Third Coast Underwriters (3CU) and the Chicago Debate Commission (CDC) wrapped up a summer partnership that brought on two interns for three months.
When they were high school students, Jazmine Mercado and Syed Umair participated in the Chicago High School Debate League through the Chicago Debate Commission. Mercado is now a political science major at the University of Michigan and Umair is majoring in psychology at the University of Illinois. Both interns were the first to be part of this program.
"Having ambitious young people around the office really enhanced the summer," 3CU President Marguerite Dixen said. "I received great personal pleasure from showing the next generation of business professionals that insurance is an unexpectedly rewarding career path, and an industry that can challenge you for a lifetime. Jazmine and Syed are both bright young people with proven academic skills enhanced by participation in competitive debate, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with the Chicago Debate Commission and offering the opportunity for more former debate students to find career outlets for their love of analysis, negotiation and decision-making."
Edie Canter, executive director of the Chicago Debate Commission, was grateful for 3CU's foresight in recognizing the value of debate to prepare diverse Chicago students for professional success.
"Through its high school tournament sponsorships and its summer internships for young debate alums, 3CU is making a difference for hundreds of talented Chicago Public School students, building the workforce of the future, and serving as an exceptional philanthropic role model for corporate citizens," he said.
Umair said he learned that corporate America is about asking questions and interacting with other employees to accomplish goals, while Mercado said he benefited from seeing how professional in marketing, law, underwriting, claims and loss control were able to see how everyone in the company functioned together.