Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Enrichment Program (All states other than NY and NJ)

With an increasingly multicultural population, diversity and cultural competency issues in U.S. health care have become even more critical.

The Institute for Diversity?s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is helping by building a pool of diverse future leaders.

The SEP provides graduate students in health administration real-world work experience.  Interns are matched with appropriate health care
facilities, located nationwide, for a 0-12 week summer internship.  A volunteer executive from the host organization provides mentoring,
support and career advice during the internship.  The Institute supports the interns, with leadership development education and ongoing networking and mentoring opportunities.  The Institute also provides assistance with determining the best match between interns and host sites, as well as orientation sessions for hosts and interns and detailed program materials. Please visit our website at  or Elaine Johnson at 312-422-2630 for more details.

GNYHA Undergraduate-Level Internship
Promoting Diversity in Health Care Management
Application Deadline (postmarked by): March 9, 2009

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If you’re a college junior or senior, a first year graduate student, or a second year health administration graduate student, you can learn about a career in health services management through our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).

The SEP is divided into pre-career for undergraduate students and pre-fellowship programs for graduate students. In this program, you won’t just read about the exciting future you could have in this field.

You’ll spend five days a week working alongside the senior management of a health services organization.

You’ll be an employee of that organization for 12 weeks, from June through August.

You’ll earn an internship salary.


If you’ve never worked in a management environment before, it’s going to take you a while to get acquainted and learn your way around.

The Summer Enrichment Program doesn’t expect you to take on your first management experience on your own. We provide you with the best possible guide: a member of the senior management team of the organization where you’re working.

You’ll have a one-to-one relationship with a management executive such as a VP, Senior VP, President or CEO. You’ll “shadow” this person as they go through their workday, attend many of the meetings they attend, and see first-hand what a day in health services management is all about.

Throughout the summer, you’ll have many opportunities to discuss the problems, opportunities and decisions that health services managers face every day.


To make sure you don’t spend your summer just observing, the Summer Enrichment Program provides every student an opportunity to participate in a real-world project.

The project you work on won’t be a make-work exercise but a project of real importance to the organization. You’ll report to the manager in charge of the project, and your work will be evaluated as if you were a regular employee. You will also present your project to your faculty advisor for their input and feedback.


To give you a broad overview of the health services field, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of health services environments during the Summer Enrichment Program.

You’ll take field trips to other health services organizations in the area, and learn about the role each plays in the delivery of health services.

You’ll have a chance to meet and talk with health services executives working in a wide range of settings.

To complement your work experience, you’ll participate in a week-long seminar conducted by a faculty member from a partnering university health services administration program.

During the seminar, you’ll learn what you need to do to gain admission to graduate programs in health services administration, including required and recommended undergraduate courses; admission requirements; application deadlines; completing applications; obtaining reference letters; and interview skills and techniques.

You’ll discuss current issues and problems in health services, explore any questions that have come up during your work experience, and have a chance to meet and get to know other interns participating in the Program.

Your faculty advisor will familiarize you with the GRE and GMAT examinations required for entrance into graduate programs in health services management.

And as a special bonus, the Institute will pay your full tuition for the highly regarded six-week Stanley Kaplan GRE/MAT preparatory course, which you can take during the summer or your next academic year.


At the Institute, we’re always working to make our programs more effective. As part of that process, all management personnel, faculty and students participate in a thorough critique and evaluation of their Summer Enrichment Program experience. It’s your chance to tell us what the Program did well and what it could do better. And it’s our chance to do the same for you.


To help you decide if you should apply to the Summer Enrichment Program, we’ve developed a few guidelines.

To be a candidate for the program you must:

  • Qualify as a member of an ethnic minority group.
  • Be a college junior or senior, or a first-year graduate student.
  • Have a serious interest in learning about and pursuing a career in health services management.
  • Maintain a strong academic record (GPA 2.5 or better).

You also need to be prepared to work hard.

What you get out of the Program will depend entirely on how much you put into it.


If you’re interested in the Summer Enrichment Program, you should apply as soon as possible.

To obtain an application, see your guidance counselor or placement officer, or call the Institute at 1-800-233-0996.

It’s the first step toward a summer experience that could show you a very bright future.


Our flagship program, the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), provides talented minority students with a twelve (12) week internship in health care organizations across the country.

Our fee structure is affordable and sensitive to the financial challenges facing many health care institutions. The key responsibilities of a sponsor are:

  • Identifying a preceptor
  • Providing students with a structured projected
  • Providing interns with adequate ‘work/office’ space and access to a computer
  • Placing interns on your payroll

Interns are required to conduct a site visit (some are weekly) to other health care settings and complete a one-week didactic session at a partnering university in their health administration program.

Previous sponsors have found their summer interns to be a valueable asset to their organization. Many hospitals, health care organizations, health systems and state associations have sponsored interns in the past.

If you are interested in joining them in sponsoring a student for the summer, please contact Neysa Dillon Brown, Director of Education, 1-800-233-0996 or visit The Institute for Diversity in Health Management website.

If you are a Latino student and would like further information, please e-mail George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero at


American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of more than 28,000 healthcare executives known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs.

National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) was founded in 1968 in response to a challenge by the late Whitney M. Young, Jr., executive director of the National Urban League, who called upon black and other minority health services administrators to promote high-quality health services to the poor and disadvantaged citizens of this country. Since its founding, NAHSE ? through its local chapters ? has become a leading advocate for minority health issues through its involvement in health career programs, health administration education, health legislation and regulations, and community service projects. Through its annual educational conference, NAHSE provides continuing professional education for its members. NAHSE also funds scholarships for students in health administration education.

Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) was founded in 1988 as a national voluntary organization of Hispanic healthcare executives seeking to foster programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanics in health administration professions. An important allied goal includes the promotion of programs and legislation focused on improving the health status of Hispanic communities. AHHE is the first organization devoted exclusively to Hispanic healthcare executivesand to the education of the healthcare industry about the Hispanic healthcare marketplace.

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