Summer Enrichment Program Overview




Suzanne Jackson, vice president of operations and urgent care for HCA Physician Services Group, discusses how her participation in the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Summer Enrichment Program helped create the foundation for her success as a senior health care executive.



The Institute's Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) places diverse, graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in health care administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships within health care organizations. Experienced administrators serve as preceptors and mentors, providing support and career advice as well as those critical early-career connections.

According to a 2015 Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Benchmark Study, the patient populations in U.S. hospitals and health systems are becoming more diverse, while diversity in those organizations’ senior leadership ranks has experienced a decline – evidence for the urgent need of effective initiatives to increase representation and inclusion of diverse leaders in healthcare management.

Since 1994, the Institute has placed more than 1,500 individuals in Summer Enrichment Program internships at hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations. Many former SEP participants now hold senior management and board positions at organizations across the country. In addition to gaining broad exposure to the host site’s staff, stakeholders and challenges, SEP interns also complete an independently-designed special project, intended to benefit the hospital after the internship concludes.

In 2016, the Institute and The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) also entered into a Strategic Alliance to co-promote the SEP.


Click here to find out more about participating as a student or intern.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Host Site

Second Round 2019 Summer Enrichment Program Host Sites:
(The 2019 participating Host Sites will be updated frequently - please check back often for updates)

Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois
Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
Chicago, Illinois
Jefferson Health
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LifeBridge Health
Baltimore, Maryland
Main Line Health
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, Ohio
Mount Sinai Health System
New York, New York
Novant Health
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sentara Healthcare Norfolk, Virginia
Emeryville, California


First Round 2019 Summer Enrichment Program Host Sites:

Advocate Aurora Health
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alameda Health System
Oakland, California
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Chicago, Illinois
Atrium Health
Charlotte, North Carolina
BrightStar Care
Bonita Springs, Florida
Duke University Health System Durham, North Carolina
Froedtert Health
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Boise, Idaho
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital
Dixon, Illinois
Lakeland Regional Health Lakeland, Florida
Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, Texas
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Bronxville, New York
Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SCL Health Broomfield, Colorado
Spectrum Health Grand Rapids, Michigan
SSM Health St. Louis, Missouri
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Witt/Kieffer Oak Brook, Illinois



Additional Resources:

SEP Host Site Handbook

SEP Preceptor Handbook

SEP Intern Handbook

SEP Host Site Brochure

SEP Intern Brochure

For more information about the Summer Enrichment Program, please email or call (312) 422-2658.