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International Fellows Picture November 2019

Last Updated 10/14/19

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. The Fellows participate in a week-long orientation program in Kansas City, Mo., focusing on the broad principles of insurance regulation in the United States. Each Fellow then travels to a different state for five weeks, working in technical areas of their specialization under the supervision of a state insurance department staff member, who serves as a mentor and host.

As part of the Fall 2019 Session, the NAIC welcomed 11 fellows to the program on October 14 at the NAIC Central Office in Kansas City. Countries represented this fall include Bermuda, India, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Tunisia. Host jurisdictions are Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

The program will conclude in New York City with training at the NAIC Capital Markets & Investment Analysis Office.

More than 310 participants from 35 countries have participated in the training program since its inception. 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.

Additional Resources

Fall 2020 International Fellows Virtual Program: October 12-16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 International Fellows Program will not take place. However, the NAIC invites international insurance regulators to apply to our first-ever VIRTUAL training program. The program will feature lectures by NAIC technical experts covering all aspects of U.S. state-based insurance regulation. Spaces are limited, so APPLY NOW.

Fall 2020 International Fellows Virtual Program - Applications for the Virtual Program will be accepted through August 31, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified via email following the closing of the application period.

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

Rashmi Sutton
Senior International Relations Policy Counsel
rsutton@naic.org

NAIC Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR)

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