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Molina Healthcare, CSULB Launch Student Internship Program

Published: July 2, 2012

In a move that further strengthens its connection to the community, Molina Healthcare has launched a new internship program with CSULB called the Professional Development Program (PDP).

The new program is just one of many public-private partnerships under way at the health care company. The students began their internships in June and Molina Healthcare officials say many of them will stay with the company through December and beyond.

“We are excited about the PDP program because it gives our students the opportunity to work in one of the few business segments of the economy that is growing—healthcare,” said Michael Solt, CSULB’s dean for the College of Business Administration. “Plus Molina Healthcare has been an integral partner of Long Beach businesses for over 30 years.”

The first CSULB students (and their majors) to take part in the internship program include Amy Anderson (bachelor’s in health care administration), Arjun D. Indrodia (bachelor’s in health care administration-finance option), Roy Kassem (bachelor’s in health care administration), Stephanie R. Klein (bachelor’s in business administration-general marketing option), Kimberly Pearson (bachelor’s in business administration-finance, management and supply chain management option) and John Marshall Senkarik (master’s in business administration-finance option).

While Molina has hired interns before, the PDP has identified and is preparing talent for key positions at Molina through experiential learning, formal training and aggressive performance management.

During the internship, Molina executives are coaching and mentoring participants as they take on six roles in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, marketing, project management and business development. These positions allow participants to experience a variety of challenging assignments and make meaningful contributions to Molina’s business before they settle into a long-term career choice.

“These are exciting times for new health care administrators because the demand within the profession is expected to grow in a dynamic and ever-changing health care industry,” said Ken Millar, dean of CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services. “Our interns will have the capacity to critically examine and evaluate issues and trends that will influence the destiny of the health care system in the city of Long Beach and beyond.”

In addition, negotiations are underway to display CSULB student artwork at Molina Center.

“Having our students’ work on display at the Molina Center is a great way to showcase their talent and give them the visibility they need for future opportunities,” said Raymond Torres-Santos, dean for the College of the Arts at CSULB.

“From our recent acquisition of the Molina Center (former Arco Tower) to our Partnership for Healthy Living with CSULB and the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, Molina is an integral part of the Long Beach business landscape,” said J. Mario Molina, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare, Inc. “In addition to our health care mission, we believe in giving back to the community and that means being a good business partner especially with public institutions.”

About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH), a FORTUNE 500 company, provides quality and cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. Its licensed health plans in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri (through June 30, 2012), New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin currently serve more than 1.8 million members, and its subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate administration services in Florida. More information about Molina Healthcare is available at www.molinahealthcare.com.

–Sunny Yu