“The representative from the Shriver Center that I met with, Casey Miller, personally emailed me and recommended the summer intern position at CareFirst, so I took his advice, applied, and ended up having a great experience. I would recommend this internship to any undergrad Information Systems major, and I may not have even applied for it if it wasn’t for the Shriver Center.”
Major: Information Systems
Internship Site: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Corporate HQ
Location: Owings Mills, MD
Title: IT Intern/Associate
Position Description: I was a member of the Information Technology Best Practices & Planning Team at CareFirst BCBS, a major health insurance provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our team was responsible for tracking all of the projects in development in the Information Technology division of CareFirst; we generated comprehensive reports and would regularly present our findings to the VPs, the CIO, and CEO. The IT division at CareFirst employs over 600, so it was a great way to experience working in the corporate world for the first time.
What are the benefits of participating in an internship, co-op, service-learning or research experience?
The benefits were that I had a full-time job for the whole summer, so I was working and making money; I also learned a lot from working in the IT field that I would never have learned in a classroom; it helped give me a clearer picture of what life would be like after college if I continued to pursue my major and work in the IT field; and I learned some real, marketable computer skills on the job that I would not have learned for another year or two in school.