Life Science Consultant at Guidehouse
B.S.B.A. in Health Care Management
The number of internships/job roles Robert obtained as an undergraduate at Rider.
Although Robert was a business student, he had an interest in science, specifically organic chemistry. He was the organic chemistry student instructor, and one of the organic lab TAs in the Academic Success Center. Additionally, he worked in the organic chemistry lab as a research assistant for Dr. John Adamovics. In his time there, Robert became a secondary author on multiple papers and worked with Columbia University’s medical radiation department. He also worked as a tutor for business math and science classes.
Robert was one of 10 students to receive the four year full-tuition trustee scholarship, which is a four year full-tuition scholarship with a total value of approximately $140,000.
Why Robert Chose Rider
Robert’s first visits to Rider were always met with a warm welcome. “The smaller campus and class sizes demonstrated to me that I was more than just a number or a face in the crowd.” Robert enjoyed how people at Rider not only remembered his name, but their previous conversations as well. “This differed significantly from my visits to larger schools,” he said. At Rider, everything felt more personalized to Robert. Before he came to Rider, he applied for the first-year Trustee Scholarship. Participating in the interview process for the Trustee Scholarship provided Robert with the opportunity to meet many of the professors and leadership at Rider prior to his first day of classes. “It was clear then and remained clear during my time there that the faculty is there to help you succeed,” he said.
I think Rider is exactly what you make it. It has a small school feel with the same if not better opportunities as a larger school setting; all you have to do is put in the work. The school and the faculty is amazing and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to repay the great gift that Rider gave me.”
Rider’s Impact on Robert’s Success
Robert feels that Rider pushed him to learn beyond an academic setting. “Rider taught me the importance of application based knowledge. Even from semester one, I was always applying knowledge learned in the classroom,” he said. As a freshman, he participated in the Business in Action Program, a program where students are formed into teams within their Business Living Learning Community cohort, taught how to develop a business plan.
Robert also found the time to participate in Science for Business seminars, Medicaid data analysis, and epidemiology analysis for the Trenton Health Team.
Robert also acted as a mentor in the Business in Action Program and the Science for Business seminars. He also had the opportunity to speak about his Rider experience at multiple Open House events. “During my last year at Rider, I spent 8-12 hours on campus a day (including classes), and I loved it. Now not everyone has to do that or wants to, but my point is that Rider provided endless opportunities for me to be active on campus in a leadership style role.”
Robert obtained a summer internship with Navigant Consulting (now Guidehouse) which ultimately led him to a full-time offer after he finished his undergraduate studies.
The real world doesn't ask you to regurgitate information, they ask you to use your knowledge to deliver results; Rider knows this and that's why their education system is focused on taking your book learning beyond a purely academic setting.”
Robert now works as a full-time life science consultant with Guidehouse. “Rider is the reason I have a career. The flexible course schedule allowed me to follow my...passions.” Robert believes that Rider set him up perfectly for his career as a life science consultant. He also thanks Professor Kristin McCarthy who not only helped him to get the first phone interview at Guidehouse, but she taught him the skills and educational background to succeed. “Really, I can’t thank Rider and the faculty enough for what they have done for me.”
In Robert’s role at Guidehouse, he works with the pharmaceutical clients of his firm. His projects have been in the rare disease, cardiology, and hematology and can vary significantly.
I loved being able to help my fellow students along and give back to a University that gave so much to me.”