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Last Updated 10/15/18
Building on the success of the China Intern-Pilot Program in 2004, NAIC developed a formal International Internship Program in 2005 to advance working relations with foreign markets, emphasizing the exchange of regulatory techniques and technology. The program was formally renamed the International Fellows program in 2010. The Fellows participate in a week-long orientation program in Kansas City, Mo., focusing on the broad principles of insurance regulation in the United States. Each Fellow then travels to a different state for nearly five weeks, working in technical areas of their specialization under the supervision of a state insurance department staff member, who serves as a mentor and host.
The NAIC welcomed 11 fellows to the program on October 15 at the NAIC Central Office in Kansas City. Countries represented this spring include China, Egypt, Kenya, Panama, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Thailand. Host jurisdictions are District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.
The program will conclude in New York City with training at the NAIC Capital Markets & Investment Analysis Office. The NAIC Fellows Program is conducted twice a year — spring and fall.
More than 290 participants from 35 countries have participated in the training program. In addition, since 2006, nine secondees from Korea have been hosted by either California or Hawaii. Thirty-nine U.S. jurisdictions have hosted these non-U.S. regulators, including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. We look forward to additional jurisdictions joining this growing list.