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Brianna Saylor Selected for Prestigious NAPSLO Internship

Brianna Saylor

Brianna Saylor, a senior from Berea, has been selected for the highly competitive, National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) internship program.

She will be among 15 college students from across the US participating in the nine-week opportunity to work in both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace. Industry leaders will guide the experience of working with actual risks - all while earning a generous salary, paid travel and housing, along with a stipend for incidental expenses. Interns also compete for the chance to attend the NAPSLO Annual Convention in the fall, and for additional scholarships to study in the London and Bermuda markets.

According to Saylor, she had wanted to apply for the NAPSLO internship for a while but had been on mission trips with Campus Outreach the last two summers. Last fall, while studying abroad at London South Bank University, she submitted her application and was contacted for a SKYPE interview with the NAPSLO board.

It wasn't long before she received a conditional offer with one question - what region did she prefer to work? "I really did not have a preference because I knew the Lord would place me right where I belonged." She will find out for sure in early March and is just thankful for the opportunity.

Last year, Saylor was one of only 30 students nationwide selected to participate in the prestigious Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program - an award that she has been selected for again this year. After receiving the Benedetti award, she was weighing career options to find one best suited to her personal traits. At the time, she was exploring the possibility of working in excess and surplus lines.

"At the conference in San Diego, I made connections with NAPSLO interns who encouraged me to apply for this internship.

In addition to maintaining a 3.7 GPA (4.0 in her major), Saylor’s schedule is filled with extracurricular activities. She has served as a member of Campus Outreach, the Madison County Business and Education Partnership Committee, the Student Government Association (as director of community relations), the Future Is Now Eastern Kentucky University Expansion Committee and Alpha Omicron Pi.

The Madison Southern graduate has made the most of her time so far here at EKU. According to RMI assistant Debbie Ellis, "Brianna is a very smart, active, and fun student to have around. She is a person of high morals and commitment. I am sure she will be an asset to our program and EKU. This scholarship is very prestigious and it could help launch a lucrative career for Brianna."

Saylor plans to graduate in May and says, "I am thankful for this opportunity among all the others that the Risk Management program at EKU has provided. I have had an amazing four years at Eastern Kentucky University. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and been a part of it."

For more information about EKU’s Risk Management and Insurance Program, visit

Published on February 14, 2017

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