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|The Oklahoma Insurance Department Internship Program provides an opportunity to be an active participant in insurance administration and policy development. OID interns work closely with the OID staff in select areas including financial accounting, consumer assistance, licensing and investigation as well as public relations, marketing and public policy.|
OID has openings for internships year round including Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. To apply for an OID internship, send an email expressing your interest to Dr. Rick Farmer (Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs, Public Policy & Communication).
The program is intended to facilitate students completing experiential learning requirements at an academic institution. The work requirements are determined by the academic institution. The specific hours of work are flexible to accommodate the student’s schedule. Internships are available in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
Each intern experience is tailored to the individual student’s talents and abilities. For example:
Other opportunities are available depending on the student’s interests.
Oklahoma Insurance Department interns are given the opportunity to hone their current skills, acquire new skills and gain new knowledge by working directly with the OID staff. Our program is designed to enhance your understanding of our administrative and policy making roles. The OID strives to protect consumers, assure the solvency of domestic Oklahoma companies and foster a completive business climate.
The experience and knowledge acquired during an internship at OID can be a great asset and lead to exciting career opportunities, as is apparent by the many former interns who are now successfully employed as a result of their education and skills gained at the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
Testimonials From Former Interns
Hofstra University School of Law | Summer 2011
"Interning with the Oklahoma Insurance Department was a great experience for a law student because it showed me how the department’s legal division and government relations division work together. I was able to work under Judge Ellen Edwards and Dr. Rick Farmer so I experienced the legal side and the policy side. An example of this is a project I had comparing Oklahoma’s captive insurance company statutes to those of states with large numbers of captive insurers and determining the differences so that the Commissioner can ask the Legislature to improve Oklahoma’s statutes. In this one internship you see how law, politics, public relation, and customer service all work together as one unit. It’s a valuable experience because, you don’t just see hearings. There are hearings and much more.
Also, because of the policy side of the Department I had the opportunity to go along with Rick Farmer to the Capital a few times and met several state Representatives. Through this, I was introduced to Rep. Richard Morrissette, who then introduced me to the public defender. The people you meet while interning with the Oklahoma Insurance Department plus the experiences you have are all positive and beneficial. I am honored to have been the legal intern for the summer of 2011." - Jasmine Johnson
OSU-OKC | February - May, 2011
"Dr. Rick Farmer was such a great mentor. I met so many great people working with him in the State Capitol. The people I met are not quite what I had imagined. They are all really funny and I never really thought of them that way. I mean I always thought that they would be serious and professional. Yet, it goes to show us that you can have fun and be professional. Having the opportunity to see how bills are passed was amazing. Our State Capitol has so many hard working people in it that I can say I am proud to live in Oklahoma." - Karla Torres
OCU-Law School | February - May, 2011
"Working as an intern for the Legal Division at the Oklahoma Insurance Department was an extremely positive experience for me and one in which I am grateful to have participated. I was assigned to work under Michael Copeland and from the very moment we met he treated me as an equal. I was afforded the opportunity to participate fully in the decision making process and was immediately assigned meaningful work. Working under such a great attorney, I was able to learn many practical and useful skills not taught in the classroom. I was able to ask Mr. Copeland questions and seek his advice with confidence that he was going to sincerely help me find and learn the answers. It was refreshing to work closely with an attorney who cared about helping me learn and grow. I was given projects and autonomy on how to best accomplish these projects. With these opportunities I was able to learn by hands on practical experience. I am most thankful for the willingness of all the attorneys in the Legal Division to field my questions and lend a helping hand when I needed a little advice. This experience is definitely something I will remember and I would advise anyone thinking of interning for the Oklahoma Insurance Department to take the opportunity to be a part of such a quality experience." - Benjamin Newman