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Program Structure

Program Structure

Executive Sponsor: Serves as the program’s champion for the Administrative Fellows. Ensures the Administrative Fellows’ participation in senior-level meetings and exposure to system-level operations.

Preceptors: Meet with the Fellows on a regular basis and provide feedback and guidance. The preceptor may assign project work to Fellows and provide them access to senior-level meetings.

Program Directors: Create and maintain the Administrative Fellowship structure and serve as the liaison between Senior Leadership and Administrative Fellows. Responsibilities include managing the program’s components, rotations, and requirements.

Steering Committee: Comprised of leadership across the enterprise, including former UW Health Administrative Fellows. The committee provides guidance to the program and selects final candidates.

Outside of the program structure, Administrative Fellows are encouraged to develop mentor relationships with leadership across the enterprise.

Fellows will contribute to systems-level project work that is aligned with UW Health’s current Strategic Plan and the interests of the Fellow. Areas of opportunity for project work include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Operations
  • New Business Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Patient Experience
  • Population Health

In addition, the Fellow will complete rotations to ensure readiness for leadership within an academic medical center upon completion of the Fellowship. Rotation areas may include:

  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Ancillary and Support Services
  • Finance
  • Hospital Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Inpatient Operations
  • Nurse Management
  • Physician Recruitment
  • Quality and Performance Improvement

Message from the Executive Sponsor

Elizabeth T. Bolt, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, UW Health
Elizabeth T. Bolt, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, UW Health

In our country’s ever-changing health care landscape, it is critical to the future of health care that we identify and develop the next generation of leaders to guide organizations through changing and challenging times. UW Health is committed to develop such health care leaders through our Administrative Fellowship program and prepare these individuals to successfully lead organizations into the future.

The Administrative Fellowship program at UW Health is structured to provide Fellows with a wide array of learning and development opportunities throughout the UW Health system. Fellows work alongside senior leaders on projects that directly relate to strategic plan initiatives as well as rotate throughout various departments to gain a system-level understanding of the strategy and operations of the organization. The Fellowship program is well known and respected by senior leaders, providing Fellows with the opportunity to establish a wide support network and strong mentoring relationships.

As Executive Sponsor of the Fellowship program, I am confident that an Administrative Fellowship at UW Health will provide you with excellent learning opportunities and prepare you to be an effective health care leader. The knowledge and experience you gain as a Fellow will have a lasting impact and will support you for the rest of your career. I encourage you to apply for the Administrative Fellowship program at UW Health and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Elizabeth T. Bolt
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
UW Health

Current and Former Administrative Fellows

UW Health offers a two-year Administrative Fellowship. This program is designed to cultivate leaders in the field of academic health care by fostering close working relationships with senior leadership while exposing the Fellow to a diverse array of operational activities across the enterprise.

2018-2020 Administrative Fellow

Sarah McKittrick, MHSA

Graduate School: University of Kansas Medical Center, 2018

2019-2021 Administrative Fellow

Sunina Gaddipati, MHSA

Graduate School: University of Michigan, 2019

Former Administrative Fellows

FellowYear of CompletionGraduate Alma MaterCurrent PositionOrganization
Nadia Albert2019Saint Louis UniversityProject Manager II, Medicare OperationsCentene Corporation
Margaret Benson2018University of North FloridaClinic Manager, VascularUW Health
Innocent Okechukwu2018University of MissouriProject Manager, Distinctive ProgramsUW Health
Rachel Zorn2017Yale UniversityManager, TelehealthUW Health
Greg Angus2017Penn State UniversityClinic Manager, UrologyUC Health
Jordan Mason2015University of MissouriManager, Commercial Billing and ReimbursementUW Health


Candidates for the UW Health Administrative Fellowship should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an accredited graduate program in Health Administration or a related program (MHA/MBA/MHSA/MPH). Course work must be complete prior to the start of the Fellowship in July 2020.

Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the Fellowship. UW Health does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Fellowship program.

Candidates should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Leadership, independence and initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Self-motivated and teamwork-oriented
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Interest in the management and operation of an academic medical center

Administrative Fellowship

UW Health offers a two-year Administrative Fellowship. This program is designed to cultivate leaders in the field of academic health care by fostering close working relationships with senior leadership while exposing the Fellow to a diverse array of system-level operational activities.

The Fellow will spend two years working with senior leadership teams of the health systems’ enterprise. The two-year program is designed to provide the Fellow with system-level learning through projects focused on the highest strategic initiatives of UW Health, as well as provide experience in day-to-day operations of an academic medical center through rotations and immersion experiences.

Note: We are not accepting applications at this time.

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions about the Administrative Fellowship (pdf)

Contact Information


Health Occupations and Professions Exploration (HOPE) Program

The HOPE Program is a one-day seminar that is designed to offer under-represented groups of high school students the opportunity to learn about a list of more than 40 specific careers in health care with the guidance of a college mentor.

Learn More:
HOPE link
HOPE on Facebook

Currently, the HOPE staff and volunteers offer sessions for students from AVID/TOPS (Boys and Girls Club of Dane County) and students from PEOPLE (supported by UW-Madison). Students work with a college mentor for the duration of a day-long Saturday seminar.

The requirements for serving as a volunteer mentor for HOPE are current enrollment at a college or university, undergraduate or graduate, with any declared major, and willingness to have a background check completed and attend the entirety of one HOPE session. If you are a current college or university student and would like to apply to be a mentor, please fill out this form: HOPE Mentor Application (pdf)

During the sessions, students and their mentors hear from and have a chance to network with speakers from UW Health who are working in health care careers. Students and mentors also take part in hands-on and curricular activities to aid them in becoming familiar with the specific careers available in the health care setting. The HOPE session concludes with the students completing a “road map” into the career in which they are most interested. The “road map” includes mapping out a current academic plan as well as a plan for post-secondary education and training.

After completing a HOPE session, students are eligible to sign up for a free CPR certification course, apply for job shadowing opportunities at UW Health and apply (through their respective community organizations) for summer internships at UW Health.

HOPE faculty and volunteers also provide information and activities for UW Health’s annual Take Our Children to Work Day each spring, the annual Wisconsin Science Festival in October and special career day or speaking engagements on by-request basis from other schools and community organizations throughout Wisconsin.

If you would like to request a HOPE session, career activity or speaker for a school or community organization, please fill out the HOPE Request Form (pdf).

If you would like to support the efforts of the HOPE program financially, you can make a donation to the HOPE program through the University of Wisconsin Foundation. All donations are fully tax-deductable. Checks should be made out to: UW Foundation (HOPE Program) and mailed to:

UW Foundation
Attn: Danielle Kamps
1848 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726

Donations to HOPE aid in purchasing t-shirts, food, transportation and printed materials for the high school students, all of whom demonstrate socio-economic need. Donations to HOPE also make offering HOPE sessions possible for other community organizations who serve under-represented groups.

Summer Internships

Summer internships allow under-represented high school students who complete a session of HOPE to work in clinical or non-clinical areas and alongside UW Health staff working in careers in which they are interested. Summer internships provide an essential experiential learning experience for students hoping to pursue careers in health care. Summer internships also aid UW Health in building a more diverse workforce and organizational cultural competency.

All summer interns will have completed a session of HOPE prior to the start of their internship. For summer interns who do not have the opportunity to complete a session of HOPE during the school year, a special session is offered just prior to the start of the internship. Interns will then be matched with a UW Health department in which employees work in the careers in which the intern expressed interest during their HOPE session.

The placement of summer interns in UW Health facilities will also be subject to the age requirements outlined in the UW Health Non-Physician Observer Policy. Internship hours and duration vary, depending on the organization with which the internship is affiliated. Interns will complete the UW Health onboarding process, including a health assessment, compliance training and attend a new employee orientation session designed for summer interns. Interns are then assigned learning objectives and job duties specific to their internship site. Interns check in regularly with the UW Health Career Pathways and Internship Coordinator, who oversees the internship experience and aids in communicating with both the student and the hosting department manager or director.

UW Health currently works with the following organizations to offer summer internship opportunities to students:

Other community organizations that are interested in requesting summer internship placement for students need to fill out both a request for a HOPE session and complete the Application for Summer Internship Placement (pdf). Students who wish to be considered for a summer internship must apply through their community organization; individual applications will not be considered.

Career Coaching and Inspire Wisconsin

UW Health provides career coaches in more than 40 specific health care careers via a partnership with Inspire Wisconsin. Inspire Wisconsin provides Career Cruising software, which is available to most middle- and high school-aged children attending public schools throughout Wisconsin.

The software allows students to map their way in to various careers in any industry. Career coaches correspond via email with middle and high school students who have questions about the career in which the coach works. Career coaches answer questions about their education and work experience as well as daily duties and schedules in their career. Career coaches are all UW Health employees who have worked for the organization for at least one year and have met other internal organizational requirements. To find out if your student’s school has access to the Career Cruising software, please contact the school directly.

Job Shadowing/Observing at UW Health

UW Health allows students of all ages opportunities to observe work at various locations. In order to apply for observation within any areas providing patient care, a student must be a minimum of 16 years old. Students younger than 16 may only observe in areas not providing patient care. In order to apply to observe, students must meet the requirements outlined in the UW Health Non-Physician Observer Policy and fill out an Observer Application. Supplemental documentation of immunizations, TB skin testing and compliance training also is required. For more information about job shadowing/observing, contact Veronica Cox at (608) 890-5607.

Volunteering at UW Health

UW Health has a large volunteer pool. Volunteers work in many locations throughout the organizations and in many capacities. To find out more about volunteering for UW Health, please visit Volunteer Services.