Our current HFA fellows are on Winter Break for the second week, recharging to formally resume the Ideation Phase when they return. So the time feels right for a post about another exciting aspect of our program that officially launches soon—recruitment for our next class of HFA fellows.
As reported in our latest HFA Quarterly E-News released this month, the application link for the 2017-18 HFA fellowship can be accessed via our website from Jan. 16, 2017 until Feb. 24, 2017 at Noon Eastern Time. To qualify, candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree between January 2014 and July 2017. As with past years, we’ll recruit an interdisciplinary team of four young leaders to tackle an assigned health challenge. The 2017-18 HFA fellows will work from September 2017 through July 2018.
How can candidates start preparing today for the HFA application period? Here’s a quick list of ideas for you and/or those in your network who may be a fit:
Follow our latest recruiting updates via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: We’ll also share new content about the experiences of our fellows and alums as it becomes available.
Read the job description: It provides more detail about our program, the role, key responsibilities, and key qualifications.
Review our frequently asked questions: This page is continually updated as we receive new questions so those interested can remain informed.
Subscribe to our free HFA Application E-mail Listto receive important recruiting updates: We’ll send messages when you can access the application link and sign up for our informational webinar, as well as key reminders about the application deadline.
Watch our old informational webinar until the new webinar takes place in February 2017 for our 2017-18 program: You’ll hear from a MedStar leader and HFA alums about what makes HFA a career-launching opportunity, what to expect day to day, etc. As mentioned earlier, we’ll announce the date, time, and registration process for our upcoming webinar via our HFA Application E-mail List.
Read our blog posts: You’ll better understand what it’s like to be a fellow and where alums have taken their careers.
Consider how you’ll respond to our application essay topics: In essays of 500 characters or less, we’ll ask applicants to address the following topics (separately): your greatest accomplishment; an innovation that inspires you and why; a failure and what you learned; your approach to teamwork and an example of a related success; and what makes you a leader and why. In an essay of 1,000 characters or less, we’ll ask why you should be awarded a fellowship and how it fits with your career goals and ambitions. And last but not least, we’ll ask you to represent your career passion/goals within 140 characters (length of a tweet).
Prepare other application materials: These will include a resume, transcript (unofficial or official), and three professional references.
Learn how developing and/or honing your skills in human-centered design and lean startup methodology can benefit your career: Perhaps you’ve already experienced the value through a student organization such as Design for America, or you’ve familiarized yourself with these mindsets and are excited to experience more.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a specific question that isn’t answered via the aforementioned resources: Please note we do not schedule individual informational calls since we offer a group informational webinar, and we do not accept application materials emailed to this address (we will provide an online form and document submission tool).
We appreciate your interest and look forward to officially launching our recruiting activities in 2017!
Mandy Dorn is the Director of Health for America (HFA) at MedStar Health. The last week of December always sends her into planning mode, so she wanted to spread that spirit to benefit the next class of HFA fellows.