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Apprenticeships

The spark for progress

Realize your potential. Our innovative Apprenticeship Program 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

Currently focused on Claims, Underwriting and Finance, Zurich’s two-year Apprenticeship Program combines targeted coursework at Harper College in northwest suburban Chicago with relevant work rotations at Zurich’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.

  • 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 headquarters.
  • 2 days a week: Classes at Harper College, one of the nation’s largest community colleges.



Apprentices who successfully complete the two-year program…

  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration.
  • 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 insurance Apprenticeship Program is the first to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Zurich participates in the department’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative, which includes a network of more than 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations. The initiative is dedicated to developing a new generation of workers to help the U.S. succeed in the 21st century economy. In 2017, Zurich was proud to graduate its first class of apprentices.

See what others are saying

Insurance apprentices graduate from Zurich
  —The Daily Herald, December 7, 2017


The new white-collar apprenticeship
  —City Lab, February 2, 2017


Apprenticeships: "College without the debt"
  —USA Today, March 23, 2016

Working at Zurich is working for your community

Zurich makes it easy for you to get involved in numerous worthy causes. We’ve donated more than $6 million1 and over 166,000 hours to our six core charities and hundreds of local nonprofits since 2012. Service is fulfilling and it’s foundational to who we are. It’s also fun. Join us in spreading hope and supporting resilience.