Deadline Extended: Avalere Health-Associate Immersion Program Summer 2017

Associate Immersion ProgramGWork ID#: 856749

Avalere Health is a strategic advisory company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm delivers actionable insights, business intelligence tools, and custom analytics for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere’s experts span 230 staff drawn from Fortune 500 healthcare companies, the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO, and the Congress), top consultancies, and nonprofits.

The firm offers deep substance on the full range of healthcare business issues affecting the Fortune 500 healthcare companies. As an Inovalon company, Avalere’s focus on strategy is supported by outstanding data analytics that generate unique insights and meaningful business improvement. Through events, publications, and interactive programs, Avalere insights are accessible to a broad range of customers.

Position Description and Responsibilities

Avalere Health is seeking qualified, entry-level candidates to join their Associate Immersion Program in the summer of 2017.

Avalere’s Associate Immersion Program is a rigorous, highly selective, one-year program, in which participants will engage in project work that spans a variety of Avalere’s practice areas. During the year-long program, participants will gain a wealth of hands-on healthcare consulting experience while honing their research, writing, and project management skills. Associates will regularly participate in content and Avalere-specific trainings, while receiving personalized mentorship and career guidance. After successful completion of the Program, participants will have the opportunity to mutually select an internal practice area in which to specialize and grow.

Applicants at the Associate-level will have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health, public policy, public administration, business, statistics, economics, mathematics, or other related fields. Applicants with concentrations in other disciplines requiring strong quantitative and analytical skills, who have an interest in healthcare, public policy, and business, are also encouraged to apply.

This Associate position is specifically tailored toward recent graduates with limited to no work experience.

Associates will be expected to assume significant levels of responsibility handling client projects. Example responsibilities include:

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on a diverse array of healthcare issues (i.e. key informant interviews, white and grey literature searches, etc.).
  • Contribute to written summaries, white papers, and PowerPoint presentations to provide strategic recommendations to clients.
  • Begin to develop content expertise on a range of key healthcare issues.
  • Attend and draft summaries on government healthcare meetings.
  • Work in cross-functional teams to contribute to the development and delivery of projects.
  • Juggle project work with multiple managers, across various teams.
  • Provide basic project management support, including preparation of meeting materials and background information.
  • Participate in Avalere’s extensive training program throughout the duration of the Program.

 Skills, Experience, and Other Job Related Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to perform basic research in varied formats.
  • Basic presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Eagerness to learn complex issues related to the healthcare delivery system.
  • Previous experience working as a team member on multifaceted projects and meeting deadlines.
  • A positive, professional, and solution-oriented attitude.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • High level of initiative and commitment to excellence.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Basic understanding of the consulting environment.

Avalere prizes intellectual curiosity, creativity, and flexibility. Candidates who demonstrate a high degree of ownership of his or her work and possess excellent collaboration and communication skills are preferred.

This is a great opportunity for recent graduates who are beginning their careers in healthcare consulting. Associates will find a positive, supportive, dynamic work environment. Avalere provides continuous opportunities to grow one’s technical and content-specific skills.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted through the Careers section of Avalere’s website by February 16th. Please submit copies of the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • College Transcript (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable)
  • Avalere’s Associate Recruitment Case Study (found at the bottom of this PDF)

Recruiting Timeline

Avalere’s Talent Acquisition Team will begin reviewing applications and conducting phone interviews in December 2016. Second round, on-site interviews will take place in late-January and early-February 2017. Should you be selected for an initial interview, you will be contacted via email. Please send any questions you have regarding the Program to


In an effort to assess your writing skills and provide you with an opportunity to understand the type of work that our Associates perform on behalf of our clients, please read the Case Study below and answer the two prompt questions. Some points to consider:

  • Additional research may be required, and is encouraged.
  • Cite your sources as necessary.
  • Include your name and email address on your Case Study submission.
  • Once completed, please submit your answers with your full application via ourwebsite at As a reminder, a full application includes a cover letter, resume, college transcript(s), and answers to the two below-listed Case Study questions.

Case Study

At Avalere Health, we constantly monitor the healthcare policy environment and marketplace, and analyze new developments to identify the impacts to our clients. A shift toward private health insurance exchanges may lead to less generous benefit designs in employer sponsored insurance (ESI), potentially reducing access to care, and increase cost sharing for healthcare services, prescription medications, and medical technologies.

Case Study Questions

Prompt 1

Please quantify the size of the private exchange market today and use literature to show the expected growth of the market. Please limit your answer to 300 words.

Prompt 2

Using your answer to Prompt 1, please discuss the impact on one of the following stakeholder groups: a pharmaceutical company, a hospital, or a health plan. Please limit your answer to 250 words.

Meridian Institute Fellowship

Meridian Institute

Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups.

An announcement about the position and instructions for how to apply is attached and available here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 3, 2017.

Meridian Institute is a non-profit organization that helps people solve complex and controversial problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the economy, and the environment. Meridian’s approach combines our extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution.

Meridian selects new Fellows for the program on an annual basis and offers significant personal and professional development opportunities.  Fellows work providing research, writing, and administrative support to projects on a variety of substantive topic areas. Past Fellows have been involved in work with global and domestic agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean policy, forest and land use management, freshwater resources, and community and global resilience, among other topics.

Questions about the Fellowship or application process can be sent to For more information about the Meridian Institute, please visit

 Equal Opportunity Meridian recognizes that our work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse people around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, or ancestry.


HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy Fellowships

Dr. Richard J. Wolitski, Director Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy was a participant in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s World AIDS Day Panel and has shared a list of opportunities available:

HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy 2017 ORISE Fellowship Opportunities

Career Services Career Tip of the Week: References

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Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield: Associate, Graduate Development Program

Deadline to apply: Dec. 31st
CareFirst prides itself on being a premier health care leader.   We are the largest health-care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, employing over 5,000 associates, serving nearly 3.4 million members in the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia area. Our branding and accreditation set us apart from our competitors; we have received 11 consecutive national Brand Excellence awards, recognizing its customer service, financial strength, membership growth and promotion of the Blue brand name. We have distinguished honor of receiving the FEP Best of Blue Award for Service Excellence for 15 straight years!
The purpose of the CareFirst Graduate Development Program (CFGDP) is to develop a talented and diverse group of high potential candidates who will serve as a pipeline of future business leaders.  The GDP associates will have opportunities to learn about the complexities of the departments they are assigned to, spend time with key business members and senior level executives.  They will gain a broad exposure to CareFirst’s business operations as well as the internal workings of the healthcare industry.
The Graduate Development Program Associates (GDP’s) will be assigned to 3 – corporate areas during an 18 month rotation program. Rotations may include but are not limited to: The Office of the CEO, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Finance and Actuarial Services, Strategic Business Units (SBU’s), Technical and Operational Services (TOS), Medical Management, Public Policy & Community Affairs, Strategic Planning and Analysis, Medical Affairs and Mandates. The GDP associates will work on a variety of corporate initiatives and projects that will impact the business and assist with improving operational performance.  The GDP associates will gain exposure to multiple levels of management within the various areas. The GDP associates are expected to present intelligent, cohesive analyses to management and prove themselves on a daily basis.  As contributing members of CareFirst, the GDP associates will gain valuable work experience as they continue to develop and demonstrate their skills.  This experience will give the GDP associates an overview of how decisions are made at the top.  
GDP associates will be immersed into business areas and given ownership of key projects and initiatives
Under the supervision of division managers, the incumbent’s accountabilities/projects may include, but are not limited to, a combination of the following:
1. Assist with strategy and development of key initiatives that align with our corporate goals and vision
2. Conduct research and analysis to formulate key findings and make recommendations for improvement within business units
3. Work with cross-functional counterparts to assist with program and operational strategies ensuring business requirements are met
4. Responsible for ad hoc reporting and presentations.  Must be able to effectively communicate key findings to management both written and verbally
CareFirst has two programs (1.) CEO and (2.) CIO
• For the CEO program CareFirst is looking for MBA or MPH/MHA candidates with a concentration in Finance, General Management, Marketing, Mathematics/Analytics, and/or Public Health.
• For the CIO program CareFirst is looking for MBA/MIS candidates with a concentration in Information Systems, health care analytics, IT strategy, business, etc.
• CareFirst is looking for candidates from the graduating class of 2016 -2017, with 1-2 years of relevant work experience.  GPA 3.5 or above.  
Required Abilities/ Skills:  
• Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects concurrently
• Demonstrated ability to effectively analyze detailed, complex data (financial models, medical and/or health data, statistical data, etc.) 
• Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal)   
• Ability to effectively communicate key findings to all levels of management
• Exceptional presentation skills  
• Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills, the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
• Comfortable working in a challenging environment.  Must be able to effectively work in a fast paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines and workloads without compromising service excellence. 
• Proven ability to lead problem-solving discussions 
• Intermediate to advanced skills with Micro Soft Office, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point (with an emphasis on executive level presentations, dash boards, etc.) 
• Must have a strategic visionary outlook and an enthusiastic interest in the health care industry
• Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs. 
• To be considered for this position you must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.