Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through internships. Internships also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require one, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.
Many students are participating in myriad internships this summer. Meet: Bryan Harvey
He is: A senior from Otsego, Mich. in the Accounting program at Ferris.
Internship: Harvey is interning with Meridian Health Plan in Detroit Mich.
What he is doing: Harvey works with Payment Integrity and does side work with Claims and Enrollment Encounters. Typically, he creates a job base for new employees when they want to look up certain parts within the company. He makes sure that when they pay providers, they are paying correctly. So this entails a fee schedule and code sets that the Federal Government gives and has to be uploaded to the software correctly. They then check if any rates have changed, quotes have changed or taken out. There are projects that interns are given to research specific topics, Harvey’s project is Unreachable Members. This helps the interns learn more about the company.
His favorite part: The opportunity Meridian Health Plan has provided the internships. Whether it’s networking with executives or why they are stationed in Detroit. They also extended the internship, which has provided extra time with the company and more learning experiences. Harvey loves that he is a part of the business world and seeing what it offers.
His future plans: He would like to continue a career with Meridian Health Plan once he graduates in May 2016. Until then, he is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant.