• Administrative internship
  • Administrative fellowship
  • Biodesign innovation fellowship
  • College student summer program

Administrative Internship

Looking to apply your education in a rewarding Internship as you make a significant and positive impact on the community – and the world? UCan at UCLA Health! We’re home to California’s number one hospital* and we have exciting opportunities for you to make a meaningful contribution to our important work. Our Administrative Internship is an engaging and rewarding 10-12 week program designed to provide you with real-world project work and in-depth exposure to a busy world-class academic medical center.

*U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospital Honor Roll 2019-20

What it’s all about

The UCLA Health Administrative Internship is hands-on and action-oriented, giving you the knowledge and experience necessary to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s health care field. You will be exposed to every area of health care delivery, attend regular meetings with senior leaders and project sponsors, and be involved in a variety of enterprise-wide projects and initiatives. At the end of the program, you’ll be able to showcase the knowledge and skills you’ve gained by presenting your project to UCLA Health senior leadership.

This year, we are excited to offer ten internship opportunities within key departments across our system. Individual department leaders will serve as your preceptors and guide your project work. More than that, the entire Administrative Intern cohort will learn with one another through a myriad of shadowing experiences, executive-facilitated discussions, and other community-building events.

The application for the 2020 Administrative Internship Program is now closed.


December – January

Start Date:

Late May/Early June

of Positions:


How to apply

If you are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in health care administration, business administration, nursing, public health, health informatics, or a related field, you are eligible to apply to become a UCLA Health Administrative Intern.

Submit your application within the application window timeframe and include the following documents (in PDF form) with your application:

  • One page cover letter telling us why you are interested in pursuing an internship with UCLA Health and what your top-three goals are for your summer internship
  • Current resume, including both undergraduate and graduate school GPAs
What it takes to succeed
  • Enrollment in an MBA, MHA, MPH, MSN, MHI or other closely related program with graduation in or after December 2021
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills
  • Writing and editing skills to prepare grammatically routine business correspondences, such as informal letters, memoranda, and notification letters
  • Computer proficiency and knowledge of on-line processing, web page editing, and a variety of programs, such as Microsoft Office and Tableau
  • Excellent prioritization skills to complete work in a timely manner despite changes in workload or assignment, pressure of deadlines, or competing requirements


Who oversees the UCLA Health Administrative Internship Program?
Each Administrative Internship position will have their own department-specific preceptor. This person will help assist Administrative Interns throughout the summer and provide coaching and guidance on a day-to-day basis. In addition to these preceptors, Richard Azar, the COO of UCLA Health serves as the Executive Sponsor to the Administrative Internship program.

How will I be paired with a department’s Administrative Internship position?
At the time of application, applicants will select the top four departments where they’d like to complete an Administrative Internship at UCLA Health. After all interviews have been completed, the applicants will create their ranked list of preferred internship placements. With this information, we will be able to find pairings that maximize the applicant’s and department’s preferences.

What is the duration of the Internship? Is it paid or unpaid?
The Administrative Internship is a 10-12-week paid program.

When does the Internship start?
The start date for all Summer Administrative Interns is late May to early June.

Who is eligible to apply for the Internship?
Applicants must be currently enrolled in master’s program.

How many interns does UCLA Health hire?
We plan on hiring 12 interns next summer.

Summer 2020 opportunities

Operations Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Drew Weil, Hospital Operations Manager

Quality Management Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Brandy Bryant, Director, Quality Operations

International Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Rojean Kashanchi Senior Director, International Business Development

Oncology, Hematologic Malignancies, and Cellular Therapies Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Administrative Director, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapies

UCLA Health IT – Office of Health Informatics and Analytics (OHIA) Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Yael Berkovich, Data Governance Manager, Enterprise Information & Albert Duntugan, Sr. Director of Enterprise Information Architecture

UCLA Health Performance Excellence Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Jerome Crawford, Director, Performance Excellence

Nursing Administration Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Liz Maister, Director, Nursing Business Systems

Budget and Financial Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Annabelle Lerman, Director of Finance and Budget

Marketing Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Tanya E. Andreadis, Chief Marketing Officer & Dominic Parero, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing

Office of Compliance Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Eric Evans, Director, Compliance Programs, Strategy and Risk Informatics

Real Estate | Planning, Design, and Construction Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Amy Kraft, Director, Real Estate | Planning, Design, and Construction

Revenue Cycle & Patient Business Services Administrative Intern
Preceptor: Bernadette Lodge-Lemon, Director, Revenue Cycle

Current interns
  • NameInternship PositionGraduate Program
  • Armando Valdez Martinez, Jr.NursingMSN, Duke University
  • Rayanne FarhatAmbulatory NursingMHSA, University of Michigan
  • Jennifer PyszCenter for Nursing ExcellenceMHSA, University of Michigan
  • Samantha ChanPerformance ExcellenceMPH, UCLA
  • Emily StooplerOperationsMBA, Columbia University
  • Karen HsuSanta Monica UCLA HospitalMBA/MPH, Yale University
  • Alex FrumkinInternational ServicesMBA/MPH, UCLA
  • Connor PorterfieldHematologic Malignances/BMT TransplantMSHA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Illana GreenbergQualityMPH, Emory University
  • Paul J. Lukac, MDOHIAMBA, UCLA
Past interns
  • YearNameInternship PositionGraduate Program
  • 2018Anand ShahsOperationsMD/MBA, Duke University
  • 2018Andy LeeISS MD/MBA, Northwestern University
  • 2018Anthony Wong, MDQualityMHSA, University of Michigan
  • 2018Michael LindsayWomen’s and Children’s HealthMBA/MHA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2018Annie ScolamieriHematologic Malignancies/BMT TransplantMHA, George Washington University
  • 2018Kyle AsayInternational Services MHA, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2018Daniel (JP) Jean-PhilippeEmergency Preparedness MHA, Cornell University
  • 2018Joseph ChoiPerformance Excellence MPH, Yale University
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To learn more about this great opportunity e-mail to AdminIntern@mednet.ucla.edu.

Administrative Fellowship

If you’re passionate about using your education to make a positive impact on the lives of others, UCan with the UCLA Health Administrative Fellowship. This challenging and rewarding program will train you in leadership, hospital management, and the administration of all aspects of an academic medical center.

What it’s all about

As a Fellow in this 12-month, project-based, action-oriented program, you will attend executive leadership meetings, be involved in an array of enterprise-wide projects and initiatives, and lead different projects for the organization. Richard Azar, UCLA Health’s Chief Operating Officer, is the primary preceptor of the Fellowship. During your Fellowship, you will serve as a member of Richard’s senior leadership team. With our flexible structure, you will get to see and experience all areas of UCLA Health including the health system, ambulatory sites, and the faculty practice group. Each project will have a sponsor who will work with you on project definition, execution, and dissemination of results.

The program will enable you to develop marketable competencies in four major areas:

  1. Health care administration knowledge, including operational planning and system improvement in a hospital, clinic, and academic setting
  2. Interpersonal and communication skills while working with physician and administrative colleagues on various projects
  3. Professionalism and leadership skills
  4. Analytical and critical thinking skills, business planning and financial analysis

Rojean Kashanchi


Please check back in the summer of 2020

Start Date:


of Positions:


How to apply

If you will complete your Master’s degree in health care administration, business administration, nursing, public health, health informatics or a related field by the summer of 2020, the UCLA Health Administrative Fellowship may be the perfect opportunity for you to use your education to jump start an amazing career! This 12-month post-graduate training program starts immediately following the completion of your graduate degree.

The following documents will be required at the time of application:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Statement on Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: How will you contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCLA Health? Consider your awareness of inequities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups. How might you work to address these inequities and challenges as the Administrative Fellow and in positions immediately following the fellowship? Please limit your response to 500 words.
  • Resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (please address to “Dear Selection Committee”)
  • Current academic transcript (official or non-official)

All materials must be completed for consideration. All complete applications will be reviewed by the Administrative Fellowship Committee. E-mail inquiries can be directed to: AdminFellowship@mednet.ucla.edu

What it takes to succeed

Minimum qualification requirements include:

  • Recent completion of an MHA, MBA, MSN, MPH, MHI or Master’s degree in related field by summer of 2020
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills


Who oversees the UCLA Health Administrative Fellowship Program?
Richard Azar, the Chief Operating Officer of UCLA Health, is the primary preceptor for the Fellowship. In addition to Richard, the Manager of Hospital Operations will help assist the Fellow throughout the year and provide coaching and guidance on a day-to-day basis.

How is the Fellowship structured? Is it rotational or project-based?
The Fellowship is a 12-month, project-based program. The Fellow will get to see and experience all areas of UCLA Health including the health system, ambulatory sites, and the faculty practice group. The interest of the Fellow as well as intuitional needs guide project selection.

Is the Fellowship a paid position?
Fellows are considered full-time employees and are paid a salary for the 12-month duration of the program. As such, the Fellow is eligible for employee benefits including health insurance coverage, retirement savings, and paid time off. For more information, please visit www.uclahealthcareers.org.

How many Fellows will UCLA Health hire in the 2020-2021 Fellowship year?
UCLA Health anticipates hiring one Administrative Fellow each year. In addition, since 2013, UCLA Health has partnered with Army Baylor to provide an Administrative Fellowship position to an active duty military officer completing their MHA. Upon completion of the 12-month fellowship, the Army Baylor Fellow returns to a military position.

What specific graduate degrees are accepted for application to the program?
MHA, MBA, MSN, MPH, MHI or Master’s degree in a related field. Graduate programs with a required fellowship or residency prior to graduation are eligible.

Will UCLA Health accept Fellows who obtained their graduate degree in previous years?
We welcome applicants with a variety of experience, including those with work experience as well as recent graduates. The UCLA Health Administrative Fellowship is typically geared towards early careerists.

Are international applicants eligible for consideration?
UCLA Health does not currently offer visa sponsorship for the Administrative Fellowship.

Can applicants submit materials electronically?
Yes. All applicants must submit materials electronically including their online application, statement of purpose, statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, resume/CV, letters of recommendation and current academic transcript. Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be scanned and uploaded with the online application or emailed to adminfellowship@mednet.ucla.edu.

What criteria are used to select the Administrative Fellow?
Applicants are evaluated on the following through the online application materials, phone interview and on-site interviews:

  • Academic achievement
  • Professional and personal experiences
  • Statement of purpose
  • Statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Letters of recommendation
  • General knowledge of UCLA Health
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership potential
  • Overall fit
Current Fellows

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Amanda G. Fakih

Amanda joins UCLA Health after completing her Master of Health Services Administration with a certificate in Public Health Genetics and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Amanda worked in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as the General Manager of a diagnostic genetics laboratory. Between her first and second years of graduate school, Amanda completed an Administrative Internship in the Office of Patient Safety at Michigan Medicine where she gained exposure to key initiatives in health care quality improvement, including patient safety event review, high reliability organization planning, safety event classification scoring, and establishing a culture of safety.

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Garrett Kuipers

Garrett earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle in 2010. Garrett is currently serving as a captain in the United States Army Medical Service Corps. He joins UCLA health having recently completed the didactic phase of the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration. Garrett was most recently assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield (AAF) in Hawaii where he commanded the Air Traffic Services Company, a functionally diverse 45-person team responsible for the safe coordination of aircraft and airspace. Prior to that he served as the Executive Officer for the 15 helicopter Aeromedical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Company, also at Wheeler AAF, and was responsible for the operational Air MEDEVAC support for all Army operations in the Pacific Area of Responsibility.

Past Fellows
  • Fellowship YearNameGraduate Degree, ProgramCurrent PositionOrganization
  • 2018-2019Annie RiggsMHSA, University of MichiganService Line Manager, NeurosciencesUCLA Health
  • 2017-2018Samantha GaffneyMHA, MBA, University of Alabama at BirminghamProject Manager, Executive Administration (Santa Monica)UCLA Health
  • 2017-2018Edgar MargeviciusMHA, MBA, Army-Baylor UniversityGroup Practice ManagerGoodfellow Air Force Base
  • 2016 – 2017Daniel D. HeffnerMHA, MBA, Army-Baylor UniversityFuture Operations OfficerMedical Recruiting Brigade, Fort Knox
  • 2016-2017Drew WeilMPH, Yale UniversityManager, Hospital OperationsUCLA Health
  • 2016-2017Alan L. KaplanMD, UCLA UrologistUCLA Health
  • 2015-2016Rojean KashanchiMPH, Columbia University Senior Director, International Business DevelopmentUCLA Health
  • 2015-2016John E. ThomasMHA, MBA, Army-Baylor University InstructorAMEDD Center and School, JBSA
  • 2014-2015Drew PetersonMPH, Yale UniversitySpecialist, Financial ServicesUCLA Health
  • 2014-2015F. Marc OrcuttMHA, MBA, Army-Baylor UniversitySenior Financial AnalystAir Force Budget Programs, Washington DC
  • 2014-2015Laura McDonoughMHSA, University of Michigan Enterprise InitiativesIntermountain Healthcare
  • 2013-2014Lily RohMPH, Yale University Director, Population HealthUCLA Health
  • 2013-2014Eric HarasimowitzMHA, MBA, Army-Baylor University Department Head, Material ManagementNaval Medical Center, Camp Lejeune
  • 2012-2013Mike BurkeMHA, University of IowaExecutive Director, International ServicesUCLA Health
  • 2012-2013Frances Watts Van BeekMSHA, MBA, University of Alabama at BirminghamDirector, Hematologic Malignancies and Stem cell TransplantUCLA Health
  • 2011-2012Catherine (Bass) WattsMHA, Saint Louis UniversityPhysician Office SupervisorSaint Francis Health System
  • 2010-2011Randi WigginsMBA, Yale UniversityAdministrative Director, Operative ServicesUCLA Health
  • 2009-2010Catherine (Duda) HampelPhD, MPH, UCLA Executive Administrator, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineUPMC
  • 2008-2009Jeff ButlerMHSA, University of Michigan Chief Administrative Officer, Faculty Practice GroupUCLA Health

Application opens

Late September
Application deadline. All completed applications received by the application deadline will be reviewed.

A select group of candidates will be invited to participate in telephone interviews.

Early November
A further select group will be invited to Los Angeles for a series of in-person interviews with the Hospital Executive Team.

Early November
Decisions will be made and an offer extended to the selected fellow(s) in early November

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Our location enables you to experience all of the fun, excitement and variety Southern California has to offer. Look around and you’ll quickly discover why this is one of the world’s most desirable places to live, work and play.


To learn more about this great opportunity e-mail to AdminFellowship@mednet.ucla.edu.

UCLA Biodesign Fellowship

Develop transformative, life-changing technologies – from advanced devices to sophisticated digital solutions – with the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. This year-long entrepreneurial opportunity provides early-stage professionals with the chance to partner with a best-in-class interdisciplinary team to prototype and develop technologies to solve challenging health care needs. If you have an advanced degree in medicine, nursing, engineering, computer science, design or business and a passion for changing lives through technology, this could be an incredible opportunity for you. Learn more.

College Student Summer Program

At UCLA Health, our summer employment programs are aimed at providing college students with real-life healthcare experience. Here, you can find a job that will be a true learning experience.

Candidates for the College Student Summer Program must be high school graduates who are currently enrolled in college or current undergraduate students and demonstrate a desire for a career in healthcare. Volunteer experience is preferred.

The application for the 2019 College Summer Student Program is now closed.
Please check back in December 2019 for updates regarding next year’s program.