Healthcare Management Internship

The internship experience supervised through Pacific University is meticulously designed to provide you with opportunities for professional growth and development as a healthcare manager. Our internship program encourages you to find new healthcare management centered opportunities at your current workplace. You are on the job, in familiar settings, exploring a new career path. If it is your goal to move up in your current organization, the internship experience can be a 120 hour job training experience, if that suits your professional goals! The internship is a time for you to safely explore other career paths outside of your current workplace, too. Employers want to know that you are able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to the ever-changing healthcare environment; use your internship experience to show potential employers you are ready to take on new challenges.

The faculty in the Bachelor of Health Science program will help guide you through the process of identifying, managing, and completing your internship at either your current workplace or in a different healthcare setting that could lead to new career opportunities upon graduation.  

Internship Expectations

Although your individual goals around internship may vary, we expect all students to:

  • Work on communication, marketing, research, administrative and other projects that both help you grow as a professional and meet the needs of the organization with which you are interning
  • Work with your preceptor and the program director to ensure you are meeting the needs of the internship site and Pacific's graduation requirements
  • Be intrinsically motivated to succeed
  • Possess strong self-management skills
  • Respond positively to performance and instructional feedback
  • Find purpose, motivation and career inspiration through servant leadership

Pre-Internship Requirements

All students in the BHS program must complete or have evidence of the following:

  • Immunizations (cost varies based on insurance coverage)*
  • Criminal Background Check (approximately $120)
  • Drug Screening (approximately $30)**
  • Current CPR/BLS certification**

*Students who participate in an on-site internship are required to submit evidence of having received the required immunizations and screenings.  The cost for these immunizations and screenings is dependent on the student's medical provider and health insurance.

**Students who participate in an on-site internship may be required to complete a 10-panel drug screen and obtain current CPR/BLS certification, depending on the requirements of the specific internship site.

The costs associated with immunizations, criminal background check, and drug screenings are the responsibility of the student and are dependent on health insurance coverage (immunizations) and number of residences (background check). Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership utilizes the centralized Background Check and Drug Testing service through Certiphi Screening Inc. Certiphi Screening, Inc. provides background investigations, drug testing and immunization tracking services to higher education institutions across the country. If you have questions about a screening, please use the following contact information:

800-803-9582 |

Required Trainings

Pacific University will also provide free training through BlueVolt in:

  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Universal Precautions
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


The School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership, along with many experiential sites, requires students to receive CDC recommended vaccinations. All required immunizations and screenings must be updated as necessary in order to continue enrollment in the program at Pacific University. It is the student's responsibility to complete their vaccinations, screenings and titers and to upload copies of their immunization documentation to Pacific University's immunization tracking system which is called myRecordTracker (mRT). This service is paid for by the student and the cost is $2.15 per item to upload documentation to Certiphi Screening's myRecordTracker site. Failure to comply with this university policy can affect your admission, enrollment or ability to continue in the BHS program at Pacific University.

Immunizations Required for Enrollment in the BHS Program

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine series or titers

Immunizations Required for On-site Internships

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine series or titers
  • A Two-Step TST or Mantoux, QuantiFERON-TB Gold or Tspot test for Tuberculosis
  • Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) or Varicella Titer
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) 
  • COVID-19 vaccine series and COVID-19 booster shot