ASHE Internship Program - Students
Gain work experience and explore new horizons in health care facility management.
Meet Brittany—a Purdue University graduate who majored in Building Construction Management. She began interning in the summer of 2013 at Advocate Health Care in Chicago with a mission to find a worthwhile career path. She found her calling in health care facility management—a field with substantial opportunities for today's young professionals to define and shape the future of the industry.
Through training, gaining new skills, and establishing connections during her internship with ASHE, Brittany received a full-time offer after graduation to work in health care.
Now is your chance to open the door for opportunity. Enter the field of health care facility management through ASHE's internship program.
What Is Health Care Facility Management?
The field of health care facility management offers incredible diversity, challenging and rewarding work, competitive salaries and compensation packages, room for growth and advancement throughout one’s career, and employment opportunities nationwide. Health care facility management is an integral part of patient care—it “keeps the lights on,” ensures medical and commercial equipment is operating at full capacity and optimal performance, provides a safe and secure environment, and designs, builds, and plans for the future.
ASHE’s internship program offers paid internships with hospitals and health organizations in the following disciplines*:
Facility management: management and oversight of all operations of the physical environment (including energy management), fire safety and compliance, and caring for the needs of patients and employees as they relate to the physical plant
Industrial engineering: process and performance improvements; finding efficiencies and increasing quality; applying Six Sigma and Lean management principles in the workplace; and fostering multidisciplinary collaborations for process improvement
Biomedical engineering: planning, pre-purchase evaluation, installation, management and maintenance of medical technology; and training end users and multidisciplinary teams
Planning, design, and construction: managing the design and construction process for hospitals; interfacing with all contractors and vendors; and serving as facility representative on project teams
Safety management: emergency and disaster preparedness, planning, and supervision; oversight of requirements for government institutions and accrediting bodies; patient and employee safety; and physical plant safety issues (may include building security)
Compliance (codes/regulations): management and oversight of multiple regulating institutions’ codes and compliance requirements; monitoring of federal legislation; advocacy efforts for the profession regarding health care building codes and compliance; may include leadership and supervision of system-wide multidisciplinary teams
*Please note that these are general descriptions and that accountabilities overlap among the disciplines. Specific responsibilities and areas of oversight vary from institution to institution.
What Is ASHE's Internship Program?
ASHE helps hospitals and other health care organizations find talented students to intern for their organization. You will apply through ASHE and interview with and work for the hiring organization. ASHE will be there for you throughout the internship term to evaluate your experience and make sure you are getting the best possible value from the program.
Eligibility. Internships are open to juniors and seniors in undergraduate study programs and all levels of graduate students. Those pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in facilities management; mechanical, industrial, environmental, or electrical engineering; construction management; architecture; real estate management; or a related area are encouraged to apply.
Session timing. Full-time positions are available for three- to four-month (or 12- to 15-week) time slots. Most internships take place during summer months, but other opportunities may be arranged.
Compensation. The majority of internships are paid.
Location. Internships are available nationwide. Efforts will be made to pair interns with hospitals or health organizations in their own communities.
Guidance. Interns are assigned a mentor from the host facility, and members of ASHE are also available as a resource.
Training. All ASHE interns will get training through ASHE’s Managing Life Safety (e-learning) and Fundamentals of Health Care Facility Management programs. Interns will also have the opportunity to take select courses from Schneider Electric’s MyEnergy University.
College Credits. College credit may be attainable; check with your academic institution for details.
Who Is ASHE?
ASHE is a professional association for the health care facility management field that provides an abundance of resources for professionals in the industry, including news, education, and networking events. With more than 11,000 professionals, ASHE gives you the opportunity to establish connections and associate yourself with one of the best known and most respected organizations in the field.
While the ASHE internship provides you with the experience you need to further your career, ASHE membership grants you the opportunity to build your professional network, find job openings in the industry, and access news and resources to stay informed.
Student member rates are only $25 a year [learn more >>].
Who's the Ideal Internship Candidate?
If this describes you, you are an ideal candidate for ASHE’s internship program and for working in health care facility management:
- Your major is in engineering, facility management, construction management, safety management, energy management, operations, or another technical field.
- You are dedicated to finding and improving solutions.
- You enjoy a challenge.
- You have great analytic, technical, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
- You have “the caring gene” for working in a healing environment.
Those interested in discovering a new career path in health care facility management are also encouraged to apply. It is never too late to get the experience you need to start a new career in a rewarding industry!