Internship program

Program overview:
Markel provides a fun, engaging, and challenging internship experience, which allows you to build relationships, gain real-world work experience, and acquire tools to begin a successful career.

What we look for:

  • Current college student (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors)
  • Strong academic performance (3.0 GPA minimum)
  • We are looking for people who have potential and share our passion to live the Markel Style. The Markel Style gives us our competitive advantage. It's our core value which underpins how we do business, while influencing our behavior and performance.

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How to apply:

  • Review the following FAQs
  • Submit the following through the application portal:
    • Resume
    • College transcripts (unofficial)
    • Essay describing a time you demonstrated the Markel Style (300 words max)

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All candidates must submit a resume, essay (300 words max) describing a time you demonstrated the Markel Style, and an unofficial copy of university transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Yes, we seek interns who exhibit academic excellence (3.0 GPA or higher). We also seek well-rounded candidates who, in addition to meeting the 3.0 GPA minimum, exhibit leadership skills, hard work and zealous pursuit of excellence.

Recruiting starts in September for the Markel Internship Program beginning the following summer. Application review, interviews, and offers will take place September through February. Internship positions are typically filled by late February.

The number typically ranges between 25 and 30 interns in the US.

The exact locations vary from year to year. Most internship opportunities are in Markel’s Richmond, VA headquarters. Internship positions may be posted for, though not limited to, the following office locations: Alpharetta, GA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Plano, TX; Red Bank, NJ; Richmond, VA. Housing is not provided for Markel internships.

The length of the summer internship program varies by year, department, and intern, but typically begins in May and concludes by mid-August.

If you don’t meet the minimum entry requirements you will not be eligible to apply to Markel's Internship Program.

We do not make any guarantees of a full-time offer, but consider our internship program a way to identify candidates for future opportunities and build the talent pipeline for Markel.

Markel offers internship opportunities in areas including:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Claims
  • Global Procurement
  • Information Technology
  • Information Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Underwriting

Markel underwriter training program

The Markel underwriter training program is a premier entry-level training program designed to prepare associates early in their careers to be successful underwriters and future leaders. The program is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training, mentorship, and a program capstone project.

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