https://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/

UnitedHealth Group

Software Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I learned many new technologies and was able to apply them to solve a real problem in the healthcare industry.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Step out of your comfort zone when applying for internships -- that's what I did and was able to land a great internship and gained valuable experience.
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Data Analytics Intern

May - August 2018 • Minnetonka, MN

What I liked

exposure to a very large and succesful company. lots of intern events to learn about optum and the corporate world in general

What I wish was different

the work was inconsistent and very mundane. do not feel like a developed many technical skills

Advice

great exposure to the corporate environment and the healthcare industry in general. although the work can be mundane and a bit unrewarding
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Hartford, CT

What I liked

I loved the hands on experience and the exposure to all the cutting edge technology they use! They truly are working to make healthcare better for everyone.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Technology Development Intern

June - August 2018 • Schaumburg, IL

What I liked

I really enjoyed working on a team on our summer project. We were able to do some meaningful work and really impact the role of automation in software design.

What I wish was different

I have no complaints. Other interns, however, felt as if their managers were not organized and did not provide them with enough work for the summer. If you feel this way, contact the TDP program manager ASAP and they will ensure that you have work to do!

Advice

The effort you put into the internship will correlate to how much you gain/benefit from this experience. Go in with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn. You are given a summer to not only produce meaningful work for the company, but to learn a tremendous amount. Utilize this opportunity to its fullest.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • Eden Prairie, MN

What I liked

Lots of opportunity within Optum and UnitedHealthgroup. These companies are some of the largest in Minnesota and the healthcare industry. They gave me a chance to really get my feet wet with software test automation.

What I wish was different

Sometimes with a big company you can feel over burdened with all the red tape. Lots of rules to jump through just to get simple things done, like installing needed software can be a headache. It would be nicer if the setup process was more streamlined.

Advice

Be friendly and open to other interns. You never know when you will run into them again.
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Technology Development Program

June - August 2017 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The working environment was very modern, and collaboration was encouraged. The managers were great to work with, and the projects had the potential to make a difference in the company.

What I wish was different

I was put on a project that was very technical in terms of computer science, despite being assured that I wouldn't be expected to code (I am not a computer science major, nor do I have much experience in the field).

Advice

Make the most of the time you have! It goes by quickly.
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TDP Intern

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Great office, generous pay / benefits, great culture.

What I wish was different

The posting made the position sound more exploratory (presenting an original idea shark tank style) but the tasks were predefined with little wiggle room.

Advice

Take advantage of the events around Boston.
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I absolutely love the culture at Optum. Although I am a Computer Science and Mathematics major, I am extremely interested in working in the business side of tech - perhaps as a Project Manager. Optum allows me to do just that! You can definitely pave your own path at Optum, and everyone is willing to help you find the right direction for you.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Just try it!
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Eden Prairie, MN

What I liked

I was able to get real world experience with a finance position within the Healthcare industry which is where I want to work out of college. I improved on my communication, teamwork, and excel skills as well as build a network for the future with other interns and employees of Optum.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

To work hard and never stop learning.
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Software Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Eden Prairie, MN

What I liked

The people and the environment were really cool. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

What I wish was different

Preferences would be taken more into account, as well as managers having a well-thought out plan for the summer instead of wasting time coming up with the details while you're there.

Advice

Your work and experience depends heavily on your manager. Make sure you're getting into something you're passionate about or something that interests you, otherwise your summer will be lackluster.
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Technology Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Eden Prairie, MN

What I liked

Fun intern team, great office building and cafeteria, some interesting projects.

What I wish was different

Better hands on interaction with the managers and full time employees. Interns on my team were left it handle themselves too often and there was hardly any interaction with full time employees. I feel like I still don’t know what it would be like to work full time there.

Advice

Be open and talkative at the interviews and you’ll be fine getting an offer. They hire many interns so as long as you present yourself well you’ll likely get an offer.
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Project coordinator

June 2018 • Cypress, CA

What I liked

Great first job for a college graduate with easy going professionals.

What I wish was different

Learned more excel and word features in order to compete adequately.

Advice

Do your research before you accept the job! Consider commute and cost in lifestyle.
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Basking Ridge, NJ

What I liked

The Full-Timers were so nice and super helpful. They really taught me a lot and was always willing to help with whatever I needed. My team was also a lot of fun so I really enjoyed everyone invlved.

What I wish was different

I wish I would've adapted faster than I did. It took me a few days longer to get into the swing of things than my peers so I always felt behind.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions! You're only hurting yourself and your own progress by not asking for help.
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Backend Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Opportunity to work on real implemented projects with other interns and complete ownership of project

What I wish was different

Choice in project. Worked two summers there specifically asked not to do big data. Was told I would be doing robotics then switched to work on the same project from last summer working big data.

Advice

Take chances in leadership roles. Be the scrum master and work it. Consider interns and other full timers as your peers. Try using free time to work on personal pet projects or join clubs with other people in company.
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Actuarial Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

This internship was a very thorough learning experience. I liked the autonomy given to the interns during our projects. Every project was picked for the interns based on previous experience and personal interests.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Basking Ridge, NJ

What I liked

Great people, nice environment, helpful sources, and great offered projects to work on.

What I wish was different

Shorter distance from my house.

Advice

Learn as much as you can from all the different technologies that are used in this company and make a connection with lots of people.
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Eden Prairie, MN

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

The opportunity to work in the health care field showcased its complexity and how much room there is for improvement
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Software Engineering and UX/UI Design Intern

May - August 2017 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

This internship offered a great balance between structure and freedom to be self-directed. Teams of interns were given challenges to solve in the healthcare industry, and each team was able to decide how to organize itself and how to address the challenge.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more built-in opportunities to interact with full-time employees and their teams.

Advice

Take some time away from your own project to see what other teams are doing. You'll learn a lot from how others tackle problems. Often some of the best ideas that can impact your project will come from someone outside your team.
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Technology Development Program Intern

May - August 2018 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

Flexibilty on project topic, the ability to see and interact with other intern teams, enjoyable hours, incredible opportunity to work on meaningful projects

What I wish was different

The office feels smaller as it is not a HQ

Advice

Don't ever be afraid to ask for help; everyone is around because they want to help you learn. The entire experience is amazing.
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Technology Development Program Intern

June - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I had the chance to learn new technologies & Agile practices. I had direct contact with some of the users for my project, and my code will actually be used. All of the people I met at Optum were helpful & willing to give advice. I lived far away from the office, but Optum provided housing for interns that didn't live within a certain distance.

What I wish was different

Nothing! This was a wonderful internship.

Advice

Meet with as many full-timers as you can. As an intern with TDP, you work with other interns on a project. You do have a manager, business coach, and tech coach, but it was really helpful to meet people from other teams in order to get a better feel for the company. Most people were totally willing to meet for coffee!
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