Professional and Career Development

Columbia has tailored the program’s curriculum to meet the current and future needs of the insurance industry and prepare students to excel in their career. Our graduates have a remarkable track record of entering and advancing their actuarial careers.

Examples of Employers of Students and Alumni

AIG

American Express

Aon Hewitt

Arch Insurance

Atikus Insurance

AXA Equitable

Barclays

Buck Consultants

Cigna

Credit Suisse

CSAA Insurance

Delaware Life

Deloitte

EmblemHealth

EY (formerly Ernst & Young)

FIRM, Inc.

Frenkel Benefits LLC

General Life

General Re

Guy Carpenter

Hanover Life

Hay Group

ING Group

John Hancock

MassMutual Financial Group

Mercer

MetLife

MIB Group

Milliman

Mutual of Omaha

New York City Department of Education

New York City Department of Finance

New York Life

Ocean Capital

Pension Associates

Plymouth Rock Assurance

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Prudential Insurance

Swiss Re

The Hartford

TIAA-CREF

 

 

Professional and career development features of the program include:

Professional Development Courses

Each semester, all full-time students are required to enroll in ACTU K4900 Proseminar in Actuarial Science unless they secure an internship, in which case they instead will enroll in ACTU K4995 Internship in Actuarial Science. These courses are optional for part-time students.

Proseminar

Twice weekly during the spring and fall semesters, the Proseminar brings actuarial industry leaders to Columbia’s campus to address practical career development topics, such as effective professional networking, career advancement path, and job searches. On-campus students will be welcome to attend the sessions in person. Online students will have live access to the sessions and will be able to ask questions of the speakers.

Past Proseminar Presenters Have Included

AIG

Aon Hewitt

Aurigen Re

AXA Equitable

Casualty Actuarial Society

Chartis

Deloitte

EY (formerly Ernst & Young)

General Re

Guardian Life

Guy Carpenter

Hannover Life

ING Group

KPMG

Liberty Mutual

MetLife

Milliman

New York Life

Oliver Wyman

Plymouth Rock Assurance

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Prudential Insurance

Société Générale

Society of Actuaries

Swiss Re

Towers Watson

Zurich Insurance

 

Past Proseminar Topics Have Included

Getting an Actuarial Job

Interview Preparation

Navigating an Actuarial Career

Being a Health Actuary

Being a Pension Actuary

Being a Life Actuary

Being a P&C Actuary

Executive Compensation

Risk Management

 

Internship Credit

If you are in an actuarial internship while you are a student, you can receive program credit by enrolling in ACTU K4995 Internship in Actuarial Science.

Integrated Project

ACTU K5100 Integrated Projects in Actuarial Science helps you build industry experience in a classroom setting and learn management, organization, communication, and presentation skills. Acting as a consultant, you will work intensively with industry experts on a real-world project. Two of more than 60 practitioners in the actuarial science field will be appointed your mentor. Past mentors have included former presidents of the Society of Actuaries, active CEOs, and chief actuaries of large insurance/reinsurance companies.

Career Events

At the annual Columbia Actuarial Science Program Career Fair, you will have the opportunity to meet, network, and interview with senior actuaries from major insurance organizations and consulting firms. In addition, Columbia coordinates the annual Actuarial Career Fair produced by the Actuarial Society of Greater New York. Other career events include the Columbia Actuarial Science Career Day, held the day after orientation; leadership development and interview workshops; and networking events with actuaries and alumni.

Résumé Review and Critique

As soon as you’re accepted into the program, we’ll review your résumé and cover letter, recommending changes and updates to align with industry practices. After you’ve made any necessary revisions, we’ll add your résumé to the program’s résumé book, which we use to match students with potential employment opportunities.

F1 Optional Practical Training Opportunities

Following successful completion of the program, international degree-holders may be eligible for F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the opportunity to work in the U.S. for up to one year. Because this is a STEM-eligible program, international degree-holders may be eligible for an F1 STEM OPT Extension, which allows F1 students to apply for an additional 24 months of OPT.