Summer Enrichment Program Overview




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

Thank you to our 2018 Summer Enrichment Program Host Sites:

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Chicago, Illinois
Amery Hospital & Clinic, Westfields Hospital & Clinic Amery, Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc. Bristol, Connecticut
Carolinas Healthcare System and Novant Health Charlotte, North Carolina
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter Norfolk, Virginia
Duke University Health System Durham, North Carolina

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital Dixon, Illinois
Lakeland Regional Lakeland, Florida
Memorial Hermann Health System Houston, Texas
Mount Carmel Health System Columbus, Ohio
Navicent Health Macon, Georgia
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Columbus, Ohio
Penn Medicine Princeton Health Plainsboro, New Jersey
SCL Health Broomfield, Colorado
Sentara Healthcare Norfolk, Virginia
Spectrum Health Grand Rapids, Michigan
Stormont Vail Health Topeka, Kansas
Tidelands Health Georgetown, South Carolina
Wellstar Health System Marietta, Georgia
Witt/Kieffer Oak Brook, Illinois
BrightStar Care Bonita Springs, Florida
Central Florida Health Leesburg, Florida

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati, Ohio
Froedtert Health Milwaukee, Wisconsin
HCA Gulf Coast Division Houston, Texas
Healthwise Boise, Idaho
Main Line Health Media, Pennsylvania
Medical University of South Carolina Health (MUSC Health) Charleston, South Carolina
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mount Sinai Health System New York, New York
New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Bronxville, New York
Norwegian American Hospital Chicago, Illinois
Perham Health Perham, Minnesota
SSM Health St. Louis, Missouri
Stephenson Cancer Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
St. Louis Children’s Hospital - BJC Healthcare St. Louis, Missouri
Texas Children's Hospital Houston, Texas
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Jefferson Health Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
UK Healthcare Lexington, Kentucky
UW Health Madison, Wisconsin


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.