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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives Announces 2012 Summer Internship Program for New York and New Jersey High School Students

NEW YORK (Feb. 20, 2012) – UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives business announces its 2012 Summer Internship Program for high school students in the greater New York City region.


Created in 1996, UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives Summer Internship Program is a seven-week paid internship program for Asian-American high school juniors and seniors in New York City and New Jersey that gives students an opportunity to work at local companies and participate in community service projects. Interns also attend workshops that will help prepare them for either the workforce or college, with topics such as job interviewing skills, business etiquette and attire, and financial literacy.


UnitedHealthcare has worked with more than 100 companies and nonprofit organizations in New York City and New Jersey's Asian-American community to help nearly 500 students gain valuable work experience over the last 17 years.


"The Summer Internship Program provided me with an excellent opportunity to experience the professional world and build a foundation of important business and leadership skills," said Victor Zhao, who participated in the Summer Internship Program last year. "I encourage students to apply for this unique opportunity."


Qualifying students can apply online. The deadline to submit an application is April 20, 2012.


Area employers are also encouraged to participate. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcareSIP.com or call (646) 571-8268.


"For more than 16 years, my firm has partnered with UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives to provide students the opportunity to get valuable, hands-on work experience," said Peter Lau, CEO of Confucius Pharmacy. "We also have benefitted from the fresh perspective and energy these students have brought to our business and look forward to working with them again this summer."


Along with work experience, students will take part in community volunteer projects. Last year, the student interns worked with New York Cares to create a mural focusing on the importance of environmental conservation and donated the mural to Yung Wing Elementary School, P.S. 124, to help celebrate the school's 35th anniversary.


"The UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for us to help develop young business leaders and serve the local community along with our business partners," said Chris Law, national vice president of UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives. "We encourage Asian-American students in New York and New Jersey to apply for the internship and local employers to help us grow this program this summer."


UnitedHealthcare's Asian Initiatives, established in 1994, was one of the first health plans to provide culturally relevant health care services to the Asian-American community in New York City's Chinatown area. Since then, UnitedHealthcare has opened offices serving Korean-American, Pakistani-American and Indian-American communities.


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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.