Langmia Fonjoe, a two-time intern with Nationwide and recipient of The Surety Foundation’s Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program (SFIISP) for minority students, addressed the General Session at the SFAA Annual Meeting in Washington.
Full of energy and enthusiasm, Lang shared his experience with the Foundation’s program and his gratitude for the opportunity to enhance his educational experience at St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management with a professional internship at Nationwide.
Lang interned with Nationwide (Freedom Specialty at the time) during the summers following his sophomore and junior years. Clearly, the internship was beneficial for both Lang and the company, as they offered him the opportunity to work part-time during the school year. Nationwide also extended Mr. Fonjoe an offer to join the company as a surety professional upon graduation in May, which he accepted. Lang stressed the value of both the scholarships and the internships in his remarks, and spoke highly of the encouragement and support he received from the team at Nationwide as well as staff of The Surety Foundation and SFAA, and the role that this support played in his ultimate career choice. As the industry prepares to face 400,000 retirements in the coming years, Lang’s address beautifully demonstrated the value of The Surety Foundation’s SFIISP program and its potential to infuse the industry with young, talented professionals.
Given the current low unemployment rate and the significant number of industry professionals nearing retirement, many in the industry are approaching the identification of talent with an increased sense of urgency. The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) continues to refine its efforts to promote careers in the industry in general and, through The Surety Foundation, to attract talented minority students in order to further diversify the industry in an effort to address rapidly changing business needs.
The Surety Foundation will launch the 2018 program at the end of the summer. You can demonstrate your support and make a difference in the industry through tax-exempt donations to The Surety Foundation and by identifying potential internship opportunities for the summer of 2018.
Please contact Barbara Reiff for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.