“Being able to travel was my best internship memory. It was a great opportunity to see how the distribution centers function to help further my understanding of Cardinal Health.”

Ashley Malone
Name: Ashley
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Alumni of: Denison University
Degree: BA in Economics and Math
Internship at Cardinal Health: Corporate Audit
Current title: Consultant (Corporate Development), Finance EMERGE

 

Why did you choose Cardinal Health for your internship?
When I began my search I actually looked at internships nationwide. Cardinal Health did not recruit much at my school because it is a small liberal arts school with no accounting major. So, I reached out to Cardinal and emailed back and forth with college relations and eventually got an interview. Although, I interviewed with other companies around the same time, I decided to go with Cardinal Health because it had the best offer and it was where I wanted to be.

What has been most rewarding about your Cardinal Health experience?
All the opportunities I have been given have been most rewarding. When I was an intern, they knew my time at Cardinal Health would be short so they made it a point to expose me to the medical, pharmaceutical, and corporate segments. I worked with Cardinal Leaders and traveled on actual audits to gain great experience. Now, in my current role I am able to use that knowledge and continue to gain more exposure to Cardinal Health.  

What is your current role and responsibilities?
I am in the financial development program and work in Strategic Pricing as a margin analyst. One of my main responsibilities is to create customer analyses for our medical sales reps. Another responsibility that I have is to help launch our new pricing analytics program called PROS. I recently went to our National Sales meeting and trained sales reps on one of our pricing programs.  

What skill do you think was most important in helping you during your internship?
The skills that were most important during my internship were organization and multitasking. The act of ‘following up’ is essential in audit. So being able to figure out what you need to do during the day, what information you need, and how to stay organized is very important.  

What is your best internship memory?
Being able to travel was my best internship memory. It was a great opportunity to see how the distribution centers function to help further my understanding of Cardinal. I even got to visit a nuclear pharmacy for a week. That visit gave me the chance to see the ins and outs of a nuclear pharmacy, which, is not something you can do in a corporate setting.  

What is your #1 suggestion to current students looking for an internship?
I would suggest applying to a lot of internships. It is incredibly competitive out there. Every business wants you to have internship experience but you can’t gain experience unless someone gives you a chance. So reach out to a variety of companies and remember to follow-up. Keep trying and get your resumes out there. The biggest thing is networking.