Healthcare

Summer Administrative Internship Program

A group photo of the OHSU volunteer administrative summer internship class

The OHSU Administrative Internship Program allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience the healthcare profession through an administrative lens.

OHSU is accepting 15 interns for the summer of 2019 (June 3 – August 23) to be placed in various healthcare departments across the organization.

In addition to the assigned project, interns will have the opportunity to experience day-to-day operations (e.g., daily readiness huddles, staff seminars and trainings, etc.), as well interact with patients, families and staff through rounds and other engagement experiences.

To support intern growth, development and networking opportunities, weekly lunches with executive leadership will be provided, including an in-depth question and answer session.

Interns will receive a stipend to support housing and living expenses throughout the summer, but are responsible for arranging and securing their own housing. They will also receive a pass valid for all Portland public transportation.

Required qualifications

An Administrative Summer Intern dressed in hospital scrubs gives a thumbs up sign.
  • Ability to commit to entire 12-week internship, 35-40 hours per week (June 3 through August 23- Dates vary based on academic schedule) 
  • Recent graduate of or current enrollment at an accredited university pursuing a bachelor's or graduate degree with Junior or Senior standing 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing 
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-directed 
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with teams 
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational skills and is able to meet project milestones and deadlines 

Intern testimonials

Annie Liu - Penn State University

“The people and culture at OHSU are really conducive to learning. Everyone I’ve asked has been really open about sharing their time and experiences with me. Throughout this internship I’ve discovered and developed skills I otherwise couldn’t have in a classroom setting.”

Rachel Palmer - Portland State University

“I could not have asked for a better experience from the OHSU Administrative Internship. My preceptor and other ambulatory oncology leaders were eager to facilitate my learning and make me feel like a valuable member of the team. I was given ownership of projects, included in high-level strategic meetings, and given significant exposure to the inner-workings of the department to the point of being able to help problem-solve.”

Carly Freeman - Tulane University

“The OHSU Administrative Internship was unlike any of my previous internships. Not only was I immersed in the content of my specific project, but I was also encouraged to gain experiences in other departments of the hospital. Any OHSU staff member I reached out to was willing and receptive to meeting with me and answering any questions. In addition, the internship facilitated relationships with hospital administration, and that is something interns typically aren’t exposed to.”

How to apply

The deadline for submitting 2019 summer internship applications was March 1.

Contact us

For more information, please contact adminintern@ohsu.edu