Zurich apprenticeships open doors
Realize your potential. Our innovative Apprenticeship Program, with roles in suburban Chicago and New York City, lets you simultaneously gain the education and the experience to launch a rewarding career in commercial insurance. Zurich apprentices earn a salary, benefits and a degree, tuition-free, while unlocking new possibilities for their future.
Earn while you learn
Zurich’s two-year Apprenticeship Program combines targeted coursework at community colleges in northwest suburban Chicago or New York City with relevant work rotations at Zurich North America’s offices in suburban Chicago or Manhattan. Apprentices earn a full-time salary and benefits, and they pay no tuition. Zurich apprenticeships are offered in General Insurance in both Schaumburg and New York. In 2020 Zurich is adding an Information Technology apprenticeship at its Schaumburg headquarters for the first time, following the addition of a Cyber apprenticeship in 2018. Learn more in this video.
- Applications: Accepted in spring; classes start in late summer.
- Basic requirements: High school diploma or equivalent; college entrance exam.
- 3 days a week: On-the-job training at Zurich North America’s offices.
- 2 days a week: College classes.
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Apprentices who successfully complete the two-year program…
- Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration (Schaumburg) or Business Management (New York City).
- Work in a full-time position at Zurich.
- Receive the designation of a Department of Labor Certified Insurance Apprentice.
- Possess credentials and skills for today’s marketplace.
Visionary leadership for the 21st century
Zurich's Apprenticeship Program, which graduated its first cohort of apprentices in 2017, was the first to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Zurich participates in the Labor Department’s National Apprenticeship Week initiative, dedicated to developing a new generation of workers to help the U.S. succeed in the 21st century economy. Zurich is a founder of the Chicago Apprentice Network with Accenture and Aon, and helped launch Insurance Apprenticeship USA with the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.
See what others are saying
APCIA teams up with P&C groups, DOL to launch Insurance Apprenticeship USA
—PropertyCasualty360, March 3, 2020
Rep. Ro Khanna Wants to Create a National Apprenticeship Program
—Time, February 25, 2020
Insurance apprentices graduate from Zurich
—The Daily Herald, December 7, 2017
Counselor: Students ‘Excited’ About Insurance After Zurich’s Apprenticeship Summit
—Insurance Journal, January 10, 2020
Zurich’s apprenticeship program makes launching a career in insurance easy
—PropertyCasualty360, November 15, 2019
The new white-collar apprenticeship
—City Lab, February 2, 2017
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