Paying it > forward

internships are a great way to jump head first into complex projects

GAC sponsors one to two interns annually. We provide the opportunity to participate on client projects, help with testing new service offerings, conduct secondary research, and interface with our consulting team. We accept applications from candidates who are entering their junior, senior or graduate school who are pursuing bioscience, finance, or economics from an accredited institution.

Contact info@gilesaa.com for more information.

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Alex Monahov

Lake Forest College – Economics and International Relations

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

I loved my time at Giles & Associates because not only did I put what I was learning in college to practice, but I also had to step out of my comfort zone and learn new things. The best part of the experience was the close relationship and frequent contact with both Lisa and Susan, who were great mentors for everything I worked on. I had the perfect mix of guided assignments and independent work—I was able to work on topics I really cared about, but could also observe how the experts handled complex projects.

Where are you today?

Overall, interning at Giles & Associates set me up for a career in healthcare and a year later I landed a job at the global leader of Electronic Medical Records software—Epic Systems. Three years later I was accepted at University of Wisconsin Madison to pursue a full-time top-ranked MBA—having consulting experience was pivotal during the admission interviews. I am currently a Senior Consultant at BlueTree Network.

Kruti Vekaria

University of Southern California – Neuroscience and Economics

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

Working at GAC really taught me to be a critical thinker, especially in terms of data analysis. I learned to be a creative problem solver and honed my research skills. My favorite part of the job was being able to contribute knowledge to some of the high level projects that Lisa and Aimee and others in the office were working on, especially since they work with top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the field.

Where are you today?

Working at Giles & Associates definitely helped me land my first job after graduating from college as an Analyst at Mattersight Corporation, a behavioral analytics company in Chicago. After that I worked as a neuroscience researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Ben Jaehning

Lake Forest College – Economics and Psychology

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

I believe my experience with GAC provided an opportunity to learn how my researching skills learned in school can be applied to the real world.

Where are you today?

Currently I am a HR Business Partner – Labor Relations at Ford Motor Company in Chicago, IL.

Karen Cone

Lake Forest College

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

I learned a great deal from seeing the talented GAC team at work, especially how they would use the market analytics and data I helped to compile to produce strong strategic direction for their clients. The experience taught me how to apply the research and data analysis skills I acquired from college to the professional environment and was critical in preparing me for a career in the healthcare industry.

Where are you today?

I’m currently the Database Supervisor at NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation in Evanston, Illinois.

Michaela Lacek

Juniata College – Finance and Economics

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

All of the lessons and skills I learned while at Giles & Associates are invaluable. Being able to work with and assist such experienced consultants taught me how to think more critically and learn how to search through complex information to find solutions for clients. As a finance and economics major, I was always interested in the financial and solutions side of healthcare. I was able to conduct competitive analysis for both GAC and Optivara and later present my findings to executives. I believe presentation skills are some of the most crucial skills to have, and I was glad to sharpen these throughout my time at GAC!

Where are you today?

I believe my experience with GAC helped me land multiple offers after graduation and finally decide upon being a buyer at Clark Associates. In this position, I will be analyzing prices of multiple products, working with overseas factories to coordinate shipments, negotiate contracts, and forecast inventory levels.

Yontzu Chuang

Northwestern University – Biological Sciences, Economics

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

GAC provided me with the initial exposure and foundation to what consulting means and what a consulting group does. I came from a life sciences background, and had little knowledge of the business side. In my internship, I dived right into internal strategy work, helping GAC build a product roadmap and business plan. I learned about competitive analysis and completed hands-on market research with both primary and secondary sources to assess the market value for GAC's products. GAC's focus in healthcare is what drew me to the company initially; my internship experiences in market assessment, benchmarking, and product evaluation are what draw me back to them afterwards.

Where are you today?

I am now a Senior Consultant, Watson Health Sales & Transformation- Healthcare & Life Sciences at IBM. I support new sales initiatives for Watson life science solutions across payer, provider, pharma and patient groups. I collaborate with life sciences/pharma to develop transformative healthcare solutions using cognitive technology.

Sudin Kansakar

Lake Forest College – Mathematics and Economics

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

Working with GAC, I quickly learned to apply my analytical skills and communicate to a wider range of people, but most importantly I learned to actively think about adding value to clients.

Where are you today?

I am currently an Executive (Senior Consultant) - Valuation and Business Modelling at EY in London.

Amy Ottensmeyer

University of Pennsylvania – Biological Basis of Behavior

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

GAC was my first experience with the business of healthcare, which served me well when I went on after college to work for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), providing access to a network of experts in the healthcare field. In that role, I had to quickly and effectively be able to research a wide variety of topics in the healthcare field and determine which types of experts would be able to best address that topic. I recall first experimenting with those research techniques and organizing the findings while working at GAC.

Where are you today?

I have discovered that although the business of healthcare is interesting, I am better suited for the provision of health care and will be completing my residency in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University.

Kylie Carlson

Vanderbilt – Neuroscience

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

I think it was most helpful for me to understand different angles from which the future of medicine is analyzed and predicted. I particularly enjoyed working on a presentation for the company that makes my medication. It was neat to learn about how start up products make it to market as well.

Where are you today?

I'm currently studying neuroscience at Vanderbilt.

Daniel Kuperman

Miami University (OH) – Finance and Sustainability

What did you learn from your experience with GAC that has been most helpful?

I am very grateful for my internship at Giles & Associates both for the value it brought me in my professional development, as well as the personal connections I cultivated in the office. The experience I gained working in healthcare consulting has enabled me to hone my presentation, communication, and research skills through practical application. Reaching out to industry experts – including those working alongside me at the office – brought context in a very useful and relevant way to my work. The highlight of my internship experience was interfacing directly with senior members of our team as we discussed multifaceted opportunities the healthcare industry faces.

Where are you today?

Currently I am studying Finance within the Farmer School of Business, while pursuing a co-major in Sustainability.