Are You Interested In A Career In The Healthcare Supply Chain?

A career in the healthcare supply chain is both dynamic and rewarding. It plays a vital role in ensuring that facilities are well-stocked with medical supplies, which directly impacts patient care. Working in this field offers diverse opportunities, including roles in logistics, procurement, inventory management, and operations.

Professionals in the healthcare supply chain are essential in optimizing the flow of goods, reducing costs, and improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery. The industry is rapidly evolving with advancements in technology and increasing focus on sustainability, offering continuous learning and growth prospects.

+ Apply for HIDA’s Emerging Leaders Program

HIDA offers an Emerging Leaders scholarship for undergraduate students each year. The scholarship provides students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in informative general sessions, networking events, and breakout tracks during HIDA’s MedSupplyChain Conference. Students will learn about demand management, logistics, technology, and resilience and discuss how these areas impact healthcare distribution.

The Event

HIDA’s 2025 MedSupplyChain Conference takes place February 5–7 in Cape Coral, Florida. The conference brings healthcare industry leaders together to build supply chain visibility and enhance relationships among trading partners and the public and private sectors.

The Conference Scholarship

Emerging Leaders selected for this scholarship will receive complimentary conference registration, inclusion in all programming and networking opportunities, and reimbursement for travel and lodging costs. Students selected for the program will travel to the event on February 5, attend all conference functions, and travel back to their schools the afternoon or evening of February 7.


The Emerging Leaders scholarship is open to any undergraduate (sophomore or above) or graduate school student pursuing a degree in business, logistics, or supply chain management with an interest in working in the field of medical product distribution.

How To Apply

Potential candidates are encouraged to send a resume and a cover letter to Director of Education Stephanie S. Reed at HIDA encourages direct submissions from students as well as referrals from professors and HIDA member organizations. Applicants who pass an initial screening will be asked to submit a 300-word essay on a topic related to the medical supply chain. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 6, 2024.

+ Internships: Student Opportunities With Member Companies

Internships with healthcare distributors offer numerous benefits and play a critical role in the healthcare supply chain. These internships provide hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of the distribution sector, which is essential for maintaining the flow of medical supplies to healthcare providers. Interns gain insights into various aspects of supply chain management, including logistics, inventory control, and the coordination required to ensure timely delivery of medical products.

Healthcare distributor internships also expose students and recent graduates to the latest market trends and technologies. Interns work closely with industry professionals, learning best practices and innovative strategies to optimize distribution processes. This experience is invaluable, as it equips them with the skills needed to address real-world challenges in the healthcare industry, such as managing supply chain disruptions and ensuring the availability of critical medical supplies.

HIDA has compiled a list of internship opportunities with our member companies. Explore those below!

Please reach out to Wyeth Ruthven ( or Stephanie Reed ( if your company wishes to add an internship to this listing, or if you have connections with colleges or universities offering supply chain management programs.