Close Concerns/dQ&A/diaTribe Foundation 2-Year Associate Program

Close Concerns, along with its sister organizations dQ&A and The diaTribe Foundation, 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, and it offers significant work experience and responsibility, client interactions, and built-in support for graduate school applications. 

• For candidates considering post-graduate studies, such as medical school, the program is a great way to enhance your skills and knowledge, to interact with healthcare leaders, and to improve your chances of gaining admission into a top graduate program. Our many talented alumni have had successful careers in medicine, public health, and business. 

• This is the fifteenth year of the program, and we hope to offer several 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: 

• Close Concerns, a healthcare information services provider; 

• dQ&A, a research company focused on understanding and amplifying the voice of people with diabetes; 

• diaTribe, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action. 

Associates work primarily for one organization, but you will most likely interact with all the Associates on a daily basis in a 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. 

The Close Concerns Associate Role 

Close Concerns, founded in 2002, is a healthcare information company focused on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity, dedicated to improving patient outcomes. 

Through our online publications, Close Concerns educates physicians, researchers, business leaders, policy makers, and manufacturers about the most important news and research in the field. With thousands of subscribers at academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, drug and medical device companies, and government bodies, Close Concerns is widely read and respected in the healthcare community. 

Close Concerns Associates research, write, edit, and publish our products, frequently by attending scientific conferences and interviewing experts, including business leaders and world-class endocrinologists. Associates broaden their minds, sharpen their communication skills, and quickly become experts in all aspects of diabetes – such as therapies, medical devices, digital health, clinical research, and regulatory and business issues. From time to time, Associates write and publish research papers; they have access to patients, thought leaders, researchers, and industry executives, and they are given significant responsibility overall. 

The role involves significant travel in the United States and internationally, which deepens the experience for Associates. They also collect a lot of airmiles! In 2019, we attended conferences in Aspen, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Busan, Chicago, Houston, Keystone, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Liverpool, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Paris, Pasadena, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sorrento, Washington D.C., Winnipeg, and more. Close Concerns Associates typically travel 30% - 40% of the time. Free days are usually arranged in these locations, and arriving early is encouraged. 

In parallel, Close Concerns provides ongoing support for graduate school admissions, through our extensive network of advisors and our access to Associate Program alums, with their detailed knowledge of schools and the application process. Close Concerns also provides references, free access to a graduate school admissions advisor, and time off and financial support for exams or exam prep (e.g., MCAT). The specific work at Close Concerns and the reputation of the Associate Program also help to create a stronger application. 

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, and 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. 

About You 

The Associate position at Close Concerns is ideal for someone with a science or pre-medical background with additional interest in business, public health, and/or health policy. Strong critical thinking and writing skills are a must. 

Requirements for successful candidates: 

• Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.6; waivers granted based on special circumstances and/or on diabetes knowledge and interest) 

• Deep scientific background; research and/or data science experience is encouraged 

• Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and synthesizing skills 

• Strong critical thinking and analytic skills 

• Ability to be adaptable and flexible 

• High energy and ability to keep multiple projects moving simultaneously 

• Ability to work independently and to collaborate frequently within small teams 

• Reliability; commitment to schedules and deadlines 

• 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, 2019. Please do not apply through your school’s career portal – we will not receive these applications. 

By applying to Close Concerns, you will be considered for all three organizations and will have an opportunity to learn more about dQ&A and diaTribe later in the process. Close Concerns 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 Abigail Dove at if you have any problems with the application form. 



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