Data Collection for Natural Hazard Modelling - Internship

Location 75-PARIS, France
Experience level Internships
Job details sector Risk Management
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The AXA Group


The AXA Group, a worldwide leading insurer, supports and advises its customers, individuals and businesses at every stage of their lives by meeting their needs for products and insurance, pension, savings and wealth transmission.


The headquarters of AXA Group, based in Paris 8th, brings together the Group's corporate activities. It coordinates the various entities with the Group's strategy, and is responsible for managing international projects. The peculiarity of the seat lies particularly in the presence of a strong international culture (37 nationalities). Aware of the challenges, AXA is a responsible and innovative Group that is constantly redefining standards to better serve its customers and employees.


The Departments


The internship will be based at the AXA Group Risk Management (GRM) department.


AXA GRM brings together multidisciplinary high-level teams composed of actuaries, engineers, PhDs and financial analysts, based in Paris (65 people), Zurich (15 people), Madrid (20 people) and New York (5 people). The modelling of natural catastrophe (CAT) risks is a key activity within the AXA risk management framework that impacts business decisions at both local and Group levels. Modeling accurately the impacts of natural events is a great technical challenge with the data collection of 30 million of policies, the parallel use of multiple modeling solutions, and finally the assessment of almost 50 country x peril levels of risk to define the adequate level of reinsurance protections necessary to ensure solvency and earning protection.


Within the P&C department, the intern position belongs to the CAT & Reinsurance team (12 FTE with high level of expertise in CAT, 4 IT developers and 5 interns) which is organized in three excellence centers (Operations, R&D Modeling and Reinsurance). The intern will join this dynamic team dedicated to the monitoring and the modeling of Natural Hazard risks borne by the company.


Role and Responsibilities:


The accuracy of the CAT modeling result is strongly impacted by the quality of the input data (geographical localization, building characteristics, defense systems …). The objective of the internship is to collect, transform and implement external databases within the modeling framework to improve the accuracy of the natural hazard risk assessment. The steps that are envisaged are:


  1. Collect worldwide administrative shapefiles, building data characteristics, satellite images ...
  2. Update the internal databases (geographical referential, building, topographic and claims databases …)
  3. Define and implement innovative tools for the use of natural hazard models (ex: spatially disaggregate exposure when GPS coordinates are not available; treatment of satellite images to recognize and map flood defenses…)
According to the advancement of the project, it will be also possible to work on the operational production of the CAT risk analysis which is performed on a yearly basis to compute the reinsurance capacity. Beyond the possibility to acquire knowledge on how CAT risk is assessed and modelled within a leading insurance company, the intern will have the opportunity to be immersed within R&D activities and to work within an environment of technical excellence

Profile Requirements:
The candidate, at the License 3 / Master 1 level, will have a specialization in geosciences, computer science, mathematics or equivalent (engineering schools…) with strong analytical skills and the ability to evolve in a diverse technical environment: 
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree
  • Robust programming skills (R / Python / SQL …)
  • Interest for academic research
  • French and Business English (spoken and written).
  • Team work
  • Autonomy

Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our noble mission and to work together as one global team to empower people to live a better life? Here at AXA we strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.

In a fast-evolving world and with a presence in 64 countries, our 165,000 employees and exclusive distributors anticipate change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of our 107 million customers.


The headquarters of the AXA Group, based in Paris 8th, brings together the Group's corporate activities. It coordinates the various entities with the Group's strategy, and is responsible for managing international projects. The headquarters has approximately 800 employees and is distinguished by its strong international culture (39 nationalities).