Education in health care management can be incomplete without significant work experience and contact with the health care industry. Therefore, HCM majors are required to complete an internship as part of their coursework for the degree. Full-time work for a minimum of 7.5 weeks in a structured health care setting is required to complete the internship requirements. The student's internship experiences are linked to his or her academic courses through periodic contact with a faculty advisor, as well as a written analytical management report.
The student intern gains important exposure to the health care industry, augmenting classroom learning. Working under direct supervision of an approved preceptor, the intern assumes varying levels of responsibility for tasks and assignments throughout the internship. Often, our interns have been given complete responsibility for important projects because of their preparation in the classroom at ASU. Several of our graduates have been employed by their internship organization, and others have secured employment through contacts made in the internship process.
It is highly recommended that students participate in the internship program during the summer between the junior and senior year -- this way, experience and knowledge gained during the internship guides the senior year of study. The higher level business and health care management courses are enhanced when the student can relate 'real-world' observations gained through the internship. The internship should also provide an important foundation for job-seeking during the senior year -- enhancing awareness of what positions or organizations the student desires for their initial career. Students receive six semester hours of academic credit for successfully completing the internship, through enrollment in HCM 3900 during the Summer Session.
Below are the basic steps required of an internship:
- Professional Development I & II (HCM 3800 & 3810) are designed to assist the student with the internship process.
- Beginning in the Fall Semester preceding the summer internship placement, the student should identify what type of organization they desire for their internship. The HCM Program Director is available to help students identify internship opportunities.
- The student is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites and preceptors.
- Once the potential preceptor offers and the student accepts the internship, the HCM Program Director must approve the internship placement.
- The preceptor and student mutually agree on the dates of the internship, recognizing that the student must complete at least 300 worked hours to fulfill the internship requirements.
- Both the University and the Preceptor's organization enter into an internship agreement. This agreement is provided by the HCM Program Director. It is the responsibility of the student to have this agreement signed by both parties.
- During the internship, Faculty advisors will conduct telephone inquiries and site visits (for internships sites within 300 miles of campus) with both preceptor and student to verify adequate performance.
- The preceptor provides a written evaluation of the student intern's performance.
- The student intern is responsible for a written analytical report of their experiences and contributions to the organization, learning obtained and their observations of the health care industry.
- The internship is graded 'Satisfactory' or 'Unsatisfactory' by the Faculty Advisor, based on preceptor evaluations and the written report.