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Summer Internship Program


Program Overview

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Summer Internship Program is a 10 week internship program that gives students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework the chance to receive practical experience in healthcare administration while positively impacting Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Program participants will be exposed to hospital and/or clinic operations and leadership through project-based work. Project opportunities vary and reflect both the participants interests and the needs of the medical center or department. In addition, interns will have the opportunity for other experiences within the medical center and professional development opportunities.

Project Work

Projects will be focused in a variety of business and operational areas across the medical center and may involve domains such as business development, finance, operations, process improvement, quality, and strategy. At the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to present a deliverable, such as a presentation or business plan, to departmental and senior leadership recapping their project findings.

Time Commitment

VUMCs Summer Internship Program starts in late May and lasts through early August. Lengths of assignments may vary depending on the department and project scope. Interns are expected to work full time during the week with their assigned departments and are responsible for keeping their project work on track to meet specific deadlines throughout the summer.


Compensation for the VUMC Summer Internship Program is predetermined and will vary depending on the project sponsor and interns educational status (undergraduate versus graduate).

Application Process

Applications will be accepted between January 25-February 8, 2019.  Specific instructions are as follows: 

  • Navigate to the following link:

  • Select “External Applicants” from the right side of the screen.

  • Search for the job code “1900729" in the Keyword field under the tab titled “Job Search.”

  • Select the “Internship” link listed under the Requisition Title.

  • Select “Apply Online” and proceed with the application.

  • Under the tab titled “Resume,” please attach your current resume as a Word or PDF document.

  • Under the tab titled “Additional Attachments,” please attach the following:

    • Cover letter addressed to VUMC Administrative Internship Committee, detailing interest in healthcare and working at VUMC

    • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcript

  • Continue to complete the application. Under the tab tilted “Work Preferences,” please select “Days” from the list of Preferred Shift options.

  • Continue to complete and submit the application on or before February 8, 2019.

Selection Process

Step 1: Candidates will be sent a list of available project opportunities and asked to rank their top 3 preferred options.

Step 2: Selected candidates will participate in a series of phone interviews

Step 3: Offers are extended on March 4, 2019.