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 central London office 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 some 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 mindset 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 – see below.
We receive applications for work experience across a range of ages. Our academy is designed to cater for people at different levels. As a minimum, those in the second year of A-levels up to those in 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
Our 2017 academy took place in August. We are currently finalising details of the 2018 week, and will post these on this web page shortly, along with information on how to apply. In the meantime any queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback from 2016 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. The pace was quite rapid at times, especially on the first day, but I do feel this was necessary to ensure we had sufficient background knowledge to properly attempt the later exercises.”
“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.”