The Matchstick Early Career Experience™ is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to learn the art and craft of medical devices.
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Why are we offering the Early Career Experience?
It’s pretty easy to teach you the basics of devices or clinical considerations through traditional learning methods. But once you know the vocabulary, the actual work is craft, and you can’t learn it from a book.
To really become a craftsman, you need hands-on experience working alongside experts who are willing to teach and coach.
You invest your time and energy. We invest our time and knowledge and teach you our craft. Working together, we develop you into the sort of individual we’d want to hire. At the end of your apprenticeship, we might just do that!
We encourage sophomores, juniors, and seniors undergrads (or grad students) to apply. We’re interested in a variety of backgrounds: engineering, graphic design, information design, pharmacy, nursing, and health policy.
How does it work?
We’re working with the world’s top medical and pharmaceutical firms. Surrounded by smart people with lots of experience, you’ll be pushed well outside your comfort zone.
This experience is time consuming, difficult, and highly personal. Time and energy are scarce resources, and the right person will pour them into this role.
Who can apply?
Apply in your sophomore or junior year of undergrad (or while you are a grad student). You work with us one or more summers; we decide to invite you back or not.
In your graduation year, we decide whether to accept you to the full time 12-month program. If you accepted, you commit to work for us for a year and focus your time and energy learning your craft.
Upcoming or recent graduates
You are welcome to apply for the apprenticeship. Since you haven’t worked for us during one or more summers, the bar is much higher, as we don’t have much data on your fit and capabilities, and you’ll have a lot more to learn.
What will I learn about?
We don’t expect you to come with knowledge of consulting, medical devices, or clinical topics. Structured onboarding helps you move up the curve quickly. Expect classroom time, case preparation, and presentations to our group…all with direct feedback. From Day 1, you’ll work side by side with our team on actual client and internal projects as you learn the basics. We promise a variety of very cool, interesting challenges. You won’t be bored, and you’ll learn something everyday.
Knowledge and Skills
No matter what your background, we cover the basics of consulting, how to frame and solve problems, clinical considerations around medication delivery and and drug delivery devices. If you don’t have a clinical background, we also cover diseases, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Business writing (slides and written documents)
- Usability testing and human factors for medical devices
- Creative thinking, brainstorming, ideation techniques
- Presenting to persuade and communicate
- Information design (presenting data visually)
- Meeting facilitation skills
- Project leadership
- Basic financial management (profit and loss, costing)
As your apprenticeship progresses, expect more focus on leadership behaviors. These soft skills make or break your career over the long term. Various assessments drive your coaching and development plans and are the basis for your feedback on a routine basis. Individual reflection is a key part of that; everyone in the program keeps a learning journal.
- Collaborating as a high-performing team
- Managing energy and stress
- Flexing for interpersonal styles and approaches
- Dealing with ambiguity
- Navigating organizational politics
- Developing executive presence
What’s it like to be at one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work in NJ?
There is no typical day here. That’s what makes it exciting. It’s a crazy mix of fun, individual work, team events, group meetings, and learning. To get the most out of it, throw yourself into it and be a part of building something amazing. It will be the fastest and most exhilarating 12 months of your life!
It’s natural to have questions. Here’s the most common ones we get.
Think you might be a good match?
Great. Let’s talk.
Expect a competitive process – several hundred applications for a handful of spots. Prepare your application thoughtfully and pay close attention to details – they are make-or-break. Here’s an overview of how our process works.
Check out the application on Workable
We’ve asked you to provide answers to several questions as part of your application. They aren’t optional – a quick resume upload won’t get you this. Your application is asking us to invest time and energy in you. Help us understand your potential (why our investment is worth it), and help us see how you’d be a fit with the team (what you’d give in return).
Submit your application through Workable
Most people spend several hours on their responses and collecting links to prior work. Once everything’s ready, upload your application into Workable. Yes, Workable is the only way we will take submissions.
We'll review your application.
While we collect ECE applications online, real humans read every application. No keyword searches and digital black holes. If we have any questions, we’ll let you know. And we’ll let you know if you are selected or if we’re taking a pass.
If your application is selected, expect a brief screening interview (15-20 minutes) by video with some of our team. If you move forward, expect several rounds of different assessments and progressively longer in-person and video interviews. You may also have to prepare a case study or give a presentation. Candidates often complete 3-5 interviews.
Candidates often tell us their resumes don’t tell the whole story – this is your chance. We expect most applicants will have similar core classes in a given major. Don’t waste time and space with long course lists, as it doesn’t really set you apart.
We’ve given you the freedom to use your application to:
- Differentiate yourself from other candidates
- Demonstrate you have superior interest, curiosity, motivation, and commitment
- Share prior work (portfolios, projects, reports, links, are all great)
- Highlight what you’ll bring to the table
- Help us to get to know you as a human being