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Administrative Undergraduate Internship

Administrative Undergraduate Internship

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The Administrative Undergraduate Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 10-week, non-clinical program that admits one Penn State Health Policy and Administration undergraduate student per summer.

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Program Details

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.

Each undergraduate intern is assigned to a preceptor from 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.

Interns work full-time hours and receive compensation on an hourly basis.

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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
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Application Requirements

  • Applications open: N/A (closed for Summer 2024)*
  • Applications close: N/A (closed for Summer 2024)*

*Please note: Penn State Health is not offering undergraduate or graduate administrative internships during Summer 2024. Internships may become available again in Summer 2025. Please check this website in November/December 2024 for updates on the 2025 application season.

Qualified candidates should submit a formal employment application during the open period. Within the online application, the following should 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 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 in the application portal should send them via email to Kassie Heeman at

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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.