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Why I Returned for Internship Round Two
August 4, 2017 | Express Scripts
Mary Kate is an intern in the Financial Planning & Analysis department currently working to create an Integration Playbook for the Finance organization.
Two years ago, with my senior year at Duquesne University quickly approaching, I decided to add some industry experience to my resume and began searching for my very first summer internship. Hoping to return home to St. Louis for the summer, I discovered lots of great finance and accounting opportunities in the area.
After many hours of research, I was most fascinated with an extremely large company that I had never heard of: Express Scripts. A recruiter from the company reached out to me, and I spoke with a few members of the Internal Audit team before being offering an internship position for the summer of 2016. I was very excited to accept the offer, but also slightly intimidated because this was my first dive into a corporate environment.
Learning my role as an internal audit intern
From day one it was apparent that the company as a whole, as well as the Internal Audit department, and internship program, were highly engaging and fast paced. The projects I worked on never ceased to amaze me.
On a regular basis I had the opportunity to work directly with senior leaders on projects that actually contributed to the company’s success. No two days or weeks were ever the same. One week I performed actual analytic detail testing that directly fed into the workflow of audits. The next allowed me a glimpse into several audits at various stages in their life cycle, and the ability to participate in meetings with process owners to learn how their departments functioned. From there, I got to try my hand at assisting management with compliance audits. Never once was I given “busy work”.
The impact of my summer internship
When the summer was over and my internship wrapped up, I returned to Duquesne ready to start my senior year. In talking with my business school professors and peers about my internship experience and all the relevant projects I worked on, I realized how unique my time at Express Scripts was. Few other students were given the opportunity to hear from senior staff on a weekly basis – which helped me garner a sense of involvement across the entity- or participate in intern-wide volunteer and social events, which provided a great way to connect with interns outside the office. I couldn’t help but feel lucky for the time I spent interning at Express Scripts and the knowledge I left with. It was clear that I had grasped a better understanding of the finance and accounting industries and I was able to gain a real understanding in my courses.
Returning with a new perspective
As my senior year progressed and I began looking into full-time opportunities post-graduation, I just couldn’t shake Express Scripts from my head. Reflecting on the values of the company and my phenomenal experience from the past summer, I made the decision to return for my second internship – this time in a different role. I was excited to build upon my skills gained in Internal Audit, and continue the relentless hunt to understand the Finance organization.
This summer, I’m working as an intern in the Financial Planning & Analysis department. My main project these past twelve weeks has been developing a Finance integration playbook that could be used for future projects. During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with several high-power decision makers in the Finance department and draw upon their experiences to influence future companywide initiatives.
By accepting a new role, I gained a fresh perspective and had the ability to continue my professional development and overall understanding of Finance operations. While I’m thankful for this company for many reasons, I most appreciate leadership’s ability to continuously create an intern culture where even those who return for round two are never let down and learn something new every day.
In fact, I’m blessed to announce that I will be returning for round 3 in a few short weeks, this time as a full time employee.
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