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Summer Enrichment Program Host Information


The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a 10-week, paid internship program for graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and health equity through lived experiences and are in the process of pursuing an advanced degree within health care or a related field.

Participants in the program are paired with a health care organization where they benefit from experiential learning, mentorship, networking and the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. Experienced administrators serve as preceptors and mentors, providing support and career advice as well as early-career connections.

The Summer Enrichment Program seeks individuals with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity to strengthen the pipeline and build the next generation of diverse executives and leaders in health care.

Host sites are to provide professional development, mentorship, training and education for interns that are placed at their organization. IFDHE will give preference to host sites that are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion; and have the commitment integrated into their work practices and policies.

2024 Summer Enrichment Program Schedule
November 13, 2023

Applications open for host sites and students

February 16, 2024

Student application deadline

February 19, 2024

Application review period begins

March 11, 2024

Interviews will be conducted with IFDHE Internal Review Committee and student applicants

April 1, 2024

Student candidate referrals to host sites begin

April 5, 2024

Host Site application deadline

June 3, 2024

2024 SEP begins

August 12, 2024

2024 SEP concludes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • SEP interns are students enrolled in graduate school. Students are usually pursuing an MHA/MPH/MBA or comparable graduate degree. Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and health equity through lived experiences. We do not place undergraduate students. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or a non-U.S. citizen who is authorized to work in the United States and, if hired, able to provide proof of employment authorization in the U.S.

    • $2,000 per intern for AHA member hospitals
    • $2,500 per intern for non-AHA member hospitals

    The host site is responsible for paying administrative fees. IFDHE will email your invoice after students have been selected.

  • IFDHE recommends that the hourly rate is comparable to the city’s cost of living or more.

  • SEP interns complete a special project that utilizes the skills, knowledge and professional development they received during the program. The completed project is to serve as a beneficial tool or resource for the host site.

  • NOTE: The application period for the 2024 program is now closed.

    Registration in the SEP database is a simple process. Follow these steps to get registered:

    1. To Register as a host site for the Summer Enrichment Program, click here. MentorScout is our database partner. They host the SEP database for us. Bookmark this page for easy access.
    2. In the "Enter your Organization:" form, enter IFDSEP.
    3. Enter your profile information. Be sure to fill out the grey "Host Site Section". Skip the blue "Student Section".
    4. Once you have completed the registration, you will receive an email with your Profile Id. Save that email. You'll need that to login, update your profile and search for interns.
    5. Download and complete the SEP Host Site Commitment Form. Upload and attach your completed SEP host site commitment form to your profile or email completed commitment form to ifd-sep@aha.org.
    6. Download and review the SEP Host Site Handbook. (Your guide to administrating the SEP for your host site.)


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