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Career Management

Since its founding in 1955, the Sloan Program has prepared students for leadership positions in health care. Supportive alumni, the strong Cornell brand, practical learning, and rigorous academics have played key roles in Sloan’s enviable and consistent placement rates.

Sloan’s consistent year-to-year placement rate, even during rapid changes in the health care industry, has given the program a competitive advantage. For the past 5 years, over 92% of Sloan students had full-time employment one month after graduation.

Sloan Graduation Rates
Graduation Year Graduation Rates Percentage of students who obtained a health care job within 90 days of graduation
2019 97% 90%
2018 100% 94%
2017 96% 100%
2016 100% 100%
2015 100% 100%

Each year I screen more than 120 applications for the Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship program in an attempt to narrow it down to 8 candidates for an in person interview. Students from the Sloan Program consistently stand out on three dimensions. Academically…as Sloan students often come from highly competitive undergraduate schools before being immersed into a broad set of health care focused management courses. Conceptual learning… the required summer internship program provides assurance that prospective candidates have had experience applying concepts from the classroom in practice and that they’ve tested their commitment to this career track. And finally…well drafted personal statements indicate that Sloan program students have been taught to synthesize and reflect on the impact they would like to make in the field of health administration.

-Sally Mason Boemer
Senior VP, Finance, Massachusetts General Hospital

Internships prepare you for a career in healthcare management.

Students undertake a 10-week internship in the summer between the first and second year of the Program. Internships allow students to apply classroom learning to real projects at a health care organization.

Some students return to campus in the fall with a full-time offer from their internship organization. All students gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges and opportunities in the health care industry and arrive with a renewed motivation and focus for the second year.

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The interdisciplinary nature of the Sloan program and wide network of close-knit alumni has allowed me to sort through a vast number of career paths and identify the one that is best suited for me. Working as a Summer Associate at Deloitte, traveling to clients across the country, and contributing to a consulting team with a common goal solidified my decision to begin my career with Deloitte. One of our Sloan Executives-in-Residence told me that I’m the type of person who runs towards the fire, and that is certainly true. As our health care system faces major challenges, I want to be at the forefront of the health care revolution. My experience at Sloan has given me the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to do just that.

-Elise Pennington, Sloan ’16

Colloquium and Professional Development

Each semester, practicing healthcare executives visit campus and give lectures, workshops and seminars as part of the Sloan Colloquium Series.

Each fall, first year students are required to attend a number of career and professional development workshops designed to hone their professional communication, networking, interviewing, negotiating, etiquette, and healthcare research skills.

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