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Stenger named Greater Fort Wayne Intern of the Year

January 12, 2016

Indiana State University junior Meagan Stenger has been recognized as the Greater Fort Wayne Fellows Program's 2015 Intern of the Year.

An insurance and risk management major from Shelbyville, Ill., Stenger received the award after completing an internship at MedPro in Fort Wayne, which was among 15 companies participating in last year's fellows program.

"This was the last award given out at the end of the year banquet and when they started reading the winner's nomination letter I could tell it was me because of little key words," Stenger said. "I definitely cried because I wasn't expecting it at all. The people at MedPro spent so much time with me, showing me what to do and they didn't have do it, but they wanted me to get the most I could out of the experience and I am grateful for that."

Because of her quality of work as an intern, MedPro offered the opportunity to participate in the yearlong fellows program to Stenger, a Gongaware Scholar who began looking for an internship in her sophomore year with help from Rebecca Wray, director of Indiana State's Networks Financial Institute.

She learned about MedPro from Wray the day before the company was sending representatives to campus, but the short notice didn't keep her from being prepared for the on-campus interview.

Following the interview, Stenger was asked to do a follow-up visit in Fort Wayne and interview with the company's management team. She "fell in love with the campus" and eagerly accepted the offer to do 12-week internship in underwriting - the career path she plans to pursue after college.

As an intern, Stenger was tasked with ensuring MedPro's anesthesia business was categorized correctly, which included analysis of more than 2,200 physician applications. She also took the initiative to review the company's pain management/pain medicine physicians to ensure they were correctly categorized.

Stenger also had the chance to shadow the company's vice president of underwriting as well as employees in other areas of the company, including operations, actuarial, claims, facilities and dental.

"I'm very thankful for my classroom work because it gave me the definitions of things, so when people would use policy language I would pick up on it easily because I had looked at insurance policies before in my classes," she said. "What the internship did was allow me to apply what I've learned."

Impressed by her work, MedPro selected Stenger to participate in the year-long Fellows Program, which included a nonprofit retreat where she toured The Rescue Mission and created a presentation about the organization after interviewing the marketing director about the organization's mission, worked with United Way on a program to encourage cooperation among various nonprofits in Fort Wayne and helped host events for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Through the fellows program, Stenger participated in social activities with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, the area's largest young professionals network, and attended personal development workshops to boost confidence when talking to professionals and learned about emotional intelligence, social media and other topics.

"It was a professional development, seminar-type of program with 15 fellows," she said. "We all lived in the same apartment complex and did a lot of community engagement and service activities together, as well as professional development."

Nearly a year after her internship began, MedPro nominated Stenger for the fellows program's Intern of the Year. The selection committee selected Stenger for the recognition and honored her with the award late last year.

"Perhaps the best way to judge the effectiveness of an intern is the impact left behind by the absence of the student in September. Meagan's underwriting team started May challenged by their leader to pilot an underwriting internship where the demands were high, the projects real and decisions by the student were to come with real consequences for success or failure," Stenger's nomination letter stated. "She did an exceptional job with this project and demonstrated her public speaking skills when she presented the results to the underwriting managers and underwriting leader, addressing the group of colleagues with a clear, concise message and real results."

The experience, both on the job and in the fellows program, helped to reinforce to Stenger that she is on the right career path as she prepares to graduate from Indiana State in 2017.

"I got to have relationships with insurance agents and got some really good training," said Stenger, who will intern with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Indianapolis this summer. "MedPro was my first experience getting to see what it is like to be an underwriter and I absolutely loved it."

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or