The diaTribe Foundation Associate Program
The diaTribe Foundation, along with its sister organizations Close Concerns and dQ&A, seeks undergraduate applicants for its two-year Associate Program, based in San Francisco.
· The Associate Program gives new college graduates unparalleled exposure to the ‘real world’ of healthcare and business, significant work experience and responsibility, international travel, and built-in support for graduate school applications.
· For candidates considering post-graduate studies, such as medical school, it is the best way to enhance your skills and knowledge, interact with healthcare leaders, and use a different part of your brain, all while improving your chances of getting into a top graduate program. Our many talented alums have gone on to stellar careers in medicine, public health and business.
· This is the sixteenth year of the Associate Program, and we hope to offer eight places to successful candidates.
Our family of organizations shares a meaningful social purpose: improving life for people with diabetes, one of the biggest public health problems of our time. The program runs across the three sister organizations:
· diaTribe, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action;
· Close Concerns, a healthcare information services provider;
· dQ&A, a research company focused on understanding and amplifying the voice of people with diabetes.
Associates work primarily for one organization, but you will most likely interact with people from all three organizations on a daily basis in our young, dynamic, and social workplace.
Please apply for the program by clicking this link, which is also repeated below. We will automatically consider you for all three organizations, so you only need to apply once. We will answer all your questions during the selection process, and you will have the opportunity to express any preferences regarding the three organizations.
The diaTribe Associate Role
The diaTribe Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action. The diaTribe Foundation is committed to helping people with diabetes live happier, healthier, and more hopeful lives. By providing free online information to people around the world who are affected by diabetes and prediabetes, The diaTribe Foundation empowers through education. diaTribe Learn, which provides insights and actionable tips, reaches nearly two million people annually. The diaTribe Foundation is also dedicated to amplifying the voices of people with diabetes, raising awareness, and advocating for change. This involves working with scientific and diabetes communities to reach out to policymakers, regulators, and the public at large. The diaTribe Foundation also regularly brings together diverse audiences of experts, health care leaders, and policymakers to develop innovative solutions – notably, the dSeries: Executive Innovation Lab on Diabetes and Prediabetes.
At diaTribe, Associates assume significant responsibility in our established and emerging education, advocacy, and convening programs.
The Associate position entails a wide range of responsibilities and opportunities:
- Researching, writing, and editing content for our free online resource (diaTribe Learn), external publications, grant applications, and other program materials/projects;
- Advocating for people with diabetes and prediabetes through meetings with experts in the field, the FDA, governmental and professional organizations, and other non-profit organizations;
- Managing a variety of day-to-day organizational operations; potential responsibilities include editorial, marketing, social media, IT management, fundraising, hiring and managing interns/associates. (assignments tailored to interest/experience where possible);
- Overseeing program and logistical coordination for fundraising and convening events;
- Some domestic and international travel may be required to attend major research meetings (including the American Diabetes Associations Scientific Sessions in San Francisco in June 2019), advisory and regulatory meetings (often in Washington, DC), and other advocacy/outreach events;
- Broad and deep exposure – with significant learning opportunities – to multiple facets of the healthcare industry, including clinical care, public health, nonprofits and other patient groups, drug development, regulatory pathways, medical technologies, and mobile health;
- Opportunities to meet with international medical leaders and top business leaders in diabetes and prediabetes;
- 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.
In light of the pandemic, our operations have temporarily transitioned to a remote working model, providing flexibility over where Associates choose to live. It is our goal to transition back to our San Francisco office as soon as possible, in accordance with Department of Health mandates and the wishes of our Associates. We are hoping to resume in mid-2021, but the situation is constantly evolving.
On leaving the organization, alumni often pursue medical, public health, or business graduate degrees; others follow careers in industry. Since the program began in 2013, virtually all of our former Associates now have graduate degrees, are immersed in graduate school programs, or work at top institutions. Other Associates choose to stay at The diaTribe Foundation, assuming more senior roles. For example, Associates have gone on to lead advocacy and policy as well as various content leadership roles.
Our organization is located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco – an exciting and beautiful city. Our compensation package is appropriate for living in San Francisco. We provide support in finding nearby accommodations and offer excellent work benefits (including healthcare, 401(k), public transport, gym/yoga membership), a kitchen stocked with healthy foods, and a great team atmosphere.
The Associate position at diaTribe is ideal for someone with significant writing experience and with a demonstrated interest in health policy, the nonprofit sector, and/or diabetes. Strong writing and communication skills are essential.
Requirements for successful candidates:
- Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.6; occasional waivers granted depending on special circumstances and/or on diabetes knowledge and interest)
- Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and communication skills
- Deep scientific background; research experience preferred
- High energy and the ability to keep multiple projects moving simultaneously
- Highly flexible and adaptable
- Ability to work independently and within small teams, both as a program leader and alongside one
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Strong critical thinking and analytic skills
- Reliable and eager to take ownership of projects
- Ability to think outside of the box
- Acute attention to detail
- Experience with social media and online marketing (not required, but highly desirable)
- Two-year commitment to the position
How to Apply
This is a highly sought-after position – if you are interested, please apply now at this link. The deadline is December 1, 2020. Please do not apply through your school’s career portal – we will not receive these applications.
By applying to diaTribe, you will be considered for all three organizations and will have an opportunity to learn more about dQ&A and Close Concerns later in the process. The diaTribe Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
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)
PDFs may be merged using this website. Please email Rebecca McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems with the application form.
We are really proud of helping alumni of The diaTribe Foundation, Close Concerns, and dQ&A take another important step in their journey. Our alumni have attended graduate or medical school at UCSF, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Dartmouth, and other outstanding institutions.
Here are some reflections about the role from previous Associates:
“diaTribe has provided me with an incredible community of like-minded peers who want to impact the public health field. As a part of a small team, I was given a huge amount of responsibility coming out of college. Beyond immersing myself in diabetes, this job taught me how to think on my feet, be an effective communicator and leader, and fail fast on the way to success.”
– Divya Gopisetty (Stanford University ’18, Stanford University School of Medicine ‘24)
“One of the best parts about working at dQ&A is the team – you get to work with an incredibly bright, kind, hardworking, and motivated group of people. As an Associate, I loved having the chance to learn about the health care system through the eyes of patients, healthcare providers, and the industry, and to develop skills in data analysis, project management, and consumer insights, just to name a few. Associates are quickly given a lot of responsibility, which makes the role challenging and fulfilling. The impact you’re able to have on dQ&A, dQ&A’s client companies, and ultimately the lives of people with diabetes, is remarkable for an entry-level position. It also opened the door to the amazing opportunity I’ve had to stay at dQ&A and lead operations for the company.”
–Sophie Koontz (Stanford University ’15, COO, dQ&A)
“At dQ&A, I learned so much about the power of business and insightful research to transform diabetes care and management. One of the best parts about working at dQ&A is getting to be a part of a small yet powerful team. dQ&A’s size ensures you get to have a major impact in your position from the get-go. Plus, it’s amazing to be a part of a team that is all so dedicated to the mission of improving the lives of people with diabetes. As a person with diabetes, it was great for me to conduct research about life and experiences with diabetes around the world. Through the data analysis aspect of my work, I not only gained ‘hard’ research skills but was exposed to a variety of experiences and stories that opened my eyes to how this disease impacts people globally. I’m so thankful for my experience at dQ&A and would encourage anyone interested in impactful research to join the team!”
– Isabel Chin (Brown University ’17, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University ’23)
“dQ&A has provided me with a unique opportunity to advocate for people with chronic illness, gain practical business acumen, sharpen my analytical and management skills, and address a public health crisis. The multifaceted nature of the role helped me to develop a well-rounded skillset and perspective on healthcare that will be invaluable in my future in medicine. With the intimate, dynamic work culture of a startup, but with far-reaching impact and influence in the diabetes sphere, dQ&A is a phenomenal launching pad for anyone pursuing a career in healthcare or business.”
– Keaton Stoner (Duke University ’17, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons ‘24)
“At dQ&A, I’ve enjoyed working with a small team that has encouraged me to grow both personally and professionally. Over the last year, I’ve learned to lead an international patient research service that covers 8 countries and counting. I have also been able to develop a well-rounded perspective of the diabetes landscape. Notably, my work has led me to interact with stakeholders from every corner of the healthcare industry. I’ve asked people with diabetes about the challenges they face, I’ve shared this data with manufacturers designing new technologies, and I’ve gotten an inside look at how agencies decide which therapies to approve and reimburse. As I pursue a career in medicine, I am excited to build upon the skills and perspectives that dQ&A has given me.”
– Caterina Florissi (Dartmouth College ’18, Senior Associate, dQ&A)
“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, MA, 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 in 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)