Markel University - US

Our Programs:

  • Markel underwriter training program
  • Markel internship program

Underwriter training program

Program overview:
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.

What will I learn?
Participants of the Markel underwriter training program can expect to learn technical underwriting skills, build strong core competencies, and gain broad exposure to our company’s operations.

What we look for:

  • College graduates
  • Strong academic credentials (3.25 GPA minimum) and leadership skills
  • 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
  • Search jobs for key words “Markel Underwriter Training Program”
  • Submit the following through our global career site for a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered:
    • Resume
    • College transcripts (unofficial)
    • Essay describing a time you demonstrated the Markel Style (300 word max)

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Program design:

  • Classroom training – Graduates will spend several weeks in our Richmond, VA headquarters for classroom training, to build on previous education and internship experience. Training includes case studies and presentations from Markel associates and leaders.
  • On-the-job training – Each graduate is assigned a trainer, a Markel associate with specific product and role knowledge, to guide them through the on-the-job training component of the program.
  • Mentorship – Each graduate is assigned a mentor to help guide them through a successful transition to corporate life.
  • Program capstone – Each graduate will complete a research project that is selected by the business for potential implementation at Markel. Graduates will present their project to senior leaders at Markel.


All candidates must submit a resume, essay (300 words max), describing a time you demonstrated the Markel Style, and unofficial copy of university transcripts. Candidates must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US without sponsorship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Yes, we seek graduates who exhibit academic excellence (3.25 GPA or higher).  We also seek well-rounded candidates who, in addition to meeting the 3.25 GPA minimum, exhibit leadership skills, hard work and zealous pursuit of excellence.

Recruiting starts in August for the Markel Underwriter Training Program beginning the following summer. Application review, interviews, and offers will take place August through December. Positions are typically filled by January 1.

The program typically ranges from 8-12 participants in the US.

The exact locations vary from year to year. Graduate 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; Scottsdale, AZ; Bermuda.

No, participants are placed with their designated department and team from day one. However, our graduates gain exposure to a variety of departments, teams, and lines of business during classroom training.

The graduate program starts every year at the end of June and is approximately 6 months in its entirety.

If you don’t meet the minimum entry requirements you will not be eligible to apply for the Markel Underwriter Training Program.

Yes. In order to have a highly skilled workforce, Markel has contracted partnerships with several leading training providers. This includes supporting CPCU studies and other professional designation programs.

Yes. Markel provides up to $5,250 tuition reimbursement per employee per year for tuition and books related to enrollment in a formal degree program after one year of service with the company.

Markel internship program

The Markel internship program is an engaging and challenging internship experience, which puts interns in a position to gain real-world work experience, build a professional network, gain broad exposure to our company’s operations, and acquire tools to begin successful careers.

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