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Administrative Graduate Internship

Administrative Graduate Internship

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The Administrative Graduate Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 10-week non-clinical program that admits one to two Penn State University MHA students per summer.

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Program Details

The Administrative Graduate Internship offers one to two students each summer enrolled in Penn State’s Master of Health Administration program the opportunity to gain experience in the operations of a large, academic medical center. The graduate interns will participate in senior management level meetings, one-on-one opportunities with key stakeholders, and complete comprehensive project work throughout Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Potential projects include but are not limited to the following areas: hospital and practice management, budgeting, strategic planning, new health care ventures, patient-flow studies and efficiency analyses.

The graduate interns will culminate with a presentation to senior leaders explaining the outcomes of the major projects that were completed. The preceptor will work directly with the graduate interns throughout the summer, orienting them to the organization.

The graduate intern and the preceptor will work together to identify projects of interest and value to the intern. The intern could also work with other leaders in the organization.

The internship preceptor is likely to change from year to year; however, interns are always assigned to a member of the senior leadership team. In the past, graduate interns have been assigned to the administrator for the Operational Excellence Program Office, administrators of clinical departments and the Director of Hospital Operations.

Graduate interns are paid a monetary stipend, and are provided with food vouchers good at any Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center food services location. Interns also have the option to live on campus through student housing if needed. 

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Participants in the Administrative Graduate Internship are expected to:

  • Identify projects to meet desired personal and professional goals that have been mutually agreed upon with the preceptor.
  • Communicate to the preceptor about program requirements.
  • Initiate educational opportunities specific to individual interests.
  • Conduct business in a professional manner, including actively participating in one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, and respect the confidentiality of information gathered.
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Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit a formal employment application.

Within the online application, the following must be attached:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Personal statement: In one page, the applicant should describe their expectations of the Administrative Graduate Internship and what they hope to accomplish and contribute to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Applicants who are unable to attach any of the application materials listed above should send the information in one packet to:

Administrative Fellow
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850, MC 142
Hershey, PA 17033

General Application Timeline

  • End of January: Application deadline
  • February: Interviews
  • Mid-May: Internship start date
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Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Two banners depicting cartoon candy characters are seen on a light pole in downtown Hershey, PA, in summer 2016, with a brick building with large glass windows in the background.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.