Southeast Senior Puts Actuarial Science Skills to Work with Delta Dental of Missouri

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Southeast Missouri State University senior Anika Hasija is applying her mathematics skills this summer as an actuarial intern with Delta Dental of Missouri.

Delta Dental of Missouri is a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, concentrated on providing dental and vision insurance.  Their work in the healthcare field has provided an interesting and unique opportunity for an internship, Hasija said.

A native of New Delhi, India, Hasija is putting her mathematics major and actuarial science option to work, creating and developing a network guarantee model for the company.

It’s an amazing opportunity because Delta Dental will continue to use her model long after her internship is complete, she said.

“It is my job to create a model that can be used now and, in the future, to see if the guarantees we provide groups and companies are being met or not,” Hasija said.

Her typical day consists of meetings, presentations, and working with professional actuaries and data analysts while improving the network guarantee model. Additionally, she runs monthly queries for account managers in the Delta Dental network.

“I have made great relationships with all my co-workers, which has made me more confident in myself to continue building new relationships out in the real world after graduation,” she said.

Working on a real program for Delta Dental has given her the opportunity to write queries in industry databases, including SQL and Excel VBA database management systems for satisfaction guaranteed verification.

“I knew it would help me get the hands-on experience I need to work in the real world before I graduate,” Hasija said. “This internship has given me an opportunity to work side by side with experienced actuaries and learn from them.”

She also has learned a new programming language and enhanced her professional communication, networking and time management skills.

“This internship has made me able to work more independently with little guidance. I believe that is a very important thing to learn in the working world,” she said.

Hasija credits her success at Delta Dental to the skills in mathematical equations, formulas and methods she’s learned in courses at Southeast.

“My favorite moment was when I had to work on writing a policy for Delta Dental’s authority limits, and my supervisor loved the policy I wrote and approved it right away,” Hasija said.

When she returns to Southeast this fall, she hopes to apply her new and improved skills from the internship to the classroom. After graduating in May 2020, Hasija plans to earn her Associate of Society of Actuaries designation.

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