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The Administrative Undergraduate Internship offers students enrolled in Penn State’s undergraduate Health Policy and Administration program the opportunity to gain experience in the operations of a large academic medical center. The 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. Sample projects include participation in Rapid Improvement Events, developing standard operating procedures, creating an emergency operations plan and more.
The undergraduate intern is assigned to two preceptors, one clinical and one administrative. The preceptors are members of the senior leadership team. In the past, interns have been assigned to administrators in Heart and Vascular Institute, Support Services, the Operational Excellence Program Office, Perioperative Services, as well as to nursing directors in Children’s Hospital, Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Support Services. Interns have also worked with outpatient directors in Penn State Medical Group.
The undergraduate intern and the preceptors will work together to identify projects of interest and value to the intern. The intern could also work with other leaders in the organization.
Compensation is provided in the form of a monetary stipend.
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Participants in the Administrative Undergraduate Fellowship 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
The application cycle for this program opened Dec. 7, 2020. The application period has been extended; all applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship year must be received by April 15, 2021, to be considered.
Qualified candidates should submit a formal employment application.
Within the online application, the following should be attached:
- Cover letter
- One letter of recommendation (academic or professional)
- Personal statement: In one page, the applicant should describe their expectations of the Administrative Undergraduate 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:
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: On-site interviews
- Mid-May: Internship start date
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