Actuarial internship at Cigna
Is it the right one for you?
An actuarial internship provides you with valuable work experience through exposure to the actuarial career, so you can have the opportunity to assess whether the career is right for you.
Cigna views its internship program as our primary source for identifying full- time talent. It is a great way to assess whether the actuarial profession and Cigna are a good fit for you – both professionally and personally.
Ability to have a Real Impact on Cigna's business
- Interns have ownership of a project that is important to the business and deals with actuarial-related concepts
- Interpersonal skills are developed by presenting the project at the end of summer
Significant Actuarial Support and Mentorship
- Managers will help coach interns and provide feedback
- Interns can leverage their manager’s knowledge for their project and beginning of their actuarial career
Great fit for me professionally and personally
My internship at Cigna was key in my decision to return full-time. After the summer was over, I knew the company was a great fit for me professionally and personally. Through my interactions with actuaries in various parts of the organization, I learned of the diversity of roles and opportunities available. I enjoyed the Cigna culture, which promotes strong collaboration, open dialogue and ownership of your work product – even as an intern! Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I felt a strong connection with the AEDP community. Members of the AEDP, graduates and students alike, were supportive and helpful throughout the entire experience.
- Leticia S. (Philadelphia, PA)
- Interns will be exposed to many areas of Cigna's business through a variety of interactive case studies led by different AEDP members and graduates
- Interns will also be challenged to think critically and exercise judgment related to business decisions
Exposure to the leaders' involvement in Cigna's strategy
Case studies are fascinating opportunities to learn more about different perspectives from various stakeholders to Cigna's business. Being guided by leaders within the organization, the discussions also provided exposure to the leaders’ involvement in Cigna's strategy, particularly with the evolving health care market.
- Lisa M. (Denver, CO)
Exposure, Fun, and Many Benefits
Exposure to Senior Leaders
- Leadership discussions give interns exposure to senior leaders across the enterprise
- Interns gain insight into the day-to-day business activities of the leaders, receive career advice, and are encouraged to think more broadly beyond their own project work
Fun Social Events!
- Social events give interns the opportunity to experience a great sense of community among AEDP members and graduates
- Examples of events include: dinners, mini golf, bowling, hiking, sporting events, beach outings, community service, and more
Benefits of a Cigna AEDP Internship
- Compensation: In addition to gaining valuable actuarial work experience, interns earn a highly competitive hourly rate tied to your exam progress thus far.
- Paid Housing: The AEDP provides paid housing in all of the internship locations. This is in addition to the competitive hourly rate that interns receive. The housing is fully furnished and interns at a given office will all be housed in the same location. It is strongly encouraged that interns accept the provided housing, but it is not required
- Length of Internship: The internship lasts 11 weeks from late May through early August
The tight-knit community of the AEDP
During my summer as an intern in the AEDP, some of my most memorable times were spent supporting the Cigna softball team. This weekly event really highlighted the tight-knit community of the AEDP. It brought everyone together in a fun and friendly environment outside of work and helped form strong friendships in addition to working relationships. Upon coming back to Cigna as a full-timer, we formed a Cigna Soccer team built around the same principles. It’s great to see the AEDP community out at these informal gatherings as well as those organized by the Intern Committee and ACTF. Whether you are playing or not, the excitement that surrounds each game is great to be a part of with the AEDP community!
- Dean R. (Philadelphia, PA)
BBQ Capital of Texas!
Texas is known for its great BBQ, so it’s only fitting that a BBQ trip is a highlight of the AEDP summer intern calendar in our Austin, TX office. Lockhart proclaims to be the “BBQ Capital of Texas”. Located 40 minutes south of downtown Austin, Lockhart (proclaimed to be the “BBQ Capital of Texas”) has been known for its four neck-to-neck rivalry BBQ joints. Black’s BBQ, Kreuz, Smitty’s Market, and Chisholm Trail are all within walking distance from each other and each represent a unique Texas BBQ culture and history. The Austin Intern Committee enjoys sharing this Texas BBQ spirit among the actuarial community as part of the intern summer!
- Feng L. (Austin, TX)
The Intern Committee is a group of AEDP members who are recent college graduates. They organize the leadership discussions, case studies, and social events for the summer AEDP interns. In addition, the Intern Committee is a resource for the interns throughout the summer to provide informal feedback and support in addition to the support provided by an intern’s manager. The Intern Committee will help interns find a mentor for the summer and are always available to answer questions or address any concerns of the AEDP interns.
Mentors that I can rely on for questions and advice
It was great to have a dedicated team of AEDP members that made my intern summer at Cigna unforgettable. Now that I am back at Cigna full-time, the Intern Committee from my internship continue to be some of my closest friends in the AEDP community as well as mentors that I can rely on for questions and advice. Help interns learn and improve throughout the summer is very rewarding, especially when you see that development continue into a full-time actuarial career at Cigna.
- Tiffany M. (Denver, CO)
Applying for the Internship
Recommended Qualifications for AEDP interns
- Progression towards a degree in a related field (3.2 minimum GPA)
- Outstanding problem-solving, analytical and interpersonal skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Possession of a strong desire and demonstrated ability to lead
- Drive to develop business and actuarial skills through ongoing training and varied rotations
How and When to Apply
Cigna recruits AEDP interns from across the United States and around the globe from schools with a well-established actuarial program and some that offer other relevant degrees such as mathematics or statistics. Our goal is to hire the best actuarial talent to serve our customers with the highest level of quality.
Internship recruiting for the next year begins immediately after the conclusion of our summer internship. We encourage candidates to apply as early as possible during their fall semester.
Cigna actively recruits for AEDP positions at several universities:
- University of Connecticut
- Drake University
- Duke University
- Heriot Watt University
- University of Michigan
- University of Nebraska
- Penn State University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Temple University
- University of North Carolina
- University of Wisconsin
If your school is included here, please watch for us at your career fair, or an upcoming information session.
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