Rachael Miller was a Claims Configuration Intern at Centene Corporation in Town and Country, MO. Centene is a Managed Care Organization focusing primarily in distributing state Medicaid programs to individuals and communities who utilize those services. Rachael did her internship in the summer of 2018.
How did you get your internship?
I got my internship because a Truman alum reached out to Professor Smith about the internship program and he encouraged Truman students to apply. I think it helped that I listed a current Centene employee in the “Who referred you to this position” portion of the application. It helps you stand out from people who are just blindly sending out resumes.
What sorts of things did you do during your internship?
This summer was the first time the configuration department hired interns, so the roles of the position were a bit more loosely defined. For the most part, I had the opportunity to shadow different employees within the department and other sectors of the company as well as learn how the healthcare system operates in the US. Although it’s not the role I was hired for, my favorite part of the summer was joining in on a project with the data science department. There, I helped to create models to identify future target provider spending ratios and developed an interactive application that keeps track of relevant provider data.
How did you benefit from the internship?
The most significant thing I gained this summer was the opportunity to network within a national corporation – I’m hoping to find a job as an actuary in the future, so the chance to meet with actuaries who work in healthcare was a really valuable opportunity.