What is it like to be in Phoenix?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why healthcare?
Healthcare is, simply put, one of the most impactful domains around. Improvements save lives. Screw-ups lead to bad pandemics. It's also big. Domestically, we're talking about a $2.6 trillion dollar industry that just keeps on growing. Finally, it's full of problems that are about to be solved. To quote Andressen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm: "Very rarely—perhaps even just once a generation—an extraordinary event or force comes along that completely transforms a stagnant industry. We are experiencing that moment right now in healthcare."
What exactly can I expect from a Phoenix project?
Phoenix projects are semester-long consulting engagements with real-world clients. Your team will have 4-6 analysts, a principal, and a project manager. Over the semester, you’ll solve a business problem for your client by developing a set of actionable recommendations. Past deliverables have included go-to-market plans, financial analysis, product designs, and regulatory guides. Each project will give you industry-agnostic skills, deep domain knowledge, and build pieces of a powerful network.
Wait, but I don’t really want to go into consulting. Is Phoenix still a good fit for me?
While we have incredible pipelines into top consulting firms if you change your mind, 80% of Phoenix is just like you. We’re aspiring CEOs, engineers, scientists, doctors, policy makers, and more. We’re not really interested in consulting as a career. Most of us, however, are interested in two other things: finding the success we want and making an impact.
For the first, Phoenix provides industry-agnostic practice at communication, picking things up fast, and seeing the big picture. Our alumni everywhere from Stanford Med to Neuralink have noted these are common behaviors for success, especially in deeply technical fields. For the second, making an impact takes lots of practice. We believe the best way to practice is to solve healthcare problems where we stand. Since we’re students, solving those problems just happens to be called consulting :)
So what does Phoenix look for in candidates?
While we appreciate a basic interest in healthcare, we don’t look for specific skill sets or experiences. Instead, our recruitment process gives applicants room to showcase their creativity, analytical thinking, tenacity, and collaboration skills. We’re also a community at heart, so we look for candidates who can be passionate about our mission, contribute socially, and bring diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
What’s the time commitment for analysts?
Time commitments vary based on the analyst, but average 10 hours per week for new analysts. For most Phoenix members, Phoenix is one of their largest—if not largest—extracurricular commitments.
What’s the new analyst experience like?
We’re deeply committed to helping new analysts succeed. We assign new members a buddy as soon as they join and a big later in their first semester. In addition to their first project, most new analysts also participate in our New Member Education Program (NMEP), designed to develop members who can identify and solve healthcare problems. And of course, everyone in Phoenix is out to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
How can I take my best shot at applying?
The best way is to attend one of our info sessions and our case workshop. They’ll give you deep insight into what we’re looking for, room to ask lots of questions, and practice with last semester’s interviews. You’ll also get to meet us—and we’re very excited to meet you! Beyond that, you can reach out for a more in-depth chat with a member by filling out our interest form. Finally, check out our recruitment guide on application and case interviews.