The Undergraduate Administrative Internship Program is a competitive 10-week summer program offered to rising juniors and seniors in college. Eligible students will have come from an under-represented minority background. The internship program will provide students the opportunity to work within a specific institute or department at Cleveland Clinic, either at Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio or at one of our regional locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to hone their competencies in a variety of areas (e.g., clinical operations, healthcare finance, Microsoft Excel, international operations, strategy) by participating in regular didactic sessions and case studies. Interns are also granted executive mentors as well as a more mid-careerist alumni mentor. Interns will receive resources to assist them in identifying housing options, and this opportunity is paid at a competitive market rate.

Why Cleveland Clinic?

Cleveland Clinic was ranked in 2021 as the No. 2 hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Interns gain excellent career experiences in leading-edge areas of healthcare management. Interns are supported by a dedicated team to ensure their experience aligns with their professional goals and interests. Additionally, interns benefit from the program’s cohort model; interns will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with students.

Previous institutes, departments, and regional sites that interns have worked in:

  • Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute.
  • Functional Medicine.
  • Buildings and Property.
  • International Operations.
  • Supply Chain Operations.
  • HR Operations.
  • Marketing.
  • Patient Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Hospital.
  • Medina Hospital.
  • Beachwood Family Health Center.
  • Independence Family Health Center.
  • Lutheran Hospital.
  • Talent Acquisition.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

There is potential for opportunities to continue the internship at Cleveland Clinic as they finish out their coursework. All are encouraged to pursue a graduate degree and to apply to the graduate internship and Administrative Fellowship Program as well.

Project Work

Project Work

The Leadership in Healthcare Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to complete a variety of projects. The intern will work with their preceptor to identify projects that satisfy their interests and enhance their professional development.

Examples of projects that previous interns have completed include:

  • Safety Huddle Board Process Improvement.
  • Community Baby Shower.
  • In-Country Representative Summit.
  • Digital Equity and Social Determinants of Health.
  • Patient Service Job Family Hiring Sprint.
  • Investigating the Cause and Effect of Caregiver Turnover.
  • Infrastructure Funding Walk-throughs.
  • Post-COVID Syndrome Shared Medical Appointment.
  • Functional Medicine Consulting Plan.
  • Breast Surgeon Template Audit.
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Community Outreach.
  • LGBT National Coming Out Day Coordination.
  • Mexico Environment Scan.
  • New Patient Menu Development.
  • Quality Assurance Food and Safety Review.
Program Department Sponsors

Program Department Sponsors

Each intern is assigned a sponsor that works with the intern to identify projects that satisfy their interests and enhance their professional development as they navigate the organization over the summer.

Contact Information

Contact Information

For questions about the program or application process, please email Vanessa Santamaria at santamv@ccf.org.

We will also be hosting three informational webinars at the below dates and times. Registration coming soon.

November 2, 2022: 4-5 p.m.

November 17, 2022: 12-1 p.m.

January 11, 2023: 9-10 a.m.



  • Not only do I feel more confident in my professional abilities, but I have never felt more confident in myself in and outside of work. This summer has reignited my passion for learning and seeking new experiences. I truly learned how to learn again, and I have seen the effects of this internship ripple through everything from my personal relationships to how I interact with strangers to how I run our family business. Thank you so much for allowing me to experience this life-changing opportunity.
  • I learned to trust and be confident in my work. The ongoing feedback played a big factor in this.
  • I feel much more confident to take on projects and communicate with directors and executive directors. My project management skills have improved and I am very happy about that.
Application Process

Application Process

Early Action applications are due December 2, with interviews taking place in mid-to-late December. Regular decision applications are due January 27, with interviews to follow. Interested students may apply for either round of applications.  

Applications should consist of resume, cover letter and two short answer essays (200 words or less) that answer:

  1. Why do you want to be a part of this health administration program at Cleveland Clinic?
  2. Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know on paper.

In the cover letter, applicants should indicate their interest in Cleveland Clinic and goals for a summer internship. The internship may be on-site, remote, or hybrid. A competitive monthly stipend will be provided to students during the 10 week internship.

Apply for the program here.