The Summer Enrichment Program

Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Affiliate of American Hospital Association
Chicago, IL.
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Observation, Health Disparities, Rural Health


The Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s mission is to expand health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally and racially diverse individuals, and increase the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field.

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

“Advancing diversity in workforce, leadership and governance is a critical component of our efforts to provide better, safer care for every individual in every community we serve,” said Tomás León, president and CEO of the Institute. “Through this alliance with ACHE—one of the Institute’s founding members—we believe we can expand opportunities for minorities interested in careers in health care and develop the next generation of health care leaders.”

Since 1994, the Institute has placed more than 1,200 individuals in SEP 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.

“A diverse health care workforce will be best equipped to recognize and address existing gaps in care, effectively improving health for all,” said Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “ACHE is proud to partner with the Institute in this strategic alliance to diversify health care’s leadership ranks through co-promotion of the Summer Enrichment Program.”

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.


We recruit interns from graduate school programs in health administration.  Information about our program is available on the Internet for interested individuals to review.  The two requirements for participation in the SEP are enrollment in an accredited graduate degree-granting program in a relevant field and U.S. citizenship.

We screen interns twice.  We review their initial applications and their resumes.  We also confirm with the dean of their program that they are enrolled in the graduate program they list.

Please contact the program administrator for multiple deadlines details.