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International Fellows: Host States

International Fellows: Host States
 

 

Last Updated 08/02/22

Building on the success of the China Intern-Pilot Program in 2004, the NAIC developed a formal International Internship Program in 2005 to advance working relations with foreign markets, emphasizing the exchange of regulatory techniques and technology. The program was formally renamed the International Fellows Program in 2010 and is conducted twice a year — spring and fall. 

The NAIC International Fellows Program is offered in two formats, virtually every Spring and in person every Fall. Prior to the global pandemic, the program was held in person during both sessions; however, operating the program virtually during the pandemic was successful and demonstrated a number of benefits. The Spring session provides the opportunity to international regulators that may not have the financial backing of their respective jurisdictions to attend the full program in person and allows for the accommodation of state legislative activities. The Fall session continues the hands-on engagement that is a hallmark for the program, during a time when more States have better capacity to serve as hosts. This hybrid model allows for the NAIC to reach a wider group of international regulators, while maintaining the focused and detailed outreach and in-depth experience that the program is highly regarded for globally.  

Since its inception, the International Fellows Program has hosted over 300 participants in person and another 200 virtually from over 45 countries. Forty-two U.S. jurisdictions have hosted fellows. In addition, since 2006, nine secondees from Korea have been hosted by either California or Hawaii. Forty-two U.S. jurisdictions have hosted these non-U.S. regulators, including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. We look forward to additional jurisdictions joining this growing list.

More information and sample program timelines: NAIC International Fellows Program Handout

 

Additional Resources

Fall 2022 In-Person International Fellows Program: Oct. 8 - Nov. 22, 2022

The NAIC invites international insurance regulatory bodies to consider nominating exceptional individuals in your agency for the upcoming Fall 2022 NAIC International Fellows Program. Note that candidates must be well-qualified professionals, possess English proficiency, and agree to return to their home agencies to work for at least three years following their fellowship. The NAIC and host state regulators will provide training materials. All other costs (airfare, lodging, meals, etc.) are the responsibility of the fellow's home agency and/or the fellow.

The program includes training at the NAIC Central Office in Kansas City, Missouri, where participants will learn how insurance regulation works in the U.S. and how the NAIC supports state-based regulation. Participants will spend five weeks working at a state insurance department, where they will see firsthand how states approach financial regulation, market conduct, licensing, and many other aspects of insurance regulation. Finally, fellows will spend two days at the NAIC's Capital Markets & Investment Analysis Office in New York City learning how the NAIC keeps state regulators informed regarding investment risks and trends in the market.

Program Timeline - Fall 2022 In-Person International Fellows Program 

The application period for the Fall 2022 in-person program has ended. Information on the Spring 2023 Virtual Program will be available soon. 

Contacts

Media queries should be directed to the NAIC Communications Division at 816-783-8909 or news@naic.org.

Nikhail Nigam
International Relations Policy Advisor
nnigam@naic.org 

NAIC Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR)

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