Economics major and Heron lacrosse team member Delia Lawver ’21 is interning this summer at Aon, a leading global professional services firm.
A member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, Lawver is working on the Greater New York analytics team supporting operations and new business and learning “how to assess a company’s risk and subsequently mitigate that risk through insurance policies,” she says.
Day-to-day, much of her work involves talking to brokers and running weekly reports. Additionally, she’s working with a cohort of fellow interns on a project to increase engagement and awareness of Black professional networking within Aon. Lawver is also finalizing a project that examines how COVID-19 pricing pressures impact Aon’s client base, specifically in the Greater New York region. “This project has taught me a lot about the current state of the insurance market and Aon’s capabilities in helping clients in times of financial distress,” she notes.
Lawver views the internship as a valuable step toward a post-graduate career and enhancing her other experiences. She previously interned with NovaBlock Capital, a digital asset investment firm, and conducted economic research for the nonprofit Episcopal Relief & Development.
“I knew I was interested in economics and finance when I began my major, but I never really knew what part of the financial services industry would best suit me,” Lawver says. “I’ve had some internships where I learned a lot, but realized I couldn’t see myself in that particular role. I’m confident my internship experience with Aon will help me further explore my interests.”
Like many Hobart and William Smith students, Lawver turned to the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Experiential Education for help during for her internship application process. “I had the opportunity to go on the NYC finance trip during my sophomore year and connect with alums at Aon and other companies. Career Services did a great job organizing that trip and then helping me navigate conversations with potential employers,” she says.
On campus, Lawver works for William Smith Game Management, is a member of the Finance Society and was named a Liberty League All-Academic as a member of William Smith lacrosse.
“I’m really lucky to have great advisers and coaches at HWS who always push me to challenge myself,” she says. “My experience on the lacrosse team has taught me a lot about time management, work ethic and teamwork, which are vital to my success as an intern.”