The Actuarial Science Club has always stood for inclusion and opportunity. For that reason, the club has never mandated club membership or dues payments in order to attend any club events, attend the career fair, or receive exam pass reimbursements. However, the club has been looking for a way to recognize and provide additional resources for the most active club members who have a drive to be at the top of their class. The Boot Camp was the solution!
The Boot Camp is an approximately 8 week program run by the Actuarial Science Club at the start of every fall semester. Students attend professional training events and technical workshops, participate in a case competition, and complete independent research on the actuarial field, all while networking with their future coworkers. The Boot Camp specifically teaches the skills that Penn State's actuarial recruiters repeatedly look for in their candidates, therefore developing a graduating class from the Boot Camp that is ready for an internship or job at the most competitive actuarial firms.
The first ever Boot Camp was led by Aidan Lake, the Club's Vice President, with the support of the Club's executive board. There were 59 students who applied to be in the boot camp, of all ages, backgrounds, and actuarial majors (Math, Stat, or Business). The Club is proud to announce that the first Boot Camp was a tremendous success, graduating the top 40 of these students.
Upon graduation, the Club's top sponsors: Aetna, Cigna, Highmark Health, and Prudential were thanked for their top sponsorship with early access to the list of boot camp graduates. All other recruiters will be able to see which students have graduated from the boot camp by a special designation in the Resume Books, which are updated at the start of each month.