Columbia Business School’s Healthcare Industry Association is a student organization that prepares its 120 members to enter a business world that is dramatically impacted by the complex and evolving global healthcare industry. Many of our members are exploring career opportunities directly in healthcare firms, such as pharmaceutical or medical device companies, providers of health-care services, or entrepreneurial ventures. Many also hope to work in fields that engage regularly with healthcare issues, such as consulting or investment banking. Others simply want to learn how the healthcare system works, since just about every type of business is affected by healthcare costs and employee benefits issues.
As the student-led group focused on healthcare, we supplement Columbia Business School’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program by bringing in outside speakers that serve to educate students on a range of healthcare issues while also exposing them to executives at firms where they may want to recruit. We also provide opportunities for students to network with each other, with alumni in healthcare, and with other high-level executives in the field. We help students with the recruiting process, educating them on the companies that recruit at Columbia, providing 2nd-year students to advise 1st-year students, and creating an HCIA resume book that is given to recruiters. After students graduate, they become part of the larger HCIA network, keeping close and lasting ties to the school community.