Business Insurance Underwriting
Professional Development Program

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your analytical and communication skills? The Travelers Business Insurance Underwriting Professional Development Program (UPDP) is a highly structured training program that provides you with the foundation for a strong underwriting future.

Underwriters are the heart of the insurance process, using finely tuned analytical skills to evaluate the acceptability of business and institutional risk. However, underwriters are more than just analysts – they are the relationship builders with our agents and clients. They are responsible for managing a profitable portfolio of business through our distributing agents and brokers. An underwriting career includes a dynamic blend of analytical and selling skills – it’s stimulating, exciting and a great career for the right individual.

The UPDP is designed to develop skills in insurance coverage, underwriting, sales and product knowledge through a structured program that combines classroom training and experiential learning with individualized coaching and mentoring. This is a yearlong multi-faceted program that gives participants the business and technical skills they need to understand the core of our business and to launch their careers as successful Travelers underwriters.

Training and development

This development program is a combination of training in the local field office (under the guidance of a manager and a mentor/coach) and classroom-based technical and sales training sessions at Travelers’ largest campuses in Hartford, Conn., and Saint Paul, Minn.

The field office on-the-job training includes an online curriculum, hands-on account work, agency visits and networking opportunities. The classroom-based technical and sales training sessions are taught by coverage and subject matter experts and include interactive learning activities. Participants also have meetings with Travelers senior management, take tours of Travelers Risk Control Laboratory and Claim University and network with other UPDP participants from across the country.


  • Undergraduate degree with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Effective communication skills – written, verbal and presentation abilities
  • Analytical skills
  • Marketing- and sales-oriented
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Travel to Hartford, Conn., and Saint Paul, Minn., for training
  • Current/valid driver’s license
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States

Business Insurance Underwriting Professional Development Program 

Suggested majors

  • Business administration
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Liberal arts (with a business focus preferred)
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Risk management and insurance


Positions are available in various offices across the United States.

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