Zurich, Zurich, CH


Agriculture Innovation Intern 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.


About the Role

Drought risk is a growing concern for farmers in Northern Western Europe and an additional insurance demand is expected in the years to come. Through our cooperation with our insurance and R&D partners, we have access to detailed datasets for Germany, such as field level crop yield, soil moisture data, crop growth indices and models.


The objective of this internship is to analyze the correlation between the yields of the farmers and the satellite and ground data and models. Based on the analysis, proposals shall be made for drought index products in Northern Western Europe.


About the Team


You will be part of Swiss Re's Special Lines innovation team along with four other interns working on a variety of innovation topics related to the insurance industry. The purpose of the innovation team is to inspire a collaborative environment, encouraging new ideas, exchange and dialogue.


For this specific project, you will work with the Agriculture team and will be exposed to underwriters and business activities related to this line of business.


About You


  • You are completing Master studies, preferably in environmental, agriculture or remote sensing
  • Feels at ease with large data sets and can code in Matlab/ R / Python
  • Has worked with satellite images to analyze geophysical processes
  • Has made some first experiences with statistical modeling
  • Basic understanding of agriculture production is a clear benefit
  • Excellent oral and written English. Other language like French, German are a plus
  • Teammate who naturally brings individuals together as needed, across countries and functions
  • Reliable, open-minded, creative and enthusiastic
  • Delivers high quality work also under pressure
  • Excellent organisational skills


Duration of internship: 4-5 months, starting Feb or March 2020


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

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