certainly be useful for interviews for graduate actuarial jobs). Feedback from past interns has been very positive, as you can see from the testimonials below.
We receive applications for work experience across a range of ages. Our academy is designed to cater for people at different levels, but we expect applicants to be in the second year of A-levels up to the penultimate year of their degree. The academy assumes no prior actuarial knowledge (so those studying an actuarial sciences degree should bear this in mind).
Applying for our Mini actuarial academy
In order to keep things administratively simple, we have set dates and will only consider those available at these times. Our next academy will run from Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August 2019 in our Central London offices. We anticipate a maximum of six attendees, but if demand is high we may also consider running a parallel academy in Edinburgh.
The deadline for applications for our 2019 academy has now passed. Please look out for details of the 2020 academy, which we will be posting early in the autumn; alternatively please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Feedback from previous attendees
“It was a fantastic week, I learned so much more than I have doing any other work experience. I’d recommend it to anyone who wanted to find out more about being an actuary.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire academy. Every session was engaging, interesting and gave a great insight into what actuarial work involves.”
“Really enjoyable and insightful week. All the staff were great and really good at explaining some fairly difficult topics.”
“My favourite exercise in the week was the stochastic model we made on Friday. Generating a whole bunch of scenarios and understanding why that was a useful approach was pretty interesting. I also thought the opportunity to interact with a variety of staff members at APR and ask them various questions about actuarial careers was a very valuable one.”
“It was a very interesting, albeit at times challenging, experience that gave me a better insight into the more technical aspects of actuarial work. I feel that this will help me in interviews and gave me a greater understanding of the work undertaken by actuaries.”
“The opportunity to interact with a variety of staff members at APR and ask them various questions about actuarial careers was a very valuable one.”
“The academy was an invaluable experience which has confirmed my desire to become an actuary.”
“I particularly enjoyed the McNugget challenge!”