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Summer Internship in Healthcare Administration

Summer Internship Program in Healthcare Administration at UCH

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) sponsors a Summer Internship program for current graduate students in a Master’s program in Healthcare Administration, Business Administration or related programs.

Program Goals

  • Enhance the intern’s understanding of the challenges facing today's health care delivery systems and University of Colorado Hospital's role as the only academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. 
  • Apply the intern’s previous classroom knowledge to real-time projects. 
  • Increase the intern’s understanding of certain competencies needed to succeed as a future healthcare administrator.


3 months, from the end of May 2013 through early August 2013

Program Highlights

  • This is a three-month, 40 hours/week, compensated, summer internship program focused in one or more of these competencies: governance and organizational structure, human resources, finance, healthcare information technology, quality and performance improvement, laws and regulations, professionalism and ethics, healthcare organizations, and management and business administration.  
  • The intern follows the standards and expectations suggested by the American College of Healthcare Executives. 
  • The intern will gain valuable exposure to system and departmental operations through participation in hospital rotations, meetings, projects and other professional experiences. 
  • Projects will be customized to the intern’s interests as well as the immediate needs of University of Colorado Hospital directors. The intern will report to their director-level preceptor.


Application Details

To apply for University of Colorado Hospital's Summer Internship in Healthcare Administration, please electronically submit the following materials by December 31, 2012, to our Career Opportunities page, under "Summer Internship Program in Healthcare Administration" (use summer or internship as keyword search terms). Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • Cover letter addressing why you are interested in a summer internship at UCH
  • Current resume (2 pages maximum)
  • One letter of recommendation (academic, professional or direct supervisor)

Please address all materials to Emily Porritt, Administrative Fellow.

Application Timeline

  • 12/31/2012 – Application submission deadline
  • 01/07/2013 to 01/11/2013 – Initial phone interviews
  • 01/14/2013 to 01/25/2013 – Preceptor phone interviews
  • 02/01/2013 – Summer Internship candidates selected

Have Questions About the Summer Internship Program?

If you have questions about the Summer Internship experience, please contact:


Emily Porritt, Administrative Fellow

(720) 848-7024

About University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital

As the Rocky Mountain region's only academic medical center, we are always among the first in the nation to bring advanced medicine to the bedside.


We are long-recognized as one of America's best hospitals by others ranging from U.S. News & World Report to the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


In 2009, UCH was named by Nursing Professionals Magazine as one of the Top 100 Hospitals to Work For. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has designated UCH as a “Magnet” hospital three consecutive times, placing us in the top 1% for nursing excellence in the world. UCH was among the first in the country to receive accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for our post-baccalaureate nurse residency program.


In July of 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCH among the top 50 best hospitals in the country in pulmonology (1),  nephrology (16), rheumatology (17), cancer (34) and neurology & neurosurgery (50). This is the 17th year the hospital has appeared in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings. In addition, the magazine ranks UCH as the #1 hospital in the Denver metropolitan area.


And in 2011, the University HealthSystem Consortium named UCH "best performing academic hospital for quality" in the country - a distinction awarded again to UCH in 2012.


UCH has become a destination for people who seek excellence in their health care. We’ve been able to take our patients to new heights in world class clinical care, research and education in partnership with the physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


UCH is a 400-bed hospital which admits over 20,000 patients and sees over 600,000 outpatient visits per year.


Construction is underway on our new $400 million, 12-floor expansion tower, to be completed in 2013. The new tower will increase inpatient capacity with space for another 240 beds, additional OR’s, interventional suites and a conference center. A new Emergency Department will be equipped to accommodate 85,000 visits per year.


Our Mission

Advancing healthcare for our patients and their families through healing, discovery and education.


Our 2020 Vision

By 2020, University of Colorado Hospital will be recognized as one of the top 10 academic medical centers in the United States.


Our visionary model of care will:
• Exceed the expectations of patients, families, staff and faculty
• Deliver seamless and compassionate care
• Foster a highly-spirited, collaborative team
• Educate the next generation of healthcare professionals
• Lead the nation in quality outcomes and patient safety
• Advance discovery and innovation
• Ensure a strong financial base
• Provide flawless service in unparalleled facilities


Our Values

With passion to live our mission and courage to reach our vision, we value relationships, excellence, integrity, and knowledge to create an environment where together we all make a difference.

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