Health Services Administration, B.S.
Searching for an Internship
You must enroll into internship orientation class HSA 4853, during this class you will be applying to approved internships.
Since it can take time to secure an internship, we encourage our students to start thinking about where they would like to intern a full semester before they start. For example, if you wish to begin an internship during the spring semester, we recommend that you complete the internship orientation and begin contacting the organizations of interest to you during the fall semester.
- An overall GPA of 2.5
- The completion of 90 cumulative credit hours
- The completion of 24 credit hours in health services administration
- Completion of an online HSA internship orientation class (HSA 4853)
Yes. We provide students with a list of affiliated organizations with which we have established a contract or agreement. However, you may be interested in interning at a location that is not on the list. If you find your own internship site, you must contact the HSA internship coordinator so that an affiliate agreement can be established with the organization.
If you cannot find an internship site, either from the affiliate list or on your own, you must contact the internship coordinator immediately. It is your responsibility to enroll into internship orientation, secure an internship and enroll into internship class (HSA 4850) for the semester you do your internship.
Registering for the Internship Course
HSA Graduate Program: 3-credit internship = 240 working hours
HSA Undergraduate Program: 3-credit internship = 150 working hours
HSA Undergraduate Program: 3-credit internship = 120 working hours*
(*Enrolled in catalog year Spring 2015 or before)
Completing the Internship Course
The internship has two components: the work requirements and the course requirements.
Students are expected to meet the work requirements by:
- Adhering to their established work schedules
- Developing and completing their work product, or final project
- Meeting their required working hours
- Working with their preceptor on designated tasks
- Making a significant contribution to the organization
Students are expected to meet the class requirements by:
- Participating in the online course
- Completing all requirements of the course, including readings and quizzes
- Developing and completing their work product
- Submitting all required forms
You will be expected to develop a work product, or final project, which will count as a portion of your final grade in internship class. You will design your work product in conjunction with the preceptor. The product should focus on a managerial topic that is of importance to the preceptor and to the organization for which the you are interning.
The work product is not intended to be a recap of what you have already done during the internship, but rather a specifically designed project that you are asked to develop for the organization. The work product is expected to be rationally, yet creatively, developed, allowing you to apply learned knowledge to a practical situation. The benefit of completing the work product is that you will have a project that can be placed in your portfolio and shared with future potential employers.
Due to the nature of this internship, there are specific forms that students and their preceptors are required to complete. You can access these forms via the online course once you have registered. All you need to do is complete, scan and return the forms during the semester via the online course. The forms are:
- The Confidentiality Agreement Form, Schedule and Goals Form
- The Preceptor Acknowledgment Form
- The Student's Evaluation of Preceptor & Internship Experience Form
- The Preceptor's Evaluation of Intern & Work Product Form
- The Hours Worked Form
- Final Project
- Academic integrity is expected and required from all students. You must adhere to the internship timeline in order to meet specific deadlines throughout the course of the semester.
- Professional behavior is expected and required from all students. During the semester, you will see proprietary information that is not intended for public dissemination; it is a privilege and honor to be entrusted with this type of sensitive information. You must not reveal this information to anybody outside of the organization. Also, you will be expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner. This includes acting and dressing professionally at all times. .
- Attendance with the preceptor. You will commit to spending several hours per week with the organization and will work with your preceptors to develop a work schedule. You are expected to independently resolve personal and work-related scheduling conflicts that interfere with your ability to meet your internship obligation.
The Office of Experiential Learning services the entire university and offers internships and co-ops to a variety of different disciplines. Students must register with the Office of Experiential Learning and then work with them to find placement. The co-ops are paid positions offered by the Office of Experiential Learning, similar to a job. In the major, the co-ops can be used as either a program requirement or elective credit.
If you wish to go through the Office of Experiential Learning, you will need to complete the required paperwork with the Office of Experiential Learning and must then submit them to the Department of Health Management and Informatics. The co-op will then either be used to fulfill the internship requirement, or be counted as elective credit NOT program required internship credit.
Undergraduate Internship Process
Through an internship, students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and gain valuable administrative experience that is essential for starting a career in health services administration. Because of this, the School of Global Health Management and Informatics requires students who are enrolled in the undergraduate health services administration program to complete an internship prior to graduation.
If you have specific questions about the program that aren’t answered here, please visit our HSA FAQ section.
The internship will be counted as a course, so you must meet the following pre-requisites in order to enroll:
- 90 overall credit hours completed
- 24 HSA credit hours completed
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (2.75 major GPA for catalog year Spring 2015 or earlier)
- Self-enroll through MyUCF into HSA 4853 (Internship Orientation)
- Secure an internship within the semester you take HSA 4853 (Internship Orientation), then wait until grades post
- Self-enroll into HSA 4850 (Internship Class)
HSA 4853 Internship Orientation (Online via Webcourses):
- One Semester to complete
- Access to all UCF affiliated internship sites to apply to
- To successfully pass this course students need to secure an internship and onboard with the site
- Complete preceptor form (in webcourses)
HSA 4850 Internship Class (Online via Webcourses):
- Needs to be completed in one semester
- Submit all required class forms and final project (in webcourses)
Must finish 150 internship hours (or 120 internship hours if student’s catalog year is Spring 2015 or earlier)
Securing an Internship
Before signing up for an internship, you must complete an online internship orientation session. This session will be offered during the semester before your internship starts. During orientation, you will receive an affiliation list with contact information for the various internship locations. Once you have chosen the organizations for which you would like to intern, you must follow these steps to secure an internship:
- Contact your organizations of interest by sending a resume and cover letter.
- Set up an interview.
- Interview with the organization.
- Secure the internship.
Once you have secured an internship, you will be able to enroll in the internship course.
Once you have begun your internship, you will be required to complete four things:
- The required number of working hours, which is 150 for a three-credit undergraduate internship
- A “work product,” or final project, for the organization
- The course portion of the internship
- All of the required paperwork throughout the semester