I have one week left of my summer program, but I think this a good time to summarize everything I’ve done at Blue Care Network and try to make sense of this valuable experience.
A little background information before I delve into the specifics of my daily work at the job:
Essentially, because of Obamacare, the government had to pay a lot more attention to the healthcare industry, and coupled with the massive use of the internet, the government had to pay specific attention to a healthcare’s web directory. The quality of data on a health insurance company’s web directory can be ultimately reflective of its actual data in the databases it uses to create claims or terminate groups/doctors. In general, having bad data in the healthcare industry can affect thousands of people where costs might go up by accident because of a typo on some data entry.
So, as anyone would guess, my job was to help improve the quality of data Blue Care Network has in its web directory.
Some days, I would log physical mail received from doctor’s offices that would verify if their office information like phone number and address were correct. Other days, I would call the actual office asking if a certain doctor was still active at their location or if they happened to know what happened to a doctor that went awol online.
Of course, I’m not sure if I can add a lot of new skills based off the work that I did this summer, but I will definitely say that I was blessed to have met and worked with a ton of unique and interesting people.
I worked with 3 other college students in the summer program as a part of the Business Configuration Unit who all had very unrelated majors to the work that we were doing. For example, one co-worker hoped to become a doctor and planned on following a premedical path in college. Another co-worker wanted to start a music label and direct movies. Bottom-line, most of us did not see ourselves in a cubicle environment in the future.
Regardless of our differences, my co-workers and I bonded over random things that I didn’t think I could bond over with someone. Because of my experiences with forming relationships with my co-workers, I think I’ve essentially learned to become more empathetic to those who are different than me. I also think I became a better conversationalist.
At our location, there wasn’t a whole lot of young people working, and so I found that somewhat restricting in developing relationships and connections with those at Blue Care Network. However, I also found that I had a lot to learn from those who are years ahead of me because of their many experiences in overall life and in the professional world. I gained mentors who shared advice on a daily basis and who were always patient with my questions.
I’ve said this before in another post, but it just goes to show that internships really aren’t about the technical skills you develop but rather the connections and relationships you form that help you develop into the person that you aspire to be.
Would I come back to Blue Care Network? Absolutely. This was a great experience for me. I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out for the best.