CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 23, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University Senior Samson Webster of Florissant, Missouri, earned an internship with pharmaceutical giant Express Scripts in the headquarter office of St. Louis.
Express Scripts is one of the leading companies in the nation and holds status as one of the top 20 Fortune 500 companies. The internship program is a 10- to 12-week experience that exposes interns to various sectors of business while developing their professional skills through discussions with senior level management.
Samson, who is majoring in management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, previously held an internship with AT&T the summer before his junior year. He says he understands the value of experience outside the classroom and looks for companies that match his personal values. He chose Express Scripts because he felt the company to be a place in which he could grow professionally and potentially see himself working after graduating from Southeast in the spring.
“Choosing a company to intern with is a big decision. Ultimately I wanted to be somewhere I could picture myself working in a few years upon graduation. Throughout my interview process, I began to develop a great rapport with members of the company. I wasn’t treated like an ‘intern’. These relationships really made me comfortable accepting the offer,” said Samson,
Earning an internship with Express Scripts was nothing short of competitive. The company boasts over 30,000 employees alongside 100 interns throughout the nation. Samson worked in the St. Louis office, which is also the company headquarters. His responsibilities varied as he worked in different departments.
“Throughout the summer, I was able to get a multitude of experiences under my belt working in various departments ranging from IT to Account Management. This summer was a great opportunity for me to build upon my professional network, and I enjoyed meeting and interacting with my colleagues from across the country,” said Samson.
These interactions and experiences have given Samson a first-hand glimpse of life after college. He says he credits his experience for shaping his path and giving him the motivation to push through his last year of undergraduate studies to the best of his abilities.
“As a college student, it is great to be able to experience your field before graduation. School equips you with a lot of useful knowledge, but internships are the best way to apply that knowledge to real world situations,” Samson said.