Health & Science Newsletter
September 21, 2022 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
I often get asked about recruiting timelines in the health and science industry. However, there is no simple answer as recruitment in these industries is not as structured as the consulting and finance industries. Here are a few aspects to keep in mind when it comes to timelines.
- First, it very much depends on the size of the organization. The larger the organization, the more robust their university recruiting strategies and the more likely they will start recruiting in fall. And while a few of these companies may start interviewing in the fall, many more will wait until January before interviewing candidates. The recruiting process may extend into mid to late Spring. Mid-size organizations are more likely to post positions in January and February, with small nonprofits and startups likely to start looking for candidates in March or April.
- Second, the variability of the health and science fields is wide, so it is difficult to capture the timeline for this industry. Yet, most application deadlines take place in the spring. For those of you interested in consulting and larger companies in biotech, pharmaceutical, and/or health insurance, your timeline is the fall. But for most of you, the recruiting process will take place in the spring. Most hospitals, clinics, government agencies, universities, and nonprofits will not start looking until the spring, not to mention smaller and mid-size companies in all industries. The deadline for those of you applying to fellowships and service opportunities is typically early spring. For example, most sites with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU) have deadlines January-March and NIH recommends that you apply 3-6 months prior to your preferred start date. But many many more internships and jobs are posted in mid to late Spring. Doctors without Borders (note: a large nonprofit) asks that you apply by May 1 for a summer internship; MercyCorps posts most internships in March and April.
Bottom line is there are internships and jobs available to apply between August-May. Timelines are not set to a specific time period; recruiting activity varies widely by the industry and company size, not to mention the role you are seeking. And remember: people leave organizations all the time for other jobs and those positions (some being entry-level) will need to be filled when this occurs. Start by saving an advanced search (or multiple) on Handshake in order to receive notifications via email for newly posted jobs or internships that fit your criteria. Also attend drop-ins and/or visit with an industry advisor to discuss job and internship strategies beyond Handshake.
All the best,
Jodi Schneiderman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology
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