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Kacey Lo

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Minor: Statistics
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned at Novartis in their Managed Markets Finance division. I was assigned to the Medicaid team, in which I worked to set up government contracts and conduct financial analyses of those contracts. Each day, I learned something new, and specific projects I worked on include generics competitor benchmarking and forecasting profitability of different Medicaid bid decisions.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship impacted me in many ways academically and professionally. At the start, I learned high-level concepts in healthcare and finance, but by the end, I was able to combine skills to solve real problems and communicate those solutions effectively. Furthermore, I was able to delve deeper into healthcare and more fully appreciate the complexities of how a drug gets to the consumer. As Novartis is a very large company, I also took advantage of learning from others outside of Medicaid: finance-wise, from product strategy to treasury, and product-wise, from hematology to oncology.

"My future plans are to pursue life sciences or healthcare economic consulting after college and to broadly think about solutions to more effectively make healthcare more accessible as a whole."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Especially after this internship, I have solidified an interest in healthcare, especially on the affordable access side. My future plans are to pursue life sciences or healthcare economic consulting after college and to broadly think about solutions to more effectively make healthcare more accessible as a whole.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Chapel Executive Scholarship directly supported my internship experience. It helped fund my professional development, while helping cover transportation and housing costs. It made a huge difference and allowed me to focus on learning and working this summer.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

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