My Career Path from Technology Intern to App Developer

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My Career Path from Technology Intern to App Developer at Optum

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What is the Technology Development Program?

Our 8-12 week summer internship program is geared specifically for college students with an interest or aptitude in technology. In the Technology Development Program (“TDP), interns work on a variety of tech projects from big data to clinical and health IT apps.

The 13-month rotational program is geared for recent college graduates. Participants get experience working in the areas of Application Development, Data Management, Infrastructure, Project and System Analysis.

More than 1,000 of the brightest minds in tech will be joining us this summer in offices across the country from California to New Jersey. And now with a new Boston office (with a rooftop deck!), there’s plenty for us to be excited about, too. But first, let’s meet Samantha B:

From college student to technology intern

“At first I was undecided on my major and took a philosophy class called “Reasoning and Argumentation”. This course was an intro to formal logic, which is applicable in many areas of study. I asked my professor about other fields I might also be interested in. She suggested Computer Science, which I very much enjoyed.

Additionally, I always liked to build and fix things. I still build and restore my own furniture. Software and application development was a natural path for me – it’s ‘building’ applications using technology.  

 “TDP has been a fantastic growth experience.”

I first learned about the Technology Development Program at a college career fair. All participants begin in a class with their peers, so you’re never the “new guy” in the office, which can be intimidating. I was put in a variety of unique work situations even within my first year of the program.

You’ll never find a shortage of networking opportunities here – both formal and informal. Participate in speaker series, networking events and speak with navigation coaches. If you’re interested in a certain aspect of the business, most people would be happy to meet if you reach out.”

Does Samantha’s story appeal to you? Explore your options or learn more about life at UnitedHealth Group and consider us a place to start doing your life’s best work.SM

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