An internship is required to assure that all students graduating from the program have substantive first-hand experience in an administrative setting within one or more health care organizations. Internships are 3-to-5 credits, with 64 hours of experience required for each credit hour. Most of the internships are approximately 4 credit hours and are completed during the summer between the first and second year.
Students who already have managerial work experience in the health care sector are encouraged to broaden their experience in different types of settings including exposure to patient care professionals and settings. However, students who have extensive managerial experience in the health care sector and wish to waive part or all of the internship requirements may petition the department for a waiver. Students with such administrative experience are encouraged to discuss possible alternative experiences with faculty advisors.