Health Services Management Internship Interview Day - for internship sites
Every fall and spring, the Health Services Management program invites internship sites to participate in Internship Interview Day. The event provides health care organizations and nonprofits the opportunity to interview top internship candidates all in one place at one time.
Recruit for spring 2024 interns at the next Internship Interview Day: Friday, October 6
Select candidates to interview on Internship Interview Day. You may rank as many as you’re willing to meet and will be matched with 5-6 to interview.
Attend Internship Interview Day (in-person or virtually), interview candidates, and rank top candidates.
The Health Services Management program will announce internship matches based on organization rankings and student rankings.
Meet with your new intern(s) and set a start date!
Amazing, well-prepared, and professional candidates!
Emily Overman, Together Homecare
Recruit your next intern at Internship Interview Day
If your organization is interested in recruiting an intern or interns from the Health Services Management program, please fill out this short form and a member of the Internship Interview Day team will reach out to you with more details.
Develop an internship program
Hosting one or more interns at your organization can be both rewarding and beneficial. While providing a student with a life-altering educational experience, you can also provide your organization with a fresh perspective, a future talent pipeline, and additional project capacity.
Frequently asked questions
There are many good reasons to consider developing an internship program. Below are some of the reasons why organizations currently work with us to host interns:
Provide a pivotal educational opportunity to students in their community.
For most of our students, their required internship is their first opportunity to work in their future profession. A high percentage of our student population are the first in their family to attend college. This means they may not have had the same opportunities other students have to observe role models working in a professional setting. Post-graduation, many of our students note their internships as being one of the most vital aspects of their educational experience.
Create a diverse talent pipeline set on working locally.
In addition to being a great educational opportunity for a student, an internship can function as an applied interview and can give you the chance to test the fit of an individual with your organization. As most students will complete their internship in the final semester of their senior year, the internship can easily transition to full-time employment, though this is not an expectation.
Furthermore, if your organization is interested in investing in local talent the Health Services Management program can be a great fit. Over the last five years, 90-100% of our graduates have chosen to stay and work in Indiana. Additionally, our student population is far more diverse than similar programs in the area and more diverse than the general IU Ft. Wayne student population.
Interns can bring a fresh perspective to your organization and provide current employees with supervision and professional development growth.
Many organizations see hosting interns as beneficial to their own employees. Not only do interns provide fresh perspectives but providing staff members opportunities to supervise and mentor interns can be a wonderful investment in the professional development of your staff.
Does your organization have a wish list of projects that you would like to accomplish but have not had the time or manpower? Does a specific department or project need additional support? Hosting an intern might be a solution as it supports the needs of the organization while also providing valuable professional experience to a student.
Think about tasks and projects that can be accomplished with some level of independence following initial training. If nothing specific comes to mind, consider a rotating internship program in which the intern would be able to spend a week or more in several departments assisting with projects and sitting in on meetings. (We would just ask that a single supervisor be identified as the primary point of contact for the intern.)
Most internships take place over one semester. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 120 hours during their internship. However, many internship sites wish for students to commit to more hours per week to make the experience more meaningful for both parties. At a minimum, an intern would need to work at least 8 hours per week during a fall or spring semester or 11 hours per week during the summer term.
Fall semester: Late-August through mid-December Spring semester: Mid-January through early-May Summer semester: Mid-May through mid-August
*Suggested start and end dates will be provided for each specific semester.
Most students graduate in fall (December) and spring (May), which means internships over the spring and fall semesters will have more candidates to choose from and the ability to hire graduating seniors.
If your organization is unsure how to structure an internship, we would be happy to assist in that development process. Generally, the following elements are included in every internship description:
Examples: Human Resources; Revenue Cycle; Marketing; Facilities
Options: In-Person, Hybrid, 100% Remote/Virtual
Paid or Unpaid
If paid, provide the hourly rate or stipend rate
Learning Objectives – What will an intern learn in this internship?
Example: Intern(s) will develop professional communication skills through the development of project deliverables and interactions with a variety of healthcare professionals.
Examples: One day per week (Fridays from 8am-5pm); 20 hours per week
Description of Internship
Provide an overview of what you will expect the intern to work on while in the internship. Example: Provides project support directly or through appropriate delegation project support to the Vice President, Clinical and Revenue Cycle Services. Conducts quantitative analysis to identify themes in large data sets. Researches and offers feedback on improvement efforts and customer satisfaction. Provides general project support for all members of the leadership staff as needed. Interacts with various health center employees and has indirect contact with patients.
Required Skills (if specific)
Example: Ideal interns will have experience working with data sets and feel confident in Microsoft Excel.
Interns can be paid or unpaid. As in all hiring, there is competition for good interns. Typically, internships that offer some form of payment (e.g., hourly pay or stipend) attract the strongest candidates. Additionally, if developing a diverse employee pipeline is a priority for your organization, it is important to remember that many students from diverse backgrounds are financially unable to accept unpaid internship opportunities. The current average hourly rate for an intern in our program is $13-15 per hour.
If your organization is leaning toward establishing an unpaid internship, do take a few minutes to review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA Fact Sheet #71) to ensure your internship would meet the “test for unpaid interns.”
Onboard your intern(s), clearly identifying expectations and organization policies
Provide your intern(s) with a space from which they can work during their time with you (if format is hybrid or in-person)
Provide guidance and supervision throughout the internship experience
Prepare tasks or projects for the intern(s) to complete during their internship(s), and provide feedback on their efforts
Expand your intern’s professional network by introducing them to colleagues
Meet regularly (on a schedule of your choosing) with your intern(s) to provide feedback
Notify the university contact if any problems arise
Provide some electronic feedback on your intern’s performance at the mid-pint of the internship
Complete an electronic evaluation of your intern’s performance at the end of the internship in which you will verify they have completed a minimum number of hours in the internship
Meet with the intern(s) in an exit interview to provide feedback to them on how they performed and areas for future growth
The Health Services Management program hosts an Internship Interview Day event each fall and spring semester. This is how most of our students will seek their internships. All internship sites planning to secure an intern (or interns) for the upcoming semester are encouraged to participate in this event.
Recruit for spring interns at the fall Internship Interview Day
Recruit for fall interns at spring Internship Interview Day
Recruit summer interns by posting internship opportunities through our program during the spring semester (fewer students complete their required internship over the summer). To post a summer internship please email an internship description to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our streamlined process takes all the recruitment work off your plate and only asks you to send one or more representatives from your organization to interview and rank candidates during the one-day event.
Please reach out. We would be happy to answer any specific questions or to work with you on the development of an internship program at your organization. Please contact the Health Services Management program at email@example.com.
What students say about Internship Interview Day
“Internship Interview Day was such a success! I landed a great internship that I never would have had the opportunity to interview for outside of the event. --Kay’Lei Minor
“Internship Interview Day set me up with an internship that helped provide me with invaluable experience and guidance for my career! It opened my eyes to a world of opportunity!” -- Blake Surface
“The preparation we did in the Career Preparation course helped me feel more confident and prepared going into the interviews. My interviews all went smoothly and I landed a great internship!” -- Sarah Forbes
Our Career Development Office is here to assist employers with recruiting full-time or part-time employees. If you would like to post a full-time or part-time position, attend an upcoming career fair, or schedule on-campus interviews to fill non-internship positions, please reach out to our Career Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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