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 7-9 grade range with potential to GS 11.
- 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.
Candidates must possess a degree in a major field of study in hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration that is recognized by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.