Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship

The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship is a one-year project-based program that selects up to five fellows each year. It is designed to provide the fellow with broad knowledge of corporate operations and strategic planning. Under the guidance of their preceptor, fellows gain substantial experience and exposure to diverse divisions, departments and cross-functional teams throughout the organization.

Specifically, fellows will each lead a large system-wide project that advances Atrium Health's mission and vision; is anchored in our strategic priorities and impacts the continuum of health and care. Ample opportunity will be available for fellows to be active participants in other projects and initiatives as determined. In addition, fellows will be encouraged to pursue their interests in operations, strategy, finance, quality and/or other areas of healthcare.

Program History

For over 40 years, Atrium health has participated in offering administrative fellowships. The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship is focused on health system operations. Our system-based program provides a robust experience of challenging work in critical areas across Atrium Health that will support growth and development of the fellows as they begin a career in healthcare leadership and administration.

Program History

For over 40 years, Atrium health has participated in offering administrative fellowships. The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship is focused on health system operations. Our system-based program provides a robust experience of challenging work in critical areas across Atrium Health that will support growth and development of the fellows as they begin a career in healthcare leadership and administration.

What are the benefits of the Fellowship Program?

The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship Program at Atrium Health has created a framework that is both structured and flexible. Key objectives are to match project-based work that advances our mission and vision with the fellow's interests to provide for a mutually beneficial relationship. These qualities include but are not limited to:

  • Strong commitment from executive leadership and paired preceptor(s) assigned to each fellow
  • Lead a large system-wide project that advances system strategy
  • Availability of system and local opportunities to advance growth and development
  • Strong desire to retain former fellows for full-time employment

How to Apply

Class of 2020-2021 Requirements to Apply:

  • Applicants must be a recent graduate within one year prior to the start of the fellowship (July 2020)
  • Eligible applicants are graduates from a master’s-level program in healthcare administration, business administration, public health, nursing administration or an equivalent level program from a nationally accredited program and institution of higher learning.  

Important Dates:

  • June 1, 2019: Application process opens on ACHE website (should be a link to ACHE)
  • September 13: Application Deadline
  • October: Phone Interviews
  • October: On-site interviews
  • November: Offers extended
  • Program Start Date: June 29, 2020 (Class of 2020-2021)

To be considered, you must complete the following steps:

  1. ‚ÄčComplete a candidate profile and submit your resume
  2. Upload all required application materials outlined below

Application Materials:

  • Official undergraduate & unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation: Professional and Academic
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Personal Statement of professional goals and interests in pursuing the Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship Program (1 page, single spaced)
    • Your personal statement should be uploaded to the 'supporting documentation' section.

Please submit your application by September 13. Current Atrium Health teammates should apply via PeopleLink.

Hear what previous Fellows have to say:

Kelsey Biehler, MHA

Fellowship: 2018-2019
What she does now: Current Administrative Fellow

Central Division, Atrium Health

“This fellowship has been everything I expected and more. The leadership teams across the organization have been nothing but welcoming. I’m extremely grateful for the mentorship and invaluable conversations I’ve been a part of with leaders who are impacting care across our system at Atrium Health.” 

Brian Middleton, MHA

Fellowship: 2003-2004
What he does now: Vice President of Operations

Musculoskeletal Institute, Atrium Health

“My administrative fellowship was an incredible opportunity to learn and network within the organization. The ability to learn in such a complex and diverse organization has been foundational in my growth and development. I have been truly blessed to have responsibility across multiple areas and learn from such wonderful teammates!”

Ben Tingey, MHA

Fellowship: 2013-2014
What he does now: Manager of Innovation

Innovation Engine, Atrium Health

“My Fellowship experience has proven invaluable to my career growth and development. It was the ideal blend of accelerated learning, project accountability, and relationship building. I’m very grateful for the investment Atrium Health has made in the Fellowship program.”

Collin Lane, MHA

Fellowship: 2004-2005
What he does now: Senior Vice President

Continuing Care Management & Facilities Management

"The Fellowship was instrumental in serving as a launch pad for my career, building networks and relationships with people I’ve continued to work with throughout my years here. It created an opportunity for project work that you typically wouldn’t have access to starting out in a new job, so I was able to hit the ground running."

Peter Hiltz, MHA

Fellowship: 2009-2010
What he does now: Vice President

Carolinas Physician Alliance, Atrium Health

"The Administrative Fellowship experience was absolutely pivotal to my career.  The opportunities afforded me during my fellowship at Atrium Health opened many doors through opportunities to build relationships and contribute to meaningful work.  Atrium Health has a culture that values continuous learning which is an important aspect of a good fellowship experience and throughout your career."

Nisha Pasupuleti, JD, MHA

Fellowship: 2015-2017
What she does now: Senior Management Company Associate

Population Health, Atrium Health

"My Administrative fellowship years have been an invaluable experience for my career. The fellowships provided focused mentorship, meaningful work, and a culture of learning that I still utilize to this day!"

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How many fellows are recruited each year?
A. The number of fellows varies from year to year. On average, Atrium Health recruits between two to five fellows annually.

Q. How does the application/interview process work?
A. Candidates who are chosen to advance will be interviewed via phone with past and current fellows. A small number of candidates will be invited on-site to interview with the executive team. 

Q. When will candidates be notified?
A. The final candidates will be notified within one week of final interviews

Q. When does the fellowship begin?
A. The start date for the fellowship is June 29, 2020. 

Q. Is this a full-time, benefits-eligible, paid position?
A. The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship at Atrium Health offers each fellow a competitive salary and benefits package. Fellows are considered fulltime teammates.

Q. How are fellows oriented to Atrium Health?
A. The initial six-week phase of the Fellowship consists of working directly with the preceptor to educate and orient the Fellow to the functions and structure of the organization. The Preceptor and Fellow will level set expectations within the program, discuss interests, and clearly define their project assignment(s). The Fellow will use their remaining appointment to focus on their assigned projects and their interests and growth opportunities.  

Q. What opportunities are available with Atrium Health after the fellowship?
A. Since retention is a key goal, fellows meet quarterly with Talent Acquisition and the Assistant Vice President of Career Development to ascertain career interests, performance and competency strengths. During this time, Talent Acquisition works actively with the fellow to identify career opportunities for each fellow within Atrium Health.

Q. Can I contact the current fellow for additional questions?
A. The current fellow is Kelsey Biehler. Atrium Health welcomes applicants to contact the Administrative Fellow for questions or feedback.