Above: BCBSND Legal intern, Skyler Ienuso (left) with his friend Ty.
In this employee spotlight, we feature Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Legal intern Skyler Ienuso.
What brought him to Blue
Skyler’s journey with Blue started during his first year of law school at University of North Dakota (UND) School of Law. Law students are generally encouraged to gain experiential credit by practicing in the field during the summers. Having worked in the health care and public health field prior to law school, Skyler knew Blue would align well with his interests.
The skills he brings to Blue
Having received his master’s degree in public health from UND, and specializing in population health analytics, Skyler’s primary skills include legal research and writing. He also brings his acquired knowledge of public health and biostatistics – both relevant topics to the BCBSND Caring Foundation’s recent work on North Dakota’s Social Determinants of Health Study. Skyler appreciated the data that came out of the study saying, “I think it gives people the opportunity to really look at the published data and pinpoint where issues are in the community.”
A typical day at Blue
Skyler resides in Grand Forks, so his commute requires him to start his day earlier than most. Thankfully, the summer internship doesn’t come with blizzards or icy roads, just some local construction and the average rush hour.
While interning in the Legal department, Skyler was able to get a good look at what our general counsel does on a daily basis.
“It’s been exciting to see the contract reviews, service agreements and business associate agreements in action. I’ve enjoyed watching the attorneys interact with one another as they redline and review contracts and figure out the language for the final contract,” shared Skyler.
What Skyler likes best about #LifeAtNDBlue
Skyler’s favorite part about Blue is the people he’s been able to work with saying, “I’ve met some of the nicest and most professional individuals here. My supervisors are always open to chat and have always been able to answer any questions I might have regarding contracting or other legal questions.”
What he hopes to take away from Blue
As the internship wraps up for the summer and Skyler continues his law school journey and career, he hopes to take away the values and professionalism he’s experienced at Blue.
“I think it’s important to have a degree of pride in the work you do and I definitely see that here at Blue,” said Skyler. “There are people who are really trying to make a difference and that’s really all anyone can ask for.”
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