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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. Students who complete the Zurich Insurance Apprenticeship program earn their 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, and gain credentials and skills for today’s marketplace.



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.

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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.

Learn about the NYC expansion

Amaiya Lockwood

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.

Read about our Apprenticeship Week Summit

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

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 $12 million1 and over 205,000 hours to charities and 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.

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