Administrative Fellowship Program at Connecticut Children’s

About the Program

The Connecticut Children’s Administrative Fellowship Program is a 12-month, post-graduate program tailored to recent MSHA, MHA, MPH, and MBA graduates. The program is designed to grow and develop the next generation of healthcare leaders by offering limitless exposure to all aspects of operating in a pediatric health care network.


Why Connecticut Children’s

Ranked by U.S News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation, Connecticut Children’s is a non-profit hospital and it is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Connecticut. Read our Mission, Vision, and Values.

Our Administrative Fellowship program provides hands-on specialized experience in a variety of settings, including the hospital, specialty care group, and ambulatory clinics. Future leaders will have access to key decision making processes through interaction and observation at Leadership, Community, and Board of Directors meetings. To ensure a meaningful experience, fellows will work directly under the guidance of the CEO, James E. Shmerling, who will serve as the Executive Sponsor. The fellow will also have the support of project sponsors and mentors throughout the fellowship. Fellows will gain valuable mentorship and professional growth while actively participating in operational, financial, and strategy based work.


Program Structure

The 12-month fellowship program is customized based on the administrative fellows’ specific interests and the organizational initiatives.

Some of the learning opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • Hospital and Ambulatory Operations
  • Finance 
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategy and Care Integration
  • Community and Population Health



Candidates must be:

  • A Recent graduate with a MSHA, MHA, MPH, or MBA with an emphasis in healthcare management from a CAHME accredited program.
  • Have successfully completed all course-work of a CAHME accredited graduate program requiring a fellowship for graduation.


How To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following as a consolidated PDF:

  • Cover Letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation: 1 academic, 1 professional
  • Personal statement (maximum one-page,12 point font, single spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in the Connecticut Children’s Administrative Fellowship Program?
    • What are your short and long term career goals in health care?
    • What do  you want to achieve from the fellowship?

Application materials must be submitted to Laura Marin by October 1st, 2021 with the headline: Connecticut Children’s Administrative Fellowship Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Selection Process

Application Timeline:

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Official Acceptance Date: November 12, 2021
Start Date: June 2022 (date negotiable)

Video interviews will be conducted in October. Final candidates will be invited for interviews with members of the executive management team via video conference.


Information Sessions (Virtual)


Our Fellows

Current Administrative Fellow
Laura Marin, DDS, MHA
University of North Florida

Past Administrative Fellows
Jessica Andry, MSHI, MSHA
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael Salem, MSHA, MBA
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Fellowship a paid position?
The fellow is paid a competitive salary and is considered a full-time employee with a comprehensive benefits package.

How many administrative fellows are accepted each year?
One fellow 

Is work experience required?
No, prior work experience is not required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.


Contact Information

For more information about the Connecticut Children’s Administrative Fellowship Program, please contact our current fellow, Laura Marin, via email.

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