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Professional Development Internship (Summer 2018)

UnitedHealth Group

Professional Development Internship (Summer 2018)
Eden Prairie, MN Internship Paid


The Optum Leadership Intern Experience provides selected MBA participants with experiential learning opportunities that apply their MBA program acumen and leverage their work experience to innovatively shape transformative change in the health system. We are seeking highly motivated, passionate, MBA students with new ideas, approaches, and innovations. Selected participants will gain valuable healthcare business experience, develop executive leadership relationships and prepare them to be a future leader at Optum after receiving MBA.

Want to transform an industry? Optum is helping to make the health system work better for everyone. The Optum Leadership Intern Experience will provide interns an opportunity to view and experience aspects of our development program tailored for recent MBA graduates. Over the course of the summer, interns are exposed to challenging, high-profile business initiatives in multiple Optum businesses and/or corporate functions. Interns will experience work assignments aligned with their personal talents and Optum business priorities.

The Optum Leadership Intern Experience is your first step in securing a full-time, permanent position in the Optum Leadership Team upon graduation.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunities to work with the best in the industry professionals to innovate and solve complex health care challenges
  • Substantive experiential assignments and special project opportunities
  • Exposure to the Optum executive leader community
  • Networking across the organization and health care industry
  • With an emphasis on employee professional growth, participants receive formal development training and opportunities to learn our industry and our business

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working directly with Optum businesses to help determine needs and solve complex and strategic business challenges
  • Conducting strategic research to shape investment, growth, quality and innovation
  • Analyzing and validating business recommendations to enable operational preparedness
  • Supporting business improvement initiatives with operational assessments and suctioning
  • Work in teams leading business process redesign opportunities
  • Making recommendations to Optum leadership based on business case and analysis


Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Currently pursuing an advanced degree – MBA - with a target graduation date no later than June 2019
  • Ability to work as a summer intern at the Optum location in Minnesota during the summer of 2018
  • Minimum of three years of previous professional work experience
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship, now or in the future, for employment-based work authorization (F-1 students with practical training and candidates requiring H-1Bs, TNs, etc. will not be considered)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a willingness to explore a variety of business challenges
  • Demonstrated agility in learning
  • Excellent relationship management skills; ability to work with all levels in a matrix environment
  • Strong communication, impact, and influence skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze business data and strategy
  • History of quickly gaining credibility, partnering with business leaders and exhibiting executive presence
  • Proven ability to articulate business strategies and formulate concise solutions to complex problems
  • Champion continuous change, consult with versatility, exhibit personal leadership and model a customer orientation
  • Superior conceptual, analytical skills
  • Ability to succinctly interpret data and strategic frameworks for executives

About Us

Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone.

A Top 10 Fortune company, we're focused on helping people live healthier lives while making the health system work better for everyone. Here, we seek to empower people with the information, guidance and tools to make personal health choices. We work harder and we aim higher. We expect more from ourselves and each other. And, at the end of the day, we’re doing a lot of good for more than 85 million people worldwide.

Fun Fact

UnitedHealth Group is working to create the health care system of tomorrow.