Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP): Interns/Recent Graduates

Man sitting with bookVeterans Health Administration's (VHA) Interns/Recent Graduates Program under the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) supplements the teaching component of health services administration graduate programs. ​Opportunities are provided to interns or recent graduates to apply knowledge gained through coursework.

Through this program, VA provides in-hospital experiences for students who are receiving or who have just received master's degrees such as Master of Health Care Administration (MHA), Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or Master of Business Administration (MBA). MBA and MPA candidates must have had coursework in health care administration to qualify. The 12-month program is offered at the GS 9-11 grade range.​​​​​​​​​​

Eligibility Requirements

The program offers two types of administrative training positions:
  • Interns – Graduate students who have completed the instructional portion of their accredited graduate program, are in the second year of their master's program, and are seeking practical experience for up to 12 months prior to receiving their degree.​
  • Recent Graduates – Graduates who have completed a master's degree from a qualifying educational program within the last 2 years of their degree, up to 6 years for Veterans, and who are seeking advanced practical experience up to 12 months.


To qualify, your master's program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), or the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

General Training and Developmental Experiences

​​Interns or recent graduates receive a salary, benefits, training, and travel. Training is provided by experienced VA professionals, known as preceptors.

Application Process

Candidates should review USAJOBS (keyword search: GHATP) for currently-open positions seeking qualified applicants. Each VA medical center will announce their available positions via USAJOBS. Every applicant must apply directly through USAJOBS. Typically, recruitment begins in December and can run through the end of May. 

Program Information


Contact Information:
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Program Size:
VA sponsored 43 employees in 2013 and 52 employees in 2012 through the GHATP Interns/Recent Graduates Program.

Current Career Fields:
Health care administration professionals

After Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the training program, interns or recent graduates are eligible for placement in a position within the VA health care system. Preceptors work with interns and recent graduates to find a position that best fits their skills, needs, and circumstances.