At the beginning of November, Campbell Business students had the opportunity to travel to Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. in Goldsboro, North Carolina, for a chance to gain insight into the operation and different roles of the company.
The students were given a tour of each department where they were introduced to an employee that would explain their department’s responsibilities. After, the students were given a presentation of the company where employees — many being Campbell Alumni — would explain their role and what working in insurance is like. To finish off the day, students were able to sit down and enjoy dinner with Atlantic Casualty employees to network and ask questions that they may have had from the day.
Atlantic Casualty has a strong connection with Campbell University in the sense that it has many Campbell alumni who currently work for the company. The president, executive vice president, vice president of finance and assistant vice president of human resources are all Campbell alumni and are always looking for students and graduates to join the company.
“We are grateful that Atlantic Casualty provided our students with an opportunity to experience the vast opportunities of risk management,” said Dr. Michelle Osborne, department chair and associate professor of business administration and economics. “Students come away with new enthusiasm learning that ‘insurance’ isn’t boring after all; rather, insurance has aspects of artificial intelligence, marketing, special investigations of fraud claims and underwriting. Field trips like this bring the classroom alive, allowing students to experience textbook theories in practice.”
The field trip gave students the chance to look at an often overlooked side of business, and many left considering insurance as a career possibility after college, according to Mark Bryan, AVP of human resources at Atlantic Casualty and a Campbell alumnus.
“It was a great experience welcoming business students to our facility. Students explored our operations, participated in presentations on underwriting and special investigations and had the opportunity to interact with our leadership team,” Bryan said.
This was the third semester in a row that Atlantic Casualty has welcomed the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Bryan said he views the visits as an opportunity to showcase the “exciting journey” the company is on. In 2024, he said, they are looking to expand their team and are actively seeking to fill several positions across various departments.
“Our commitment to growth is not just a testament to our success but also an invitation for these rising young professionals to consider a future with us,” he said. “During the summer, we hosted four interns from Campbell, providing them with hands-on experience and a taste of the culture here at the company. Building on this success, we are excited to announce our plans to offer more internship opportunities in 2024, creating a pipeline for the next generation of insurance professionals.”
Bryan said the fact that so many Campbell alumni are part of the company (and in leadership positions) is a testament to the caliber of talent the University produces.
“This connection shows our commitment to fostering a relationship that goes beyond a one-time visit, aiming to create a bridge between higher education and the thriving opportunities within our company,” he said. “We are eager to continue our relationship with Campbell University, contributing to the growth and development of the next generation of leaders in the finance and insurance sectors.”