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Associate Degree Apprenticeship Program - General Crop Insurance - Fresno, CA (August 2024)


Zurich North America’s Apprentice Program 

The first in our industry to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor 


Zurich is accepting resumes for our 2024 Apprentice Program! The program is scheduled to start in August 2024, but please apply now for early consideration.    


Our innovative General Insurance Apprentice Program allows participants to simultaneously gain the education and the experience to launch a rewarding career in commercial insurance.  


Zurich’s initiative is to develop a new generation of workers to help the U.S. succeed in the 21st century economy.  


This two-year program combines targeted online coursework at Northeast Iowa Community College with relevant work rotations at Zurich’s Fresno, CA office.  Open to remote candidates, prefered candidates close to one of the following offices, Winston-Salem, NC, Anoka, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Fresno, CA.


In supporting our Fresno office you will be working on the Crop Underwriting Operations Team:

With supervision candidates will work within our crop underwriting team to learn more about policy creation, pricing and delivery of policies.

Responsibilities can include:

  • Reviewing customer applications
  • Communication with internal and external customers via email
  • Processing policy documents and policy changes

Apprentices who successfully complete this two-year program will: 

  • Work in a paid, benefit-eligible full-time position at Zurich 
  • Earn a tuition-free Associate in Applied Science degree in Agriculture Business  
  • Receive a Department of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship 
  • Possess credentials and skills for today’s ever-changing marketplace  


Basic Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Professional work experience not required 
  • Must be enrolled and validated as college ready by the Northeast Iowa Community College. You will be redirected to the Northwest Iowa Community College if you do not meet this qualification. Please click here to contact the Admissions office 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 1 or more years of work experience and/or leadership role in student activities and/or significant voluntary community service 
  • Interest in pursuing a career in insurance 
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and work deadlines 
  • Strong customer service skills 
  • Collaboration and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to communicate with impact 
  • High degree of self-discipline and focus 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to collaborate and work successfully in a team environment 
  • Intermediate computer skills, especially Excel  
  • Ability to navigate learning and interactions in an online environment 


Compensation for roles at Zurich varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. As required by local law, Zurich provides in good faith a reasonable range of compensation for roles. For additional information about our Total Rewards, click here. Other rewards may include short term incentive bonuses and merit increases. Candidates with salary expectations outside of the range are encouraged to apply, and will be considered based on experience, skill, and education. The starting hourly rate for this position is $18.08.

As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time (


A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?


Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet 


Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 


Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time

Employment Sponsorship Offered: No 
Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI- 

Nearest Major Market: Fresno

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