Priority Health Internship Gives Speese an Opportunity to Understand the Use of Analytics

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 Megan Speese:

Megan SpeeseShe is: Speese is a senior from Morley, Mich. In the Business Data Analytics program with a concentration in Medical Informatics.

Internship: She is interning at Priority Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.

What she is learning: Health insurance was something that Speese wasn’t very familiar with, since she’s been with Priority Health and how they use analytics that an analyst would help support these projects. A massive project she worked on she was able to pull her own data and make sure it was all valid, and cleaned it. The analysis helped the Medicaid team.

What she is involved in: Speese is the vice president and Co-Founder of the Data Analytics Association, which was just launched this year.

Her future plans: When she graduates in May 2016, she would love to continue working with Priority Health or Spectrum Health. She would like to stay in the Grand Rapids area, but is not opposed to moving out of state. Until then, she is excited for her last year and to get Data Analytics Association started and getting the word out about what it is.