Summer Intern

Each summer, Putnam hires rising seniors from top universities to spend 10 weeks assisting with casework while being exposed to a genuine consulting experience.

Putnam as a Summer Associate Consultant is an excellent opportunity to gain insight on the strategic issues that face today’s pharmaceutical companies, as well as specific changes affecting the healthcare marketplace. Summer Associates work in project teams of 4-7 individuals led by a Manager or Partner. Duties include:

  • Prepare and conduct primary research with physicians, patients, managed care
  • Gather secondary research from healthcare literature and internal sources
  • Analyze client and market data
  • Work with project team to develop client presentations
  • Summer Associates are also given the opportunity to design their own research projects and present the findings to the entire firm at the end of the summer.

At Putnam, we pride ourselves on a team-based approach that is client focused and impact oriented. We serve many of the industry leaders, including all of the top 10 global biopharmaceutical companies. Almost all of our studies combine sophisticated quantitative analytics with significant qualitative fact-finding and synthesis to inform strategic decision-making. Our diverse casework spans portfolio prioritization, development pathway and resource optimization, market assessment, product pricing and launch strategies, market segment growth strategies, sales and marketing strategies, franchise development and patent expiration strategies. While the client-service core of our work can be demanding, we pride ourselves on the collegial, friendly and balanced environment at Putnam where consulting can be a long-term career option.

The Summer Internship Program takes place in our Boston office. Additional offices are located in the vibrant cities of San Francisco, New York City, and London.

Desired Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for the Summer Associate position will be a rising senior whose educational background demonstrates success in quantitative and qualitative analysis and who is strongly considering consulting as a future career option. An interest in healthcare and pharmaceuticals is advantageous, as are previous scholastic, extra-curricular and internship-related experience that demonstrates analytical rigor and leadership capabilities.

Please note that applications from graduate students, MBA students, current seniors or students who have already graduated will not be considered for this position.

 

Life as a Putnam Intern

Explore stories of Putnamites to get a sense of what it is really like to work here.

Madiha headshot

Over the course of my summer internship, I learned a great deal about the intricacies of the healthcare industry and the various ways in which Putnam’s work fits into that. However, what ultimately made me decide to come back as a full-time associate was the opportunity to work with incredibly bright and talented colleagues on teams that produce excellent work for our clients.

Madiha Shafquat

Associate Consultant, Boston
Former Intern
MIT – Biological Engineering

Liz DiCesare, Consultant - Boston

At Putnam, I’ve enjoyed working on a variety of global projects across multiple therapeutic areas within the life science industry. Small teams and mentors create a great culture with numerous opportunities to contribute, learn, and take on more responsibility.

Liz DiCesare

Consultant - Boston
Former Associate Consultant - Mount Holyoke College, Economics

Working at Putnam

22 languages

collectively spoken by putnamites

56% of Putnamites

volunteer at charitable organizations

Half of our Partners and Principals

joined Putnam as Associates

Every day at Putnam we immerse ourselves within the healthcare and business worlds in order to help tackle the challenges our clients are facing, providing unparalleled opportunities for professional growth. To be able to work with such motivated and intelligent colleagues makes engaging work even more rewarding.

Erin Mullins

Consultant - Boston
Former Associate Consultant
Bowdoin College - Biochemistry & Spanish

Professional Development and Employee Investment

See some of our highlights to learn more about what it's like to be a part of our team

A consulting gig without the endless travel? Indeed

  • Case teams typically consist of 2-6 team members across all levels including Partner
  • Teams can be comprised of staff from any of our offices, with client geography and time zones as a consideration along with experience and skill development for our team members.
  • Most team members are double-staffed on simultaneous projects
  • Typically only senior level case team members travel onsite for client engagements although there are many avenues for all team members to interact directly with the client on an ongoing basis.
  • Teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with End of Case Team Building Events

Continuous and Thoughtful Training Programs

For new hires, the firm provides basic consulting and industry overview training in the first 3 months of employment aimed at providing new Associates a solid foundation to hit the ground running on case work.

For employees with 2-4 years of tenure who are progressing toward the Consultant role, the firm provides Advanced Consulting Skills Training focused on developing the skills and tools to facilitate the transition to managing greater levels of responsibility in problem solving, case management, staff development, and firm development offsite in Portsmouth, NH.

For more experienced employees those promoted to, or hired into, the Consultant role the firm has developed a Case Leadership Training Offsite, held annually at revolving retreat sites. The objective for this training is to provide practical insights and tools for case team leaders in a structured, highly interactive way.

Individual case teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with an End of Case Event. In addition we also have a selection of firm-wide & local office events:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Dinners
  • Sporting Events
  • Team Building Events

We have a robust mentor program to help foster development case to case. From day 1 you are paired with an experienced Putnamite to help guide you and welcome you to the firm.

We are actively involved in our community as a collective firm through engagements like Summer Days of Service and our Holiday Gift Drive. We actively encourage our employees to take on their own initiatives and promote within the firm as well. We are proud to support a small Putnam team who has been leading efforts to help build a primary school in Malawi in partnership with BuildOn. We are also proud to stand in support of amazing local and national charities such as:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Minds Matter Boston
  • National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association

We also actively support the MIT SOLVE Network which aims to solve world challenges through social impact innovation, and Out 4 Undergrad (O4U) conference which aims to showcase career opportunities in business for ambitious LGBTQ+ students.

Home Staffing Model

A consulting gig without the endless travel? Indeed

  • Case teams typically consist of 2-6 team members across all levels including Partner
  • Teams can be comprised of staff from any of our offices, with client geography and time zones as a consideration along with experience and skill development for our team members.
  • Most team members are double-staffed on simultaneous projects
  • Typically only senior level case team members travel onsite for client engagements although there are many avenues for all team members to interact directly with the client on an ongoing basis.
  • Teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with End of Case Team Building Events
Professional Development

Continuous and Thoughtful Training Programs

For new hires, the firm provides basic consulting and industry overview training in the first 3 months of employment aimed at providing new Associates a solid foundation to hit the ground running on case work.

For employees with 2-4 years of tenure who are progressing toward the Consultant role, the firm provides Advanced Consulting Skills Training focused on developing the skills and tools to facilitate the transition to managing greater levels of responsibility in problem solving, case management, staff development, and firm development offsite in Portsmouth, NH.

For more experienced employees those promoted to, or hired into, the Consultant role the firm has developed a Case Leadership Training Offsite, held annually at revolving retreat sites. The objective for this training is to provide practical insights and tools for case team leaders in a structured, highly interactive way.

Company Outings

Individual case teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with an End of Case Event. In addition we also have a selection of firm-wide & local office events:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Dinners
  • Sporting Events
  • Team Building Events
Mentorship Program

We have a robust mentor program to help foster development case to case. From day 1 you are paired with an experienced Putnamite to help guide you and welcome you to the firm.

Philanthropy

We are actively involved in our community as a collective firm through engagements like Summer Days of Service and our Holiday Gift Drive. We actively encourage our employees to take on their own initiatives and promote within the firm as well. We are proud to support a small Putnam team who has been leading efforts to help build a primary school in Malawi in partnership with BuildOn. We are also proud to stand in support of amazing local and national charities such as:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Minds Matter Boston
  • National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association

We also actively support the MIT SOLVE Network which aims to solve world challenges through social impact innovation, and Out 4 Undergrad (O4U) conference which aims to showcase career opportunities in business for ambitious LGBTQ+ students.

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