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Shannon Turner '15 - Centene Corporation

Shannon Turner '15

Centene Corporation – Financial Planning & Analysis Department Intern, Summer 2018

Current Position: Financial Analyst at Centene Corporation

I attended the Alumnae INC event my junior year of college. I was studying Finance at Mizzou and decided I wanted to try to find a summer experience that was geared toward my major. I was seeking advice from people in the industry and it was actually my friend from Cor Jesu’s dad, who works in public finance at Stifel Nicolaus, who encouraged me to go to the INC event at CJ. It wound up that quite a few financial firms were going to be at the event, so I signed up.

At INC, I made connections with Edward Jones, Centene Corporation and NISA Investment Advisors. It was great! And ultimately, thanks to the event, I ended up with a summer internship in the Financial Planning & Analysis Department at Centene.

My internship was excellent. I really enjoyed the team I worked with and the work was challenging. I explained monthly variances for corporate departments and worked on reports for the CEO and the CFO – all as just an intern! I loved going to work knowing that I was really contributing to the company. I enjoyed it so much that when they offered me a full-time job for after graduation, I happily accepted.

I began full-time at Centene in June 2019 as a Financial Analyst, and it is all thanks to INC. Because of INC and the internship experience at Centene, I went through my entire senior year of college knowing that I had a job after graduation. It was such a relief. I encourage all CJA alumnae to attend INC for a few reasons:

  1. It could lead to an internship and even a full-time job.
  2. Networking is NEVER a waste of time. Even if you don’t find something that interests you or get an internship/job, you will make connections that will be useful down the road.
  3. There are workshops available if you don’t have as much experience networking that are very beneficial.
  4. Headshots! You will receive a professional headshot and those are SO important. You need one. You absolutely need a professional headshot. 100%.

There is no doubt in my mind that if I had chosen to lay on the couch that day on winter break as opposed to attending the INC event, I would not be where I am today. So definitely attend INC this year!