Administrative Summer Residency Program

About the Program

The Administrative Residency Program is a 12-week summer program designed for individuals seeking to prepare for a career in Healthcare Management and to assume leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system. The program is open to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited Master's program in Health Administration, Business Administration or Public Health.

The purpose of the residency is to provide an introduction to the daily activities of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons from the perspective of top management.

Whenever possible, the residency is tailored to the interests and professional needs of the student, taking into account previous experience and areas of interest. It is structured to provide experiential learning in an academic medical center environment within a clinical, basic science department or Institute / Center for varying lengths of time over a 12-week period.


The objectives of the residency include the following:

  1. To observe and study the role, function and style of top management individuals
  2. To understand the goals and planning process of the organization and how they are determined, and to understand the priorities of the organization and how and why they were selected
  3. To analyze the decision-making process at different levels of the organization
  4. To understand the dynamics of relationships between various stakeholders
  5. To obtain an understanding of the operational effectiveness of the organization
  6. To enhance the student's understanding of the health care industry, the organization's strategy and distinctive competencies
  7. To provide an environment to enhance their understanding of, and the controlled application and testing of skills, theories, and concepts presented during the academic year
  8. To strengthen the student's judgment, decisiveness and related administrative skills in a healthcare environment
  9. To provide a basis for developing a code of ethics, philosophy, and a dedication to high ideals and standards of healthcare management
  10. To provide an opportunity to evaluate the student in relation to his/her needs for professional development and potential for a career in healthcare management.

Structure of the Residency

1. Orientation

The Resident will begin with a comprehensive orientation to the organization focusing on the mission, vision and strategic goals for the school. Each resident will work with the Department Administrator of each department that will act as the preceptor for the duration of the residency.

2. Projects

A major component of the residency will be assigned projects. The student will be given detailed assignments designed to give practical experience at various administrative levels. These activities may include assisting in the preparation of the annual budget, the collection of data to analyze problems of high organizational priority, or participation in strategic planning efforts.

3. Rotations

The Administrative Resident will have the opportunity to work with a one a department or during the program period. Department participation as well as assigned rotations and projects are based on need. Examples include: Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Clinical Departments, Basic Science Departments, or Centers & Institutes.

Financial Arrangements

The residency is expected to run for 12 weeks from June 3, 2024 through August 23, 2024. Arrangements for the entire summer schedule will be developed between the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Resident.

The Administrative Resident will be paid the minimum rate for an Administrative Officer grade 103 twice monthly, once on the 15th of each month and again on the last day of the month for the duration of the program.

How to Apply

Students who are enrolled in an accredited Master's program in Health Administration, Business Administration or Public Health that requires a residency as a condition of graduation are eligible to apply. Candidates should be motivated self-starters and must also possess strong analytic, organization and communication skills.

All requirements must be received by March 1st, 2024.

To apply, please complete the Careers at Columbia Application. This is to be completed online via the Careers at Columbia Website by searching for requisition number 541704, or using the link below.

All application documents must be combined into ONE PDF packet. Please upload your application packet to the ‘Resume’ option on the document upload page of your application.

Please include the following documents in your application packet.

  1. Current Resume;

  2. One-page Cover Letter describing interest in the residency;

  3. Writing Sample of your choice: 3pg minimum, 4pg maximum (not including citations), in APA format with Times New Roman font;

  4. Official Undergraduate Transcripts ;

  5. Unofficial Graduate School Transcripts

  6. Two (2) signed Letters of Recommendation. One letter should be from graduate school professors and at least one from an employer, if possible.

Apply via Careers at Columbia


One applicant will be selected by each participating department. Decisions will be communicated by early April. If you have any questions regarding application requirements please refer to our frequently asked questions and contact information sections below.


I am not able to provide one letter of recommendation from an employer, what can I do?

If you are not able to provide one letter of recommendation from an employer, please submit another letter of recommendation from a graduate school professor.

What are the Writing Sample requirements? Should it be on any specific topics?

The Writing Sample is required to be 3pg minimum - 4pg maximum, not including citations in APA format with Times New Roman font. The topic or subject of your Writing Sample is of your choice.

How much will I get paid as the Administrative Summer Resident?

The Administrative Summer Resident will be paid at the minimum rate of the Administrative Officer grade 103. He/she will be paid $2,437.50 twice monthly for the duration of the program.

Where will the residency take place? Where is the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons?

The Administrative Summer Residency Program is part of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Although Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital are affiliated, they are two separate organizations.

The Summer Residency rotations will take place within Clinical Outpatient Departments or Basic Science Departments and Institutes within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is located at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Campus, at 630 West 168th Street New York, NY 10032.

Can I pick the department I would like for the residency? Which departments will participate in the Summer Residency Program?

The Department Administrator determines their finalist and the candidate then identifies if there is a mutual interest. There must be matching interest on both sides, for the department and the residency candidate.

Department participation varies from year to year and is done on a volunteer basis. 

What is the work day/week schedule like for the residency?

The standard schedule for the Administrative Summer Resident is 35 hours a week, Monday- Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Contact Information

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