Summer Associate Position at Close Concerns, Inc. in San Francisco
Close Concerns is a healthcare information firm focused on diabetes and obesity, dedicated to improving patient outcomes by educating physicians, researchers, business manufacturers, policymakers, and patients about the most important news and research in the field. With readers at academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, drug and medical device companies, and government bodies, Close Concerns is widely respected in the healthcare community. We study new research and interview clinicians and thought leaders, working with our advisory board of world-class endocrinologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurses, and community health workers to help make everyone smarter about diabetes and obesity. Our firm is led by Kelly Close (Amherst ’90, Harvard Business School ’95) and located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.
The Summer Associate position at Close Concerns is ideal for someone with a pre-med/science background and/or economics as well as strong interest in business or public health. In addition, those with strong writing skills and/or experiences are encouraged to apply. The position is 10-12 weeks in duration. Summer Associates assume significant responsibility and autonomy while at Close Concerns, working closely with one or two people from the company. They may also take on responsibility at our sister non-profit organization, The diaTribe Foundation. Summer Associates take on and complete independent projects in areas related to public health, scientific inquiry, technology, and/or general management. In the past, successful Summer Associates have received bonuses for their strong performance and have been extended full-time offers following graduation.
The Summer Associate position entails a wide range of projects, tasks, and opportunities, including (but not limited to):
- Analyzing, synthesizing, and summarizing data used in internal analysis projects for improving business operations
- Researching, analyzing, writing, and editing reports for our regular publication
- Attending and reporting on major research meetings, such as the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in Orlando in June 2018
- Significant opportunities to learn the latest in the medical science of diabetes and obesity, and public health
- Broad and deep exposure to multiple facets of the healthcare industry, including drug development and regulation, public health, technology and mobile health, clinical care, and business
- Donating time to The diaTribe Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes. The Foundation publishes diaTribe, an online resource which can be found at www.diaTribe.org
- Opportunities to meet with international leaders in diabetes and obesity medicine and top business leaders in the fields of diabetes and obesity
- Opportunities to participate in healthcare-focused management consulting projects
- Opportunities to mentor high school students through our Junior STEM Associate summer enrichment program aimed at enhancing young women’s engagement in science and healthcare
TO APPLY: Please apply for the Close Concerns Associate position by February 2, 2018 by visiting closeconcerns.workable.com. Please do not apply through your school’s career portal – we will not receive these applications. Earlier applications are highly encouraged.
In addition to the question fields in our online application, please attach the following as a single merged PDF document in the "Resume" field:
- Resume as PDF – please include undergraduate GPA as well as name of your high school and GPA or rank
- Transcript in PDF format (unofficial accepted, but GPA must be included)
- A cover letter answering these 2 questions:
o Why are you drawn to work for a company focused on diabetes, obesity, digital health, and public health?
o What are your biggest strengths, and how might they be a fit for this position?
PDFs may be merged usinghttps://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf. Please email Maeve Serino at email@example.com if you have any problems with the application form.
- Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.5; occasional waivers granted depending on diabetes knowledge and interest)
- Strong quantitative skills
- Strong interest in science
- Strong attention to detail
- High energy and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
- Outstanding writing and editing skills
- Reliability; commitment to schedules and deadlines; ability to be flexible
Not required, but desirable:
- Data science skills
- Coding experience
- Experience with MS Excel
- Technical/IT experience
- Business background or experience with social media and online marketing
- Major passion for public health
- Knowledge and understanding of diabetes and/or obesity
For more information on Close Concerns, see www.closeconcerns.com.
Praise from Close Concerns alumni!
Associates at Close Concerns have more independence and responsibility than almost any other graduates fresh out of college. The job is exciting, fast-paced, and the best testing ground I could imagine for learning how to become successful in any field. I have drawn upon the skills I learned at Close Concerns to succeed in medical school and will undoubtedly continue to do so for the rest of my career, both as a clinician and as someone who plans to pursue clinical research. – Jenny Jin (Harvard College ’06, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine ’12, current resident at Harvard University, orthopedic surgery)
Close Concerns has given me both a deep and broad understanding of the numerous forces and players that shape health, from researchers to physicians, payors, and pharmacy benefit managers. At Close Concerns, I have had the chance to travel to diabetes conferences around the US and the world, speak with key diabetes thought leaders, pursue topics of personal interest related to diabetes, and even write a 160-page book about type 1 diabetes for patients and families. As an associate at Close Concerns you are given both significant responsibility and latitude, and as a result grow immensely, personally and professionally. It is a job that will engage and challenge you in ways that provide true, life-long rewards. – Lisa Rotenstein (Harvard College '11, Harvard Medical School ’16)
It is difficult to put into words how much I learned while working at Close Concerns. Beyond exposure to a side of healthcare, medicine, and business that few of my peers have experienced, I learned a great deal amount about myself. I found the work both invigorating and challenging and I gained confidence in myself and my abilities that I know is going to make me a better physician and a better human being. – Jessica Swienckowski (Vassar College '08, Dartmouth Medical School ’14 and Chair of the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives)
While I certainly value the skills I learned at Close Concerns, I am most appreciative of the perspective I gained. The work gave me an exhaustive understanding of the many forces driving medical care and health policy – where those forces succeed and where they fall short. My experiences at Close Concerns have fueled my own passion to be persistent, resourceful, and dedicated in my own career. – Eric Chang (Pomona College '09, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine ‘14)
The experience of working at Close Concerns ended up teaching me more than I could have imagined. In brief, my experience has framed my medical career and helped shape my life goals. Throughout medical school I have still drawn upon the skills and knowledge I learned, and I know that these skills and the relationships I made through Close Concerns will last a lifetime. – Mark Yarchoan (Amherst College ’07, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ’12, current resident at University of Pennsylvania, internal medicine)
While at Close Concerns, I mastered the art of finding creative solutions to tough problems. This confidence is a powerful asset to have when facing seemingly impossible challenges. – Kaku Armah (Amherst College ’07, PhD, Public Health, University of Pittsburgh ‘13)
My time at Close Concerns gave me a confidence, maturity, perspective, and capability uncommon in my peers at medical school. The small company has a unique structure that allows associates to learn directly from principals, who are inspiring, talented, and passionate people, and to feel comfortable contributing in creative and powerful ways. – Dan Belkin (Amherst College ’06, Weill Cornell Medical College ’12, current resident at University of Southern California, dermatology)
Simply put, I loved working at Close Concerns because I was able to work with incredibly bright, driven and fun people. Coming from finance, it was a breath of fresh air to be able to actually make something happen when I had a good idea—I really felt like I was making an actual impact with my work. – Jen Lesser(Amherst College ’07, Harvard Business School ’13, now in management at Onyx working on cancer)
Graduating from Amherst College, I had many opportunities to work in consulting with top firms. I chose Close Concerns because I saw tremendous opportunities in a growing organization with a meaningful social purpose and mentoring by principals I could learn from and respect. Every one of my hopes was surpassed. – Katelyn Gamson (Amherst College ’04, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine ’10, current resident at CPMC, internal medicine)
In the past two years I have learned – deeply and continuously – about how companies and clinicians are addressing the urgent worldwide epidemic of diabetes; how to build a successful small business; and how to think creatively and cooperatively in times of uncertainty. I consider myself supremely lucky for the skills I have honed and friendships I have formed at Close Concerns. – Joseph Shivers (Harvard College ’10, Sansum Diabetes Research Center Clinical Research Assistant, Columbia Medical School ‘17)
Praise from leaders in the worlds of diabetes and obesity!
"As a diabetes educator who’s lucky enough to get updates from Close Concerns, I stay ahead of the curve of what’s going on in the diabetes world." – Hope Warshaw, RD, CDE (Hope Warshaw Associates, Alexandria, VA)
"For providers, patients, industry, and investors, Close Concerns is the link for everyone in the field. You ‘connect the dots’ for all of us." – Irl Hirsch, MD (Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
"The information provided by Close Concerns is concise, up to date, accurate, on the cutting edge, and always well written. The dedication to the world of diabetes that Kelly has provided is unsurpassed." – Davida Kruger, BC-ADM (Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI)
"Close Concerns is far more than a business. It's about dedication and commitment to further our progress in preventing and treating diabetes. It's about a passion to wipe out diabetes; a passion to learn and tell others what's going on, and without that communication we lose efficiency and effectiveness." – Richard Kahn, PhD (Former Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association)