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Hamza AlAufi

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Hometown: Oman
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

During Summer 2023, I had the chance to work as a Risk Management Intern at Swiss Re. Swiss Re is a Fortune 500 that is a leader in the reinsurance market. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the company has multiple offices worldwide and I was part of the Americas branch which is headquartered in Armonk, New York. The Americas Risk Management team serves the company in multiple positions to assess, manage, and evaluate different risks that could threaten the company's assets of any kind.

How did this experience impact you academically?

The experience allowed me to connect my studies with real-life events. We assess many kinds of risks that could harm the company's assets, and some of these risks were part of my academic and theoretical studies. I have learned in many courses how war events, biological threats, financial crises, and other risks, could harm the economy in general, but we didn't dive deep into the practical part where companies and business owners take action in order to avoid such risks and how to minimize the risk and the cost of the risk. The experience allowed me to discover the tools used and the actions taken to deal with different kinds of threats and risks that could produce harm to the economy.

"The exposure I had through the internship allowed me to specify my interests and build upon my future career goals."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The experience showed me what the market looks like and what skills I need to develop in order to compete for similar jobs. The dynamic of the job market is better explained when you enter the market and get a taste what it looks like. Moreover, I had the chance to build many connections that helped me gain knowledge and experience that will boost my credibility, which will give me an advantage when competing for jobs. In addition, the exposure I had through the internship allowed me to specify my interests and build upon my future career goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The staff has been very helpful and gave me continuous support. I found out about the opportunity by attending one of the events organized by the college. The staff followed up with me after the event and helped me prepare my application. After I finished the interviews and got the offer I applied for the Chapel Executive Internship, my career coach advised me to apply, I am grateful that I have been selected for this award which allowed me to have a better experience throughout the internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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