We have placed interns at a variety of healthcare organizations. The Health Services Administration program requires that students complete internships, which give the students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. In many cases, students who have interned at an organization have been hired on permanently after graduation.
During the internship experience, students work with an identified professional of a health care organization (HCO). The HCO professional (preceptor) facilitates on-site experiences which allow the student to see how concepts, principles and skills learned in the classroom are applied in the real world.
Students work alongside preceptors to learn about the nature of their work, while observing different functions and responsibilities of that HCO. Administrative and research projects allow the student to learn about managing and submitting work which addresses a real-world need with real-world implications.
Our students have completed internship experiences with several health care organizations, including:
- Alkermes Drug Company – Ireland and the US
- Avera Health – South Dakota
- The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (Good Sam) – South Dakota and Iowa
- Sanford Health– South Dakota
- UnityPoint Health – Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin
Internships consist of 120-280 hours of contact experience. Students pursuing a Health Services Administration degree will complete a year-long residency as part of their academic program.
For more information on program requirements, timeline and checklist, please view the following: