The Massachusetts General Hospital provides an excellent learning environment for healthcare management students interested in careers in hospital leadership. Each summer, the MGH accepts a limited number of master’s degree students for administrative internship opportunities. Selected students gain exposure to the complex operations of a major academic medical center, become engaged in a mix of observational experiences and project-based work, and receive guidance and mentorship from experienced healthcare executives.

Administrative interns join a specific MGH department for the summer and are precepted by an Administrative or Executive Director. Preceptors provide students with a broad range of learning opportunities depending on the priorities of the department, as well as the student’s professional interests. Sample activities include:

  • Attending high-level management meetings
  • Observing clinical care and speaking with caregivers or patients
  • Developing process flow maps of current processes and making recommendations around improving processes
  • Managing and analyzing data to inform department strategy
  • Supporting the capital budget process and/or evaluating prospective products or vendors
  • Attending grand rounds or other medical education lectures
  • Reviewing and completing financial analyses and statements
  • Assessing and summarizing new business opportunities
  • Supporting accreditation applications and site visits
  • Participating in clinical simulations and facility tours
  • Meeting with senior leadership

Interns meet regularly with their preceptor(s) to discuss their progress. In addition, interns meet with each other and other preceptors to share information about their projects and discuss current trends, issues and opportunities in healthcare.

Please note that students that apply for and/or complete an administrative internship at MGH are at neither an advantage or disadvantage if they later choose to apply to the post-graduate MGH Administrative Fellowship Program

Departments that interns have worked with in the past include:

  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Center for Faculty Development
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Surgery, The Transplant Center
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Research Management
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
  • Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care
  • MGH Telehealth
  • Network Development & Integration
  • Perioperative Services
  • Radiation Oncology
  • The Cancer Center


Recent Interns

  • Sarah Beinkampen

    The Ohio State University, MHA Candidate
    Network Development & Integration
    Key Project: Exploring the Expansion of the MGH Research Institute into the Network

  • Christine Galligan

    Virginia Commonwealth University, MHA Candidate
    Radiation Oncology
    Key Project: Optimizing Care of Oncology Patients with Substance Use Disorders

  • Garrett Garber

    Emory University, MPH Candidate
    Department of Surgery, The Transplant Center
    Key Project: Cardiac Surgery Advanced Practitioner Staffing & Scheduling Analysis

  • Tricia Lu

    Columbia University, MHA Candidate
    Department of Research Management
    Key Project: Measuring the Research Productivity and Outcomes of Research Grants Distributed Through the MGH/NCI Proton Beam Federal Share Program

  • Yamira Maldonado

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MHA Candidate
    Department of Medicine
    Key Project: Tracking the Care Paths of Medicine Patients in Non-Medical ICUs

  • Allison Manfreda

    Boston University, MBA Candidate
    Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
    Key Project: Optimizing Access to Increase Clinical Utilization

  • Preeti Nakrani

    UMass Amherst, MPH Candidate
    The Cancer Center
    Key Project: Content Development for Workshops Related to MGH Cancer Center’s International Collaboration

  • Mark Seelen

    Dartmouth College, MBA/MPH Candidate
    Perioperative Services
    Key Project: Optimizing Storage and Flow of Surgical Instrumentation

  • Lauren Smith

    Vanderbilt University, MBA Candidate
    Department of Pediatrics
    Key Project: Department Financial and Operational Dashboard Creation

  • TJ Treasure

    University of Minnesota, MHA Candidate
    MGH Telehealth
    Key Project: Pricing Telehealth Services for Community Partners

  • Francesca Wang

    Yale University, MPH Candidate
    Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Faculty Development
    Key Project: Analyzing Survey Data to Inform Diversity and Talent Retention Strategy

Testimonials of Former Interns

  • Brian Allyn

    The George Washington University, MHSA
    Department of Pathology

    “My internship experience at MGH opened countless doors for me. While the internship was only 11 weeks, I developed immensely during my time in the Pathology Department. I was given meaningful responsibilities and the opportunity to own several different initiatives. These opportunities let me further develop and test my own skill set as a young healthcare administrator.”

  • Alison Gusick

    Boston University, MPH
    Center for Faculty Development, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    “The administrative internship program at MGH exposed me to various positions and departments throughout the hospital. I truly enjoyed meeting many MGH managers and learning about what it takes to become an innovative leader in the healthcare industry.”

  • Rong Huang

    Cornell University, MHA
    Department of Medicine

    “On the day it was announced that MGH ranked first, there was a huge picnic and we got the chance to meet with Dr. Torchiana. People I met at MGH were always willing to help and the 10 week internship was really invaluable.”

  • Priya Joshi

    Columbia University, MHA
    The Cancer Center

    “The MGH administrative summer internship was one of the best work experiences I've had. As an intern, I was given ownership of projects, was able to sit in on meetings with senior administration, and was given exposure to all areas of the hospital as well as senior leadership that I never thought I'd have access to as an intern. The culture at MGH is extremely collegial and everyone I worked with was invested in the growth and success of one another. I looked forward to coming into work and I attribute my incredible mentors to a large part of that.”

  • Jeffrey Ma

    Columbia University, MHA
    Department of Surgery

    “The collegial environment created by my peers and seniors allowed for the lasting relationships I continue to take on as I move forward with my career.”

  • Sarah Trautmann

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MHA
    Department of Pediatrics

    “Any learning opportunity is available to you if you ask! The people within MGH are more than happy to sit down and talk to you for an hour about their past and current experiences. It is also so cool to be in the middle of so much history and prestige.”

  • Tom Centore

    Cornell University, MHA
    Research Management

    “The MGH administrative summer internship program does a truly remarkable job of preparing future healthcare leaders for the next step in their careers. Senior leadership's commitment to learning is evident through the mentorship provided both during and after the internship. In addition, the opportunity to work on meaningful projects allows interns to develop a greater understanding of the complexities inherent to an evolving healthcare industry.”

  • Rachel Dahlen

    University of Michigan, MHSA
    Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care

    “The MGH administrative internship program was an exceptional experience. MGH is a learning institution, which is evident in the caliber of the mentorship and guidance you receive in the internship. The organization is invested in the success of every student who walks their halls. It was an absolute honor and privilege to be among such committed, bright, and compassionate people.”

  • James Guo

    Yale University, MPH
    Department of Surgery

    “At MGH, you will work with a group of really talented and motivated people. We are very proud of our culture and people.”

  • Paula Hoekstra

    Yale University, MPH
    Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology

    “It was amazing to get to know a group of students who were so passionate about healthcare innovation. To do so at one of the top hospitals in the country allowed us to interact with healthcare leaders in a progressive and challenging environment.”

Intern Experience

The Intern Experience

The internship program is designed to promote a sense of camaraderie among the administrative interns. Interns attend meetings and program events together, in addition to professional networking events and self-organized social outings throughout the summer. The internship offers students an invaluable opportunity to strengthen their peer professional network while also building a tight-knit community. Students have found the internship experience holistic in providing professional, educational, and social opportunities.



Internship preceptors serve as mentors and supervisors for interns throughout the summer. Each intern is assigned a preceptor(s) and will work in that department for the summer. Preceptors work with interns to develop projects tailored to the intern’s interests as well as the department’s needs. Recent internship preceptors are featured below:

  • John McGillivray, MBA

    John McGillivray is the Senior Administrative Director of the GI Division in the Department of Medicine at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “[MGH] is the best learning environment in Boston! I chose to be a preceptor to reconnect with students, and I enjoy teaching, sharing knowledge and practical experiences to help interns learn about healthcare.”

  • Elizabeth Geagan, MHA

    Elizabeth Geagan is the Executive Director for the Department of Medicine and the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “I enjoy being a preceptor because I get to meet people really interested in the field. They teach me new things all the time! Boston is a great place to spend the summer and MGH is such a special place. Exposure to this environment will further convince you that healthcare administration is a very fulfilling career.”

  • Stephen Spring

    Stephen Spring is the Senior Administrative Director of Perioperative Services, Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “MGH is a high quality teaching institution that values education and the educational experience. The broad perspective that one can gain here is
    something that I do not think can be replicated at other institutions. As a preceptor, I have the opportunity to watch the interns grow and teach them something new.”

  • Mara Bloom, JD

    Mara Bloom is the Executive Director for The Cancer Center at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “Over the past two years, I have had the honor to serve as a preceptor for Massachusetts General Hospital administrative interns. I have been impressed by the interns' ability to drive significant projects in a short period of time. In The Cancer Center, interns have participated in quality improvement, care redesign, financial planning and operational planning initiatives. I also think the interns enjoy all the opportunities to shadow departmental leaders across a variety of settings.”

  • Danielle Le Hals, MPH

    Danielle Le Hals is the Executive Director of Radiation Oncology for The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “MGH’s administrative internship program is a unique opportunity to have access to many educational, behind-the-scenes opportunities of a world-class, leading academic medical center. I enjoy mentoring those new to healthcare administration and seeing the value that interns have added to our department through their project work. I enjoy seeing the progression of the intern through the summer, from being completely new to our complex and highly technical environment, to be able to contribute, co-lead projects, and ask meaningful questions towards to end.”

  • Bethany Daily, MHA

    Bethany Daily is the Senior Administrative Director for Perioperative Services at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “We offer a rich program in an excellent organization. Our interns are exposed to a wide variety of topics and situations in a short amount of time. It’s a great opportunity to get a high-functioning intern to learn and contribute, and being a preceptor feels like a nice way to give back to those who will be future leaders in health care.”

  • Kristen Massimine, PhD

    Kristen Massimine is currently the Director, Relationship Management for The Massachusetts General Hospital’s Network Development department.

    “I obtained my Ph.D. with the intension of becoming an educator and mentor. Although I opted to shift career paths to healthcare administration, I still enjoy working with students. We have a set program that offers a fabulous overview of the organization, exposure to senior leadership, and insights into the inner workings of a hospital. I wish that I had known about this program when I was in school; I would have wanted to do it!”

  • Gary Smith, MPA

    Gary Smith is the Senior Administrative Director for Research Management at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “MGH allows interns to gain an understanding of how a top academic medical center operates. I feel it is important that students interested in hospital administration gain a general understanding of how a research enterprise operates at a large academic medical center, and as a preceptor, I give interns exposure to the MGH research enterprise and how it operates from a senior leadership perspective.”

  • Erin Padden Stewart, MBA

    Erin Padden Stewart is the Administrative Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Gastroenterology in The Massachusetts General’s Department of Medicine.

    “I had many great preceptors when I was in school and beyond, so I can appreciate how valuable this experience can be. I enjoy connecting with students who are on a similar pathway. MGH is world-renowned, and having the chance to intern with the organization as part of your learning is a valuable opportunity for any student.”

  • Elena Olson, JD

    Elena Olson is the Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “As a preceptor, I enjoy having the opportunity to interact with students and design and implement an important project that will have an impact on our mission. MGH is committed to ensuring a rewarding experience to all interns and to helping them achieve their career goals, whatever they may be! It’s extremely rewarding to be a part of this process.”

  • Julie Ritucci, MPH

    Julie Ritucci is the Administrative Director of Finance in the Department of Pediatrics at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “This is a great program with great interns! MGH is a terrific place to learn given that it is one of the best academic medical centers. The culture is conducive to learning and welcomes it. I enjoy teaching and coaching interns, and working with them as they add value to our department with the projects they complete.”

  • Donna Lawton, MS

    Donna Lawton is the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Development at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “[MGH] is a great place to learn. You will get great exposure in a top notch environment, and have the opportunity to make lifelong connections while having a wonderful summer balancing work and exploring Boston. I enjoy watching the enthusiasm and energy that the interns have and how they put that into their internship experience.”

How to Apply

How to Apply

To be considered, students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited master’s degree program with a specific concentration in healthcare
  • Able to work full-time during the summer (Monday-Friday, 8 hours/day during business hours)
  • Be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English
  • Demonstrate intelligence, initiative, independence, adaptability and strong communication skills

MGH is a busy and complicated healthcare environment. Successful students demonstrate the ability to juggle their workload and to absorb and assimilate an extraordinary amount of new knowledge in a very short amount of time.

Students that meet the above criteria and are interested in being considered for an Administrative Internship at MGH may apply electronically via the MGH Careers website by the second Monday in January. The posting becomes available each fall no later than mid-November and can be found by going to massgeneral.org, clicking on Careers, and then searching jobs by typing in Administrative Intern.

A limited number of interested students will be asked to complete a brief video interview with a group of internship preceptors. Students are typically notified in mid to late February if they have been selected for an internship. Each student’s start and end dates is determined jointly by the preceptor and student based largely on the student’s school schedule, but most placements begin in late May and last 10-12 weeks. Prior to starting the internship, students are expected to provide their preceptor with any specific requirements their graduate program may require. Interns are required to complete a criminal background check prior to their start date and are expected to comply with all hospital policies, including protecting patient privacy and confidentiality.

Internships come with a modest hourly stipend. Students are responsible for arranging and funding their own housing and transportation during the summer.


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