Hospital Internship Program

The Emory Healthcare Hospital Summer Internship is aimed at highly motivated individuals who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. 

Program Description

The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Hospital Summer Internship is an 11-week, full-time program designed for highly motivated individuals who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The curriculum is designed to provide young leaders with a comprehensive learning experience at a premier academic health system featuring some of the nation's top-ranked hospitals.

Program participants will be exposed to hospital operations and system leadership through project-based work and learning experiences. Project opportunities will vary and reflect both the participant's learning goals and the organization's needs. In addition to project work, candidates will attend senior leadership meetings, tour Emory Healthcare hospitals and facilities, meet key role players across the organization, and present to the Emory Healthcare Executive Leadership Team.

Time Commitment

The Hospital Summer Internship Program will begin late May and run through early August (11 Weeks). Students work full-time during the week on and are responsible for meeting their projects’ respective deadlines. 

Placement Process

Students are placed in various areas throughout Emory Healthcare based on student interest and department need. Placement will be determined during the selection process. Previous summer placements have included:

  • Emory Healthcare Office of Quality
  • Emory Healthcare Pharmacy
  • Emory University Hospital (EUH) Nursing
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) Facilities Management
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) Quality Improvement
  • Emory Rehabilitation Hospital


Compensation is pre-determined based upon the student's current level of education and the availability of funds. The current rate is $15/hour for undergraduate students and $18/hour for graduate students.

Housing is not offered as part of compensation, but students have chosen to live at Emory University's Clairmont campus or used Emory resources to search for additional locations.

Application Process


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student with a graduation date later than August 2021
  • Demonstrated interest in healthcare and healthcare administration
  • Current GPA above 3.5

Application Dates

  • Application Opens December 14th, 2020
  • Application Closes January 18th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

 How to Apply

Step 1: To be considered, applicants must fill out the electronic form below and submit all materials from step 2

Step 2: Applicants must electronically submit the following items in one combined PDF File labeled:  
"FirstName LastName_2021 EHC Hospital Summer Internship Program" emailed to

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter (one page, single spaced, 12 pt. font) outlining interest in the internship program and healthcare (addressed to "EHC Hospital Summer Internship Committee")
  • Short essay (350-word limit, single spaced, 12 pt. font) answering: What do you see as a major challenge in healthcare and how do you hope to address it in your career?
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Graduate transcripts (for graduate student applicants)
    (unofficial copies will be accepted, but download links will not be accepted)
    Please note any transcripts received after January 18th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST will not be accepted and applications will be marked as incomplete.

Step 3: Candidates advancing to the next round will be phone screened and a select number of candidates will be chosen to participate in a second phone interview with their prospective preceptors.

Step 4: Offers will be extended by mid-March


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Emory Healthcare Summer Internship Program FAQs

In the past, interns have received tours of some of the following facilities:

  • CDC Museum at the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta
  • Yerkes Primate Research Facility
  • Emory Proton Therapy Center
  • SCDU - Ebola Unit
  • Emory University Hospital
  • Emory University Hospital at Midtown
  • Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital

The Emory Healthcare Hospital Summer Internship Program is designed to place students into a specific hospital or hospital-based department within the Emory Healthcare system, whereas the non-hospital internship places students into opportunities on the physician group practice side of ambulatory care.

Examples of past projects include:

  • Implementation of Lean 5S improvement initiative for EUH Cath Lab Inventory
  • Daily management system implementation for Cardiology Services
  • Redesign of daily management system boards for Transplant services
  • Implementation of revised system processes to streamline patient discharges
  • Develop proposal to insource Occupational Injury Management for newly acquired hospitals and facilities
  • Develop proof-of-concept for pharmacy-led transitions of care involvement at EUHM
  • Assist management at Emory University Hospital Midtown with compliance and safety inspection in preparation for The Joint Commission
  • Implementation of Performance Improvement Boards across all nursing units within Emory University Hospital Midtown

The program start date will be May 18th, 2020 and the program will end on July 31st, 2020.

Internship experience will be designated to match candidate’s education level. Projects will be assigned based education and experience to ensure appropriate fit and rigor of work.

Yes, accommodations can be made for schools that require a 12-week internship for course credit, however this is determined on a case by case basis.

Participating in the EHC Hospital Summer Internship Program does not guarantee a part-time or full-time position within Emory Healthcare. In addition to networking opportunities and exposure to leadership within the organization during the internship, interns who have performed well are highly considered for future employment within the organization.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship email at:

Please also visit the Emory Healthcare Hospital Summer Internship Program website.