The Administrative Fellowship at Sheppard Pratt is a 12-month program for those who have completed the coursework for their master’s degree. Sheppard Pratt is the nation’s largest, private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, special education, developmental disability, and social services. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 Psychiatric Hospital for more than 30 years, Sheppard Pratt is unparalleled in the quality of its services and the range of its expertise across more than 160 programs in 380 sites of care. 

This paid training program offers fellows the opportunity to work across the entire organization including hospitals, community and residential services and schools. The administrative fellowship provides an opportunity to develop work experience and build on knowledge gained in graduate coursework. The fellowship begins with an orientation to the strategic and operational priorities of the organization. The fellow then applies their background, interests, and experience to contribute to the system while gaining an in-depth understanding of its many components. Time is generally divided between work in strategy and operations with opportunities to work in a variety of care settings and departments. While working in the fellowship, the fellow also has the opportunity to shadow in clinical and operational departments and may gain supervisory experience. The fellow earns their Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt while completing their project work. This program starts annually in June. 

Sheppard Pratt Administrative Fellowship Program Requirements: 

  • Required Master’s Degree (MHA, MBA, MHSA, MPH, or other related fields). Candidates who are on schedule to receive a master’s degree upon completion of a fellowship are also eligible. Degree conferral is not required for this position. 
  • Relevant healthcare industry experience such as prior work experience, internship, externship, etc. 
  • Candidates receiving a master’s degree from a graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) are preferred. 

Application Information

  • Applications for the fellowship will open in early fall for the next fellowship cycle. Please return to this page for more information.

Current and Former Fellows

  • Alex Thorp

    Administrative Fellow, 2022 - 23 | University of Iowa
  • Madeline Frazer

    Administrative Fellow, 2021-22 | The George Washington University

Examples of Projects