Summer Associate Position at Close Concerns, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

Application deadline: February 1

Close Concerns seeks candidates for its 2019 Summer Associate position, based in San Francisco. Summer Associates spend 10-12 weeks helping the company develop its core competencies and the role provides an enriching opportunity for motivated individuals. At Close Concerns, you will learn about the science and business of diabetes and healthcare, attend scientific conferences, contribute to a dynamic small business, improve your communication skills and work alongside a smart and dedicated team of mission-driven individuals.

Close Concerns is a healthcare information firm focused on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity, dedicated to improving patient outcomes by educating physicians, scientists, researchers, business leaders, educators, manufacturers, policymakers, and patients about the most important news and research in the field. With subscribers at leading academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, drug and medical device companies, and government bodies, Close Concerns and our publication Closer Look are 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 organization is 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 background as well as a strong interest in public health, business, and/or health policy.

Summer Associates assume significant responsibility while at Close Concerns, working closely with one or two people from the company. They may also assume responsibility at our sister non-profit organization, The diaTribe Foundation. Summer Associates take on and complete independent projects 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 Closer Look
• Attending and reporting on major research meetings, such as the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Francisco in June 2019
• Significant opportunities to learn the latest in the medical science of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity.
• 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 that can be found at
• Opportunities to meet with international leaders in diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, digital health, and public health.
• 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

• Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.5; occasional waivers granted depending special circumstances and/or on diabetes knowledge and interest)
• Strong quantitative skills
• Strong interest in science
• Good attention to detail
• High energy and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously
• Strong 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

TO APPLY: Please apply for the Close Concerns Associate position by February 1, 2019, by visiting 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 the 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 using Please email Martin Kurian at if you have any problems with the application form.

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. – Jenny Jin (Harvard College ’06, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine ’12, Resident, Orthopedic Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, General Orthopedic Surgeon, Saint Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho)

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, Advisor, FLX Bio, Inc)

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. 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, Harvard Business School ‘16, Resident Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Co-Founder, CareZooming, Boston)

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. – Jessica Fried (Vassar College '08, Dartmouth Medical School ’14 and former Chair of the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives, Resident Physician at Penn Medicine in Diagnostic Radiology, Philadelphia)

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, Radiation Oncologist, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles)

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, Internal Medicine Physician, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco)

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 Institute Clinical Research Assistant ‘13, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons ’17, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Internal Medicine Intern ‘18, University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident ‘21)