The Administrative Fellowship at Sheppard Pratt is a one-year training program for healthcare management and administration graduates and students.


The Administrative Fellowship at Sheppard Pratt is a 12-month program for those who have completed the coursework for their master’s degree. This paid training program offers fellows the opportunity to work across the entire organization including in hospitals, communities , consulting and schools, exploring the continuum of mental healthcare in a variety of settings such as inpatient, outpatient, residential, urgent care, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and research. The administrative fellowship provides an opportunity to develop work experience and build on knowledge gained in graduate coursework. The administrative fellowship provides an opportunity to build on knowledge gained in graduate coursework and gain core competencies required to be a successful healthcare leader.


The fellowship begins with an orientation to the different service lines in the system and the strategic and operational priorities of the organization. Then the fellow 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. The fellow also has the opportunity to shadow 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. 

About Sheppard Pratt

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. 


The administrative fellow will report to the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, meeting with them on a regular basis. The CSO will provide ongoing support and guidance to the fellow and work with them to identify areas of interest and potential projects. 

Professional Development Events/Opportunities

The fellows may attend a variety of events hosted by professional organizations. These will include the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress in Chicago, Maryland Hospital Association Membership Meeting, and other professional events held by organizations such the Healthcare Council, Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives, and others in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. Fellows will also participate in leadership development offered by Sheppard Pratt. 

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. 
  • Candidates must be current students in their master's programs and be available to start working full time in June 2025. Candidates may have graduated less than one year prior to the start date (June 2025).
  • The fellowship is primarily in-person at our Towson, MD campus.

Application Materials Required

  • Current Resume
  • Official Graduate Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation: one professional and one academic
  • A personal statement (not exceeding 2 pages) addressing the following:
    • Your qualifications and objectives
    • How a fellowship at Sheppard Pratt would help you achieve your career goals

Please submit these applications in the Documents section on the application. Apply Here.

Application deadline: September 13, 2024, 11 PM. 

Application Timeline

  • Applications Open: Mid-July
  • Application Deadline: September 13, 2024; 11:00 p.m. EST
  • First Round Interviews: September 23-24, 2024  
  • Final Round interviews (in-person or virtual): September 30-October 1  
  • Offer made: October 3 

Current and Former Fellows

  • Abigail Sojka

    Administrative Fellow, ’24-’25
  • Debjani Goswami, MSc

    Administrative Fellow, '23-'24 | Current Position: HRO Transformation Coach, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Alexandra (Alex) Lorang, MHA

    Administrative Fellow, '22-'23 | Current Position: Associate Consultant, Sheppard Pratt Solutions
  • Madeline Frazer, MHA

    Administrative Fellow, '21-'22 | Current Position: Population Health Strategy Consultant, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Examples of Past Projects

  • Care continuum organization for substance use disorder and autism spectrum disorder patients
  • Market and data analyses for consulting clients
  • Lab services and vendor relationship management
  • Business concept proposal for intensive outpatient services for obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Planned and created monthly operational meetings for all service lines
  • Researched best practices for seclusions and restraints
  • Planning and implementation of new supply processes
  • Producing marketing materials for veterans' programs
  • Assisting in planning and executing hospital leadership development events
  • Management of COVID-19 screeners
  • Rental bed management solutions
  • Autism spectrum disorder service line integration
  • Development and launch of new program
  • Creation of Community Health Needs Assessment


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  • July 30, 2024: 12:30-1:15 p.m. EST 
  • August 8, 2024: 12:30-1:15 p.m. EST 
  • August 16, 2024: 12:00-12:45 p.m. EST

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