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McCarty receives prestigious national scholarship, internship in London

October 20, 2015

Indiana State University senior insurance and risk management major Cameran McCarty of Terre Haute withstood stiff competition from around the country to become one of 17 students nationwide to be awarded the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd. internship. McCarty was then named one of three top interns in the program and selected as the J.H. Blades Scholarship recipient, earning an opportunity to complete an internship in London.

The Surplus Lines internship led McCarty to a successful internship opportunity - a five-week experience with Vela Insurance Services in Walnut Creek, Calif. and a four-week experience with The Sullivan Group in downtown Los Angeles..

"This internship was unique because I got to see both sides of the industry - carrier and wholesale brokerage - with one experience," McCarty said. "At one company, I got to shadow several underwriters and go on business meetings, entertain clients and see how the day-to-day office activities and the workplace culture of the company. Then I got to shadow wholesale brokers and see how they deal with clients and build relationships."

After submitting his transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an essay and an application, McCarty received an email from the association requesting an interview with Surplus Lines committee members and was afforded the opportunity to participate in a nine-week paid internship last summer with the association's many member firms garnered more than 150 applications nationwide.

McCarty was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Indiana State alumnus Brent Mulvihill, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in insurance.

Thirteen Indiana State students have previously participated in the association's internship, but Rebecca Wray, director of the university's Gongaware Center for Insurance and Financial Services and Networks Financial Institute, said this is the first time a student has been selected for the Blades Scholarship.

"The NAPSLO internship is a highly competitive program where students are selected from across the country, and Cameran is a top student within the insurance and risk management program and I knew he would represent the program well," she said. "That is why this is so incredibly prestigious. The internship in and of itself is prestigious, but the Blades Scholarship is the highest honor (Cameran) could have received because he was selected out of all the NAPSLO interns as one of three top interns in the program."

McCarty was one of 10 students who had participated in the internship program to be invited to the 2015 Surplus Lines Annual Convention in San Diego. He interviewed with members of the Career Awareness and Internship Committee, who selected McCarty as one of the programs three top interns last summer.

He found out about the recognition in September and will participate in a three-week internship in London after he graduates from Indiana State with a bachelor's degree in insurance in May.

While Indiana State has given McCarty theory behind the industry, he said the internships have given him firsthand experience and encouraged him to keep his mind open about the opportunities that lie ahead in his field.

"I've seen firsthand through my internships what it will take to be successful in the industry, which is something you can't really learn from a book," McCarty said. "You have to shadow successful people and see their priorities when it comes to a business relationship and try and mold yourself into that."

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or