Zurich, Zurich, CH


Swiss Re Institute Internship 'Nature and Health' 

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


Are you intrigued by questions around life quality, nature and health? Would you like to contribute to a better and more resilient world? 

We are looking for a highly motivated and methodologically competent Intern who assesses the positive impacts of nature on individual health. Your major task is to conduct a publishable meta-analysis, which captures the increasing scientific evidence of the positive impact of nature on health (physical and mental health). Ideally, your study will unfold the quantitative benefits of green environments on cardio-vascular risk, respiratory risk, or depression risk.


Your main activities will also include:

  • Connect the positive health effects to insurance costs, potentially considering geo-spatial differentiation
  • Apply the findings to our relevant health insurance portfolios; ie in form of a scenario analysis
  • Propose elements of a strategy how to work with our clients to better promote the positive impacts; this would ultimately end in support for biodiversity, (peri-)urban greening; and a re-assessment of rural health risks
  • Gather your insights in a written study and present results to Swiss Re colleagues


The study will enable you to interact with a variety of partners within Swiss Re. You will be involved in business relevant discussions at the interface between research and (re-)insurance.


About the Team


Swiss Re Institute Risk Research provides research in support of the development and implementation of Group and Business Unit strategies. We initiate, develop and lead risk related research projects, partnerships with international institutions as well as the corresponding network of experts across a broad range of risk topics. 


Swiss Re Institute Life & Health R&D team provides unique insights into portfolio drivers and capital steering. We identify and analyze structured/unstructured datasets throughout the world that provide insights on health trends and developments. The gained research insights establish the basis for the future prediction of health and mortality trends. We provide thought leadership and client services within and outside Swiss Re on key research topics such as medical advances, consumer behaviours and ageing populations.

About You

  • You are pursuing a Master degree in a Medical discipline, Psychology, or (Conservation) Biology or another biodiversity science; or ideally in a combination
  • Proficiency in English and German (written and spoken)
  • You have a flair and strong motivation to understand how biodiversity/ecosystem services impact health, and how this relates into insurance and insurance costs
  • You possess good quantitative, good ecosystem services modelling skills and analytic capabilities
  • You have strong research, analytical, data processing, and writing skills
  • You are a great teammate with good communication skills
  • You are passionate about innovative (re)insurance topics and to work in an international and diverse environment 


Duration of internship: 6 months, ideally starting December 2019 / January 2020


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

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