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Internships

Undergraduate Internship Program

As a participant in our summer internship program, you’ll work on meaningful and exciting projects during your summer break to gain the hands-on experience you need to prepare for a career in the Fortune 500. You’ll interact with other Cardinal Health professionals, business partners, customers and vendors, making meaningful contributions to real-world projects from day one. You’ll participate in a formalized program, increasing your knowledge of Cardinal Health and the healthcare industry. You’ll even develop essential leadership skills. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be given the opportunity to explore different career paths and interview for full-time roles. 

Internship Program

Experience

Projects: Contribute to the bottom line by assuming large responsibilities through meaningful work and challenging projects and present your findings to leadership at the completion of your internship.

Committees: Participate in intern-run committees and enhance your leadership skills by focusing on an area of interest outside your daily workload.

Camaraderie

Community service: Embrace the importance of giving back to our local communities by participating in community service events with fellow interns and other employees across the country.

Teambuilding: Challenge yourself while building trust and support among the intern class through teambuilding activities.

Networking

Employee resource groups: Join one of the seven Employee Resource Groups such as the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) or the African American Network (AAN) to expand your network.

Executive interaction: Connect with the CEO and other executives at the Intern Welcome Dinner and through the Executive Speaker Series.

Development

Mentor and intern advisor: Receive career advice and feedback one-on-one from your mentor or in a small group setting from your intern advisor.

Future opportunities: Explore full-time positions and options for post-grad including EMERGE, our entry-level leadership development program where participants rotate through different departments and locations.

Professional workshops: Enhance your business acumen by attending career development and educational workshops.

Locations
Cardinal Health has two primary locations for summer internships – Dublin, Ohio or Waukegan, Illinois. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus and home to Cardinal Health’s corporate headquarters. Waukegan sits 30 miles outside of Chicago and is home to both corporate and customer service functions. Additional internship opportunities are often available in various locations throughout the United States.
Who should apply?

Cardinal Health primarily recruits current, full-time students who meet the following criteria:

  • Progression toward a bachelor’s degree in a related field to the internship
  • Recommended GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Relevant coursework and/or projects
  • Previous internship experience preferred, but not required
  • Strong leadership, communication and analytical skills
  • Established work ethic and ambition
  • Extensive community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Process and results orientation
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; Cardinal Health will not sponsor students for work visas or other employment authorization

Note: If you are offered a position and you accept that position, the offer is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a drug test, completion of a background investigation, and demonstrated evidence that you are eligible to work for any employer in the United States.

All applications will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. In order to be considered, students must apply for the Summer Internship Program. 

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When should you apply?

Fall: Summer internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our careers website. To officially register as a candidate, you must apply online. All resumes are reviewed and the most qualified candidates are contacted for an interview.

If you are not seeing a previously posted position or you receive no results during your search, the position is no longer available or we are no longer accepting applications. We receive hundreds of applications each year and only the most qualified candidates will be contacted by a College Relations Recruiter for further consideration. In addition, please visit your career services office to see if Cardinal Health will be conducting on-campus interviews.

Winter: On-site interviews take place, offers are extended and start dates are finalized.

Spring/Summer: Interns arrive to participate in the summer-long (typically 10-12 weeks) internship program.

Examples of Internship Programs

As a finance intern, you will assist in the financial planning and analysis to forecast and budget the expected financial performance of the company. Opportunities are available in various departments, including accounting, audit, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury. Responsibilities may vary based on department. You could potentially support the Finance organization in several of the following ways:

  • Assist with annual budget cycle, forecasting and analysis of financial results
  • Review and analyze key account profitability and develop recommendations to improve profitability
  • Develop, analyze and prepare reporting capabilities to support strategic initiatives
  • Enhance sales and sell margin reporting
  • Contribute to tax return and tax provision preparation
  • Participate in an audit designed to determine the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls over financial reporting
  • General accounting – assist in accounts payable; gain exposure to SAP general ledger applications
  • Project Accounting –assist in activities related to project review, reporting, and depreciation forecasting
  • Miscellaneous ad hoc reporting requests

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website 

 

As an Analytics intern you will assist in the overall responsibility…………

  • Integrate customer analytical views across sales, finance, operations, customer service, etc.
  • Analyze and identify trends and establish opportunities for business impact
  • Support business objectives and projects by developing and presenting analytical insights
  • Develop, analyze and prepare reports to support strategic initiatives
  • Create dynamic  data visualizations to support data driven decision making
  • Utilize advanced analytical methods to reduce costs or increase revenue
  • Catalog, reconcile, and curate data and analytical processes to enable more effective insight generation
  • Miscellaneous data and analytical requests to support agile business processes

As a corporate communications intern, you will assist in creating a consistent message and brand to both internal and external audiences. Opportunities are available in various departments, including community relations, external communications, internal communications, meetings, events and trade shows and public relations. You could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

Public Relations:

  • Audit the company’s online media relations capabilities and develop a plan for improvement
  • Assist in media measurement and analytics
  • Assist in clip tracking
  • Assist in news release writing

Meetings & Events:

  • Gain an understanding of event management activities
  • Gain a broad exposure to the various business segments within Cardinal Health
  • You will assist the Meetings, Events & Tradeshows staff with various meetings, events and conferences
  • You will be given meetings to manage on your own
  • You will travel to the location of the Retail Business Conference to assist with on-site activities
  • You will be given many responsibilities and will be expected to meet deadlines

Communications:

  • Analyze current web-site content to ensure consistent messaging and brand standards
  • Write and post articles as needed
  • Write talking points, speeches, and collateral to be used by speakers and participants at various conferences
  • Draft PowerPoint presentations and produce videos for various conferences, observing corporate brand standards and consistent messaging
  • Assist with stakeholder analysis, by mapping out audiences, messages, and communication vehicles
  • Assist with copywriting, by writing copy for print, electronic or web-based vehicles
  • Assist with distribution, by monitoring and updating distribution lists to ensure proper delivery of communications

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website 

As a CSS Intern, you could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

  • Support the planning and execution of key projects for Customer Support Services
  • Assist in efforts to drive process simplification and process efficiency, as well as implementation of enabling tools that support that effort
  • Assist in the planning and execution activities to support strategic objectives to improve the customer experience, increase selling time for the sales team and improve the mix of projects sold
  • Participate in the identification and resolution of issues identified during deployment
  • Others duties upon request

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website

As an engineering intern, you will help research, design and develop medical electromechanical devices and disposables that improve operating room productivity and clinician safety. Opportunities are available in various departments, including environmental technologies, packaging, patient care, research and development, and scientific products. You could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of scientific principles
  • Demonstrate a disciplined experimental approach to solving problems
  • Perform tests, analyze and solve technical problems with guidance
  • Interface with product teams, contribute ideas, take action and ensure follow-up accordingly
  • Experience projects at various stages of development including initial planning to product release
  • Assist with engineering analysis, product design, product testing and establish test methodology
  • Work in a cross-functional environment, interact with individuals from marketing, sales, manufacturing, packaging, regulatory, quality and legal
  • Assist with the definition and verification of customer requirements for new products and product maintenance

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website 

 

As a Fuse intern you will assist in the overall responsibility……

  • Translate business requirements into technical specifications
  • Create technical documentation and specifications for single system components
  • Administer project plans, budgets and other key deliverables for project managers
  • Participate in testing execution efforts
  • Collect data, perform basic needs analysis and effectively communicate results
  • Analyze data between multiple systems and make appropriate updates
  • Work with business and IT resources to resolve data quality issues

Test, monitor and review implemented solutions; perform analysis of collected data and communicate findings to appropriate parties

As a human resources intern, you will assist in the overall responsibility for implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals. Opportunities are available in various departments, including diversity, compensation, learning and development, talent acquisition and talent management. You could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

  • Gain exposure to a major HR process and the strategic role HR plays
  • Assist with HR process by providing analysis and customer support
  • Support the business strategy through managing and updating HR data, as well as project management work
  • Attend business unit and corporate HR team meetings to gain exposure to the broader field of Human Resources
  • Researching best-practice policies and programs regarding current employment trends
  • Research best practice policies and programs regarding current employment trends
  • Evaluate services delivered by HR vendors
  • Analyze reports/trends and create custom reports based on company need
  • Conduct employee/manager focus groups, surveys, etc. in order to recommend site specific pilots
  • Participate with Voice of Employee survey and results
  • Bench-mark industry practices of employer of choice organizations
  • Additional Research/bench-marking projects as needed

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website 

As an information technology intern, you will partner with various departments to ensure the most efficient technology solutions. Opportunities are available in various departments, including architecture, application design and development, application support, business analysis, infrastructure, risk management and project management. You could potentially support the Enterprise Information Technology organization in several of the following ways: 

  • Translate business requirements into technical specifications
  • Create technical documentation and specifications for single system components
  • Administer project plans, budgets and other key deliverables for project managers
  • Participate in testing execution efforts 
  • Collect data, perform basic needs analysis and effectively communicate results
  • Analyze data between multiple systems and make appropriate updates 
  • Work with business and IT resources to resolve data quality issues 
  • Test, monitor and review implemented solutions; perform analysis of collected data and communicate findings to appropriate parties 
    Please note: These roles will utilize a strong business background, as well as excellent communication and analytical skills. The majority of these roles are not technical-focused. 

    Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the site.

As a marketing intern, you will assist in aiding the sales force to promote Cardinal Health’s products and services to our customers. Opportunities are available within various departments, including ambulatory care, independent and retail pharmacy, presource, hospital supply and laboratory products. You could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

  • Develop marketing collateral utilizing own skills and/or outside services
  • Maintain market segmentation research data
  • Assist with projects through research, analytics and delivery phases
  • Communicate with internal and external business units
  • Support the design and development of training tools and product information pertaining to corporate initiatives
  • Work with product managers to coordinate the logistics of training with customers and business units for integrated solutions
  • Assist with corporate trade shows and exhibit opportunities
  • Assist as needed with projects related to season trade shows/meetings - gain marketing and business unit knowledge
  • Others duties upon request

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website 

As an operations intern, you will gain exposure to how medical supplies are distributed to hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes and pharmacies throughout the country. Opportunities are available in both corporate and warehouse environments. You could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

  • Identify, analyze and implement new or improved technologies or processes
  • Develop, optimize, measure and maintain performance and productivity
  • Respond to field requirements for process improvement, facility or technology solutions
  • Knowledge and application of Lean Six Sigma principles and techniques
  • Assist with the Blueprint Process through data gathering, analysis and implementation
  • Assist with a network analysis or capital project
  • Analyze existing key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Design and document workflow to ensure operational effectiveness
  • Participate in a Kaizen Event

Internship positions are posted in the fall of each year on our jobs section of the Careers website

MBA Internship Program

The MBA Internship Program is an intensive 10-12 week opportunity that provides work within a fast-paced and challenging environment. MBA interns contribute to meaningful projects, interacting and working side by side with industry experts. Our internship program also provides a robust speaker series, which allows interns to hear from top executives throughout the summer. Our company relies heavily on our internship talent pool to fill full-time positions. As an intern with Cardinal Health, you will have the opportunity to interact with other interns and participate in tours, executive speaker series, and presentations that will increase your knowledge of Cardinal Health as well as develop your leadership skills.

Experience: Interns work with other Cardinal Health professionals on their team, as well as business partners, customers and vendors on substantial projects in addition to daily work. At the end of the summer, each intern has the opportunity to showcase their work in a presentation to business leaders.

Networking: Interns have the opportunity to learn from key business leaders through the “Executive Speaker Series” and “Executive Round Table” sessions. They also have the opportunity to network with other professionals through both formal and informal networking events.

Development: Interns participate in a formal one-on-one mentoring program, as well as professional workshops to enhance their business acumen. They are also able to explore full time career paths throughout their internship experience.

Camaraderie: The internship program offers various social, teambuilding, community service events, as well as tours to help interns build a solid network of peers.

We recommend full time students who are in the first year of their MBA program and meet the following criteria apply for a summer internship at Cardinal Health:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Progression toward an MBA with a focus in Finance, Strategy or Marketing
  • Relevant coursework and/or projects
  • Previous work experience preferred
  • Strong leadership, communication and analytical skills
  • Established work ethic and ambition
  • Process and results orientation

MBA Internships are available in the following areas:

Finance 

  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Corporate Treasury
  • Corporate Development

Strategy

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Unit Strategy
  • Corporate Development

Marketing

  • Product Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Brand Management

Meet Nick

Throughout my internship at Cardinal Health, I was able to network with high-level managers, directors and other individuals in the program, as well as make a contribution to the community with my work. The willingness of leaders to meet with an intern was astounding.

Nick, Sr. Analyst, Finance EMERGE