Professional Development

The UW Master of Health Administration program is strongly committed to the career development of its students, and we offer a variety of programs and services to help prepare you for a career in health administration.

Professional Development Services and Workshops

The MHA program has a dedicated professional development specialist who is available to meet with you anytime to discuss your career goals, help you explore career paths, connect you with a mentor and more. Periodically, the specialist also offers professional development workshops on topics such as developing your resume and interviewing skills.

You can reach the professional development specialist by phone at 206-616-2978 or by email.


Internships are an extremely valuable means of focusing your career plans and establishing connections in the job market. They provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to a professional setting.

MHA students are required to complete a full-time internship position during the summer between years one and two of the program. You will work in a health services organization, under the supervision of a member of that organization.

Securing an internship is a competitive process. But with our decades-long service to our local health care communities, the UW MHA program is unique in its ability to cultivate valuable internship opportunities locally and throughout the greater Puget Sound region.

Health care organizations begin posting summer internship openings as early as winter quarter. A broad range of opportunities are available in the Seattle area, and we work with you to identify an opportunity that fits your interests and career goals. Additionally, health care organizations around the country offer summer internships that students are welcome to pursue.

Some recent internship placements include:

  • Capital Medical Center
  • CHI Franciscan Health
  • CHI-Denver
  • Cigna
  • Confluence Health
  • Duke University Hospital
  • EvergreenHealth
  • Group Health
  • HealthPoint
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • King County MOMs Plus
  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Neighborcare Health
  • Overlake Medical Center
  • Pacific Medical Centers
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Centralia Hospital
  • Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
  • Summit Pacific Medical Center
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
  • The Polyclinic
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • UW Neighborhood Clinic, Northgate
  • UWMC Planning and Referral Development
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Yakima Children's Village
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

To learn about our internship policies, see MHA Policies and Resources.

Mentor Program

The UW MHA mentor program offers students the benefit of professional mentoring from Seattle-area health care administration professionals. A mentor can provide career guidance, enhance your professional network and develop into a lifelong professional and personal connection.

Our mentor committee identifies professionals from the local health administration community to serve as mentors and role models. In their first year, students request a mentor from the pool of available mentors.

Faculty Advising

Incoming students are assigned to a faculty adviser who will provide guidance throughout the program. You and your adviser will establish advising objectives, decide on advising topics and determine the frequency of meetings. Advising topics might include course selection, applying for internships, options for independent study and career development opportunities.

Networking Opportunities

We place a high priority on helping you build strong networking skills and your own set of professional contacts. During your time in the program, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with local and national health care executives through a variety of different events, including seminars with visiting speakers, alumni panels and brown bag sessions. These activities include informal opportunities to learn about various health care positions and career paths.

One of the most beneficial parts of the program is the internship. The MHA program has really great connections with different hospitals and primary care clinics and health centers around this region. The internship helped me grow my leadership skills. My preceptor [and I] had one on one meetings every week and she pointed me towards what I needed to do to become a better leader.

Jennifer Thomas, MHA, 2013
Administrative Fellow, MultiCare Health System