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Health Services Internship or Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Residency

The internship offers students in Health Administration, Public Health, Worksite Wellness, Gerontology and Long-Term Care Administration the opportunity to apply the theories and skill sets learned in the classroom to the real world of healthcare. The internship is completed under the supervision of a qualified and experienced healthcare professional in the community setting. The chance to observe and share in the knowledge base of those already working in the field offers students a bridge between the academic setting and the work world.

Administrator-in-Training (AIT) residency will complete the necessary requirements for eligibility for Health Facility Administrator licensure in Indiana. This hands-on experience consists of 1040 hours of AIT residency in a long-term care facility, along with USI faculty-led licensure examination preparation. The students will be applying and demonstrating learned knowledge to actual post-acute care situations in the healthcare industry with AIT Preceptor guidance.

All internships are offered in conjunction with Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) guidelines.  For complete information about an Internship or Residency Program in Health Services, please read:

Health Services Internship Handbook - pdf

AIT Residency Handbook - pdf

Pre-requisites for HP480 Internship or GERO 499 (AIT) Residency:

~  Admitted to the Health Services Specialty Program with a 2.75 GPA
~  Successful completion of HP 475 with a grade of C or better and a completed CastleBranch Account 

** Internship Steps Prior to Registering for HP 480 or GERO 499 (AIT)**        

Internships and CastleBranch Deadlines:

Fall Internships

  • Purchase CastleBranch Account: February 1
  • Internship application deadline: April 15 – Click here to apply
  • CastleBranch deadline: July 1

Spring Internships

  • Purchase CastleBranch Account: July 1
  • Internship application deadline: September 15 – Click here to apply
  • CastleBranch deadline: November 1

Summer Internships

  • Purchase CastleBranch Account: December 1
  • Internship application deadline: February 15 – Click here to apply
  • CastleBranch deadline: April 1

** Please Complete the Following Steps **     

1. PURCHASE and COMPLETE your CastleBranch Account at by the deadline dates above. All requirements must show complete prior to course registration of HP 480 or GERO 499 (AIT).

2. CLICK on the link to complete your internship application by the deadline dates above:

Questions?  Please contact:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Dr. Ethel Elkins Elizabeth Buchanan Joy Fein Karla Diekemper
Faculty Sponsor OR Internship Mentor OR Castle Branch Coordinator Instructor of Gerontology
812-461-5490 812-464-1865 812-461-5329 812-465-1170

HP 3012 Orr Center 0074 HP 3001 HP 3093
Ethel Elkins
Dr. Ethel Elkins
Associate Professor of Health Services
Adjunct - Nursing and Health Professions
Contact: 812-461-5490
Health Professions Center 2044

Karla Diekemper
Ms. Karla Diekemper
Instructor in Gerontology
Contact: 812-465-1170
Health Professions Center 3093

Elizabeth Buchanan
Ms. Elizabeth Buchanan
Career Coordinator
Contact: 812-464-1865
Robert D. Orr Center 085

Joy Fein
Mrs. Joy Fein
Senior Administrative Assistant
Contact: 812-461-5329
Health Professions Center 3001


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