Associate Immersion Program

Avalere Health, an Inovalon company, is seeking qualified, entry-level candidates to join our Associate Immersion Program in July 2022.

Avalere’s Associate Immersion Program is a challenging, highly selective program in which participants will engage in project work that spans a variety of Avalere’s practice areas. Our associate position is specifically tailored toward recent graduates or candidates with limited work experience.

During the 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 training, while receiving informal mentorship and career guidance. After successful completion of the program, participants will transition to an internal practice area in which to specialize and grow. Most new associates are placed in the Policy and Market Access practices.

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. Our associate position is specifically tailored toward recent graduates or candidates with limited work experience.

This is an onsite position in our Washington, DC, office.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on a diverse array of healthcare issues (e.g., key informant interviews, white and grey literature searches)
  • 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
  • Maintain compliance with Inovalon’s policies, procedures and mission statement
  • Adhere to all confidentiality and HIPAA requirements as outlined within Inovalon’s operating policies and procedures in all ways and at all times with respect to any aspect of the data handled or services rendered in the undertaking of the position
  • Fulfill those responsibilities and duties that may be reasonably provided by Inovalon for the purpose of achieving operational and financial success of the employer

Avalere prizes intellectual curiosity, creativity, and flexibility. Candidates who demonstrate a high degree of ownership of their 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.

Skills, Experience, and Other Job-Related Requirements

Education Requirements

  • 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.

Skill 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
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Basic understanding of the consulting environment

Highly Desired but not Required

  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Experience Requirements

  • Our associate position is specifically tailored toward recent graduates or candidates with limited work experience

How to Apply

Please submit copies of the following application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • College transcript (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable; unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  • Avalere’s Associate recruitment case study (see below)

Only complete applications by the deadline date will be considered. As a reminder, a full application includes a cover letter, résumé, college transcript(s), and answer one case study question listed below.

Recruiting Timeline

All applications should be submitted through the Careers section of our website by Monday, November 1, 2021.

Avalere’s Talent Acquisition Team will begin reviewing applications and conducting phone interviews on a rolling basis through the end of November 2021. Second-round interviews will take place in December 2021. Should you be selected for an initial interview, you will be contacted via email. Please send any questions you have regarding the program to teena.taylor@inovalon.com. Only complete applications by the deadline date will be considered.

Case Study

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 and select 1 of the case study prompts below.

Some points to consider:

  • Additional research may be required and is encouraged
  • Cite your sources as necessary
  • Include your name, email address, and prompt number on your case study submission
  • Responses should be written in a clear and concise manner

Case Study Prompt Options

Select only 1 prompt and limit response to 750 (excluding citations) words.

Prompt 1

Question 1: Please describe 2–3 major policy changes Congress and/or an administrative agency (e.g., the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration) has put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please limit your answer to 375 words.

Question 2: Using your answer to Question 1, choose 1 specific policy change (e.g., flexibilities to telehealth, therapeutic approval process, cost-sharing for vaccines) and describe the implications to a healthcare market sector (pharmaceutical companies, health plans, or hospitals and health systems). Please limit your answer to 375 words.

Prompt 2

Cell and gene therapies are a revolutionary advancement in medicine that have the potential to impact multiple therapeutic areas. Choose 2 of the 3 following stakeholder groups—pharmaceutical companies, health plans, and consumers—and describe the challenges and opportunities that these innovative therapies present to those stakeholders.

Prompt 3

The Food and Drug Administration regularly approves new drug therapies that change the competitive landscape with new market entrants. Please select a recently approved therapy and summarize the treatment’s key characteristics. Using peer-reviewed published literature and/or a repository of randomized trials, please provide a short summary of the approved indications, mechanism of action, and clinical efficacy.

Avalere is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Consistent with our safety protocols, the company will require a vaccination attestation for fully office-based and hybrid (office/remote) positions. Positions designated as fully remote are exempt from the attestation requirement unless and until such time as an in-office presence is required.