Alex Brosseau, BS Accounting completed an internship at Centene Corporation this summer. Here he answers some questions about his experience and talks about how the Webster University Career & Internship Fair helped him find his internship. 

 

Q: What is Centene? How would you describe it to fellow students?

A: Centene’s business model is focused entirely on providing affordable healthcare. The business centers on finding cheaper and more effective ways to improve the health of their community ‘one person at a time.’ Centene is a large corporate conglomerate that’s growing rapidly- they’re balancing this growth with being connected and representative of the communities they’re in.

 

Q: What was your internship at Centene?

A: Internship- Financial Planning and Investments (FR&A.) I worked on budgeting.

 

Q: How did you hear about Centene?

A: Last summer, I worked at Southside Early Start in the accounting department. Southside provides childcare, family resources such as counseling, and English as a second language training. I knew about Centene because they were financial supporters of the center. I knew they gave back to their community and were good corporate citizens.

 

Q: How did this translate to an internship?

A: I met Centene recruiters at the Career Planning and Development Fall Internship Fair. The campus recruiters were very pleasant and they set up several interviews pretty quickly. After the interview call backs, I was able to choose from two internships.

 

Q: How was the internship program experience at Centene?

A: I was one of 100 interns, one of four from Webster University. The program was incredible. Every day I learned something, because the company made learning easy and available. There was also an awesome speaker series. Every week we would meet with a C-suite executive, such as the Director of Marketing. My biggest take away was seeing the pathways to those careers as visible and attainable. Also the intern class spent an evening in the Centene Cardinals Box.

 

Q: What is one takeaway you received from Centene?

A: I met all kinds of people. Coworkers can become your friends and they can make work fun. My co-workers had all sorts of interesting hobbies and they were happy to take me out to lunch. It was a great workplace culture.

 

Q: Would you recommend the Centene Internship Program?

A: I would highly recommend Centene to students. They can challenge you, teach you, and you will have tangible actions and items that you accomplish throughout the internship. I am an ambassador for the program at Webster University, which means I offer the student to student perspective anytime a recruiter is on campus.

 

Q: What are you involved in at Webster University?

A: I am the Accounting Club President, a Student Ambassador, member of Chain-link Improv, and play Ultimate Frisbee when I have the time.

 

Q: How did you apply what you have learned in college to the workplace?

A: Time management as a student is different, but transferable. When in the workplace, you work 8-5 and all of that time is spent working and thinking. But when you are finished with the day, you are done for the day.

 

Q: What does the future look like after graduation?

A: I have received an offer from Centene. I will give it a lot of consideration, but I also don’t want to make a final decision now.

 

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Webster University introduced the Forensic Accounting graduate program five years ago. Today, students like Sean Ayres are graduating from the program, and landing incredible jobs. Sean was offered a job at Grant Thornton, one of the largest and fastest-growing audit, tax and advisory service providers in Chicago.

Sean’s college education began at Webster University when he pursued an undergraduate degree in Accounting. During that time, Sean got involved by participating in on-campus events and the Student Government Association as the Secretary. He also noted learning some valuable communication skills as an undergraduate as a bartender at Llewelyn’s.

In the classroom, Sean enjoyed his time in the auditing course with Professor Rich Dipple. Dipple soon became his mentor, and the combination of advice, natural skill, and interest in the subject led his to pursuit of a MS in Forensic Accounting.

Dipple is very proud of his student and described him as someone who is sharp and has perseverance. Dipple is very proud to see how Sean has moved ahead but not surprised, saying, “[Sean] stuck to it and always had a mature approach.”

Sean valued his time at Webster University. While he did not study abroad, he said the global perspective he gained from getting to know international students and their culture in conjunction with the campus culture enriched his college experience. Sean is appreciative of his liberal arts degree, it helped his ability to critically think and he says, “Webster was a place where people could be themselves.”

Sean will now have the opportunity to travel with his new job. Since he gained an international perspective at Webster University, the anxiety of international travel is shed and he could not be more excited for the new experience.

Finally, Sean’s advice to students is to talk to professors and get to know them; they are valuable resources. He encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities available at the University in order to reach full success, saying that his experiences are proof of that.

Sean now resides in Chicago with his wife and their dog. Sean is working alongside a group of Webster University alum in the beginning process of making an official Webster University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter. He’s is excited about the potential of the network for future and former students.

The Walker School extends a congratulations to Sean. We are proud to call him an alumni and wish him the best in his future.

Alumni Tutors Needed!

On October 5, 2015, in Announcements, St. Louis Business Community, by Walker News

Calling all Walker School graduates with finance experience. you are invited to share your expertise with students by serving as a tutor for current students.  We are in need of tutors to assist students who are pursuing their MBA degrees from the Walker School.  In particular, we are seeking volunteers to tutor students in the areas of finance, accounting, statistics and economics.

hs-programming-3You can tutor based on your own schedule; either once a week, once a month or every other month.  Tutors are needed Monday – Thursday between the hours of 4:30 -7 p.m. at Webster University’s metropolitan St. Louis area campus locations, as well as its home campus in Webster Groves and its off-site corporate locations.  Online tutoring options are also available. Tutors receive a letter of appointment from Webster’s Academic Resource Center and are paid for the time spent tutoring.

If you are interested in giving back to the Webster University community, please contact Dr. Caprice Moore at cmoore@webster.edu or 314-246-5950 for more information.

 

A Master’s Degree Forensic Accounting: Smart Move.

On December 17, 2013, in Announcements, by Walker News

Give yourself a competitive edge with a master of science degree in Forensic Accounting from the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It’s the only graduate degree program of its kind in Missouri, combining accounting, auditing and investigative skills.

The program curriculum includes courses in criminal and civil investigation, legal procedure, management of evidence, cyber forensics, substantive law, valuation, economic damages and internal auditing.  Graduates of this program will be well prepared for a career in this interesting mix of accounting, investigation, valuation and law known as forensic accounting.

Webster University’s master’s degree in forensic accounting is designed for the adult professional with convenient evening classes offered one night a week.  Learn more and apply today!

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Math/computer science professor Ali Ovlia celebrates the launch of his textbook.  

Accountants have spoken the language of business for generations. They first communicated with clay tokens, then symbols and finally numbers. Now accounting has crossed paths with IT and at that intersection is Math and Computer Science Professor Ali Ovlia’s new book, Accounting Information Systems: The Crossroads of Accounting and IT.  This week, the Walker School celebrated this month’s release of Ovlia’s textbook published by Prentice Hall. The book, written with co-author Donna Kay,  is designed to give students a competitive edge in the accounting field. 

“Today technology and accounting go hand in hand,” says Ovlia. “To fully comprehend accounting, professionals must appreciate how these two disciplines work together and understand how to speak both their languages.”  

“This work by Ali will transform accounting for years to come,” said Dean Benjamin Akande. “A published work like this from our faculty proves to the world our relevance in higher education and gives our students the best and most up-to-date education possible.”  

For more on Accounting Information Systems: The Crossroads of Accounting and IT, read Ovlia’s story at www.webster.edu/notabene2011. For pictures from our party, check out our photo gallery on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/SBT.Webster).  

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