The VCU Risk Management and Insurance Program is home to a nationally recognized program that prepares students for high-demand careers in risk management, financial services and other areas of the insurance industry. Opportunities include:

  • Networking — Attending career-enhancing meetings and conferences will expose you to networking opportunities with industry leaders and professionals.
  • Scholarships — Through ongoing industry support, we were able to offer $30,000 worth of scholarships in 2018-19 academic year.
  • Internships — Paid and for-credit internships with industry employers are available to help bolster your resume.
  • Employment — Risk management insurance is a high-demand industry with 500,000 new jobs projected in the next five years.

Program Overview


Gamma Iota Sigma

Gamma Iota Sigma is the international business fraternity for students pursuing careers in insurance, risk management and actuarial science.

Our faculty adviser works with chapter members on resume review, interview preparedness and finding internships, scholarships and full-time employment. Active GIS students who are successful academically often graduate with multiple job offers in the industry.

To apply, bring your completed application form and dues ($60 for a new member, $40 for renewal) to Snead Hall, Room B2170. Make checks payable to Gamma Iota Sigma. For more information, email

RMI Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 VCU RMI Trends Conference! Here’s a link to photos from our 2020 conference.

This signature event examines the trends and emerging risks in the industry during a half-day format filled with intriguing speakers and topics. The conference is supported by major industry sponsors. Proceeds support the Risk Management and Insurance Studies program and fund student scholarships. 

Save the date:
2021 VCU RMI Trends Conference- Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 


Retirement-planning seminars

VCU RISC offers retirement-planning seminars taught by industry professionals. Class sizes are limited.

Retirement Planning Today

Learn how to manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan and adjust your estate plan based on new laws. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals.

Winter 2021 Classes

Retirement Planning Today - John Tyler Community College
In the event of location closure due to COVID-19 or inclement weather, the in-person classes will be online.
John Tyler Community College's Midlothian Campus
Eliades Hall – Room E201
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, Virginia 23114

  • Tuesdays – January 26th and February 2nd from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturdays – January 30th and February 6th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Retirement Planning Today ECPI University
In the event of location closure due to COVID-19 or inclement weather, the in-person classes will be online.
Innsbrook Campus – Room 118 
4305 Cox Road 
Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • Thursdays - January 28th and February 4 from 6:30 to 9:30pm
  • Wednesdays - February 3rd and February 10 from 6:30 to 9:30pm  

Online Class

  • Tuesdays - February 9 and February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
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  • Becoming a part of the RMI program was one of the best decisions I have made.
    Alan Castillo
    Associate Underwriter with James River Insurance Company, Class of 2016
  • Insurance is the backbone of the American economy. It is the key tool of risk management that helps to facilitate commerce.
    Kyle Samuel, CIC
    Managing Director at USI Insurance Services