Zurich, Zurich, CH

Specialty Internship: Forward-looking views (6 months, 50-100%)

Are you ready to dive into the dynamic field of agriculture excellence and risk innovation? If you're a dedicated Master student with a passion for uncovering complex datasets, refining pricing strategies, and contributing to the forefront of industry trends, we invite you to explore this extraordinary opportunity.

About Agriculture

Agriculture is part of Global Speciality which is a diverse team of problem solvers driven by passion, powered by knowledge. With over 200 underwriters across 10+ offices, our team combines Swiss Re's dedicated Specialty lines of business in Reinsurance: we are Agriculture, Aviation, Credit & Surety, Cyber, Engineering and Marine & Energy. Our purpose is to make today's and tomorrow's complex risks more accessible and lead Swiss Re's innovation and sustainability ambitions.
Over the coming years the trend of global warming will influence weather patterns, in turn impacting food production and associated food security for millions of people. Improving our ability to understand related weather and climate projections across different client segments, will support portfolio steering and build a more resilient future.


About the Role

This role will help improve the understanding between mid- and long-term seasonal and climatic forecasts and agricultural insurance risks.


  • Analyse forecasts for seasonal weather, climate, ocean oscillations and upper air patterns to identify datasets with a high predictive skill
  • Quantify the predictive skill and uncertainty depending on the forecast horizon.
  • Examine the interconnectivity between the forecasts and annual crop production in different geographical regions.
  • Develop a forecasting methodology and documentation of the  relevant factors and its accuracy.
  • Collaborate with senior team members and cross-functional teams to improve and update methods.


The internship will be for 6 months, starting in Spring 2024.

About the Team

The applicant will be embedded within the Agriculture Product Centre, in our Specialty business unit, working in a multi-cultural team serving clients around the world. The job requires close collaboration with experts and leaders in our underwriting and actuarial department teams, all part of Swiss Re's Specialty business.

About You

As a brilliant critical thinker, you're a naturally detail-oriented professional. Your strong interpersonal skills make it easier for you to work within a team. Flexibility and curiosity play a role in your ability to learn new skills quickly.

  • Master student in natural science such as climatology, agronomy, geo sciences or engineering
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and self-starter demeanour.
  • Proficiency in statistic software (Python or R) as well as Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities.
  • Eagerness to learn and adapt to dynamic insurance industry requirements.
  • Team player who thrives in an international work environment. 
  • Reliable, open-minded, creative, and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent oral and written English. Other languages are a plus.


We are looking forward to your application! Good luck!

Due to immigration regulations non-EU/EFTA and UK citizens must provide a certificate from a Swiss university confirming that an internship is integral to their course of study. Kindly submit the mandatory letter from your university with your application documents 

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About Swiss Re


Swiss Re 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. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime. Combining experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise, we create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 14,000 employees across the world.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. We embrace a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work and their passion for sustainability.



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