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We are no longer accepting applications for the for the 2018-19 Administrative Fellowship program. However, please check our website in December 2017 for the 2018-19 UCLA Administrative Internship announcement.
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CURRENT INTERNS

Our current and former Interns have come to UCLA from across the nation and have completed their academic training at a variety of institutions.


Isobel Rosenthal

Isobel Rosenthal, Summer Intern 2017

Isobel Rosenthal joined UCLA Health as the 2017 Summer Intern in Operations. She is currently pursuing her medical degree and business degree (MD/MBA) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Columbia Business School.

During medical school, she helped run a project in St. Vincent working to create alcohol self-help groups, and helping group members use photography to document recovery from alcohol use disorder. Throughout her years in graduate school, she has held leadership positions in many student organizations including the Columbia Healthcare Industry Association, Columbia Health Tech Assembly, Mt. Sinai’s Integrative Medicine Club, and Mt. Sinai’s student-run clinic. Prior to starting her internship at UCLA, she was interning at a healthcare technology company in New York. Isobel received her undergraduate degree from Yale University in History.

 

FORMER INTERNS

With UCLA’s strong alumni base, we can stay connected with former Interns and encourage networking with current participants in the program. Many of our former Interns have gone on to accept positions in major healthcare organizations throughout the U.S.

Elizabeth Colonna

Elizabeth Colonna, Summer Intern 2016

Elizabeth Colonna joined UCLA Health as the 2016 Summer Intern in Operations. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) within the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management program at Columbia Business School. Prior to graduate school, she worked in healthcare consulting for five years as a member of FTI Consulting’s Health Solutions practice. Elizabeth performed data analyses to solve problems and provide litigation support for a variety of clients in the healthcare industry, ranging from large payers to retail pharmacy chains. While at FTI Consulting, she was engaged on a variety of projects that included overhauling a claims data system for a large managed care organization and creating complex SQL models based on state Medicaid generic drug pricing rules. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish and a minor in Sociology.

 


Eve Burstein

Natalie Sutton, Summer Intern 2015

Natalie Sutton joined UCLA Health as the 2015 Summer Intern in Operations. She is pursuing a dual degree in business and public health (MBA/MPH) at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. During the spring of 2015, Natalie interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and developed a business plan for the medical interpreting training program within the hospital’s Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service. Prior to graduate school, Natalie was an Analyst in Strategy & Corporate Development and Investor Relations at ING U.S. (now Voya Financial). She worked alongside senior management on strategic initiatives including the company’s IPO. Prior to that, Natalie was an Investment Banking Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Global Consumer and Retail Group. Originally from North Carolina, Natalie received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

 


Eve Burstein

Eve Burstein, Summer Intern 2014

Eve Burstein joined UCLA Health as the 2014 Summer Intern in Operations. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in business and public health (MBA/MPH) at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health. Before graduate school she spent two years working for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she focused on developing new technology to quantify risk factors for breast cancer. Prior to her research experience she spent two years working in human capital for a hedge fund, both recruiting new employees and developing resources to support the firm during its growth. Eve received her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience.

 

Jay Thaker

Jay Thaker, Summer Intern 2013

Jay Thaker joined UCLA as the Summer 2013 Intern in Operations. His projects centered around improving turnaround time in Interventional Radiology labs, developing a plan to improve the US News and World Report rankings for a pediatric specialty, implementing Lean management techniques in various outpatient clinics, and developing a cardiac catheterization lab model to improve throughput. Jay is currently an MPH candidate in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Jay holds a Master of Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Michigan State University Honors College. Jay has worked as a health economist in the medical device industry, as well as for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.

 

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Oliver Chu, Summer 2012

Oliver Chu is currently a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. He graduated from the dual MBA/MPH program in 2012 from UC Berkeley, concentrating in Health Policy and Management. Oliver holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his MBA/MPH at Berkeley-Haas, Oliver spent a year in Sudan working as an outreach nurse with Doctors Without Borders. Before his time in Sudan, he worked for four years as a Cardiothoracic ICU Nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and has also served in the United States Army as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia. He is originally from Orange County, California.


 

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Jyotsna Somaraju, Summer 2012

Jona Somaraju joined us over the summer as one of the 2012 UCLA Health System Administrative Interns. During her time at UCLA she worked on projects related to reducing readmissions and charge capture for EPIC go-live. She graduated from Rush University in June 2013 with a Masters of Science in Health Systems Management. Jona's thesis topic was "The Feasibility of a Retail Clinic Collaboration for Rush University Medical Center." Jona has worked both in Corporate Finance Budget Decision Support and Medical Affairs at Rush University Medical Center. Beyond her graduate studies, she was a national finalist in the NAHSE Everett V. Fox Case Competition in 2011 (1st place) and 2012 (4th place). She also graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Currently, Jona is pursuing a two year fellowship at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

 

 

 


Abrar Founas
Abrar Founas, Summer 2011

"UCLA truly strives to heal humankind, one patient at a time. Through my unique internship experience, I was able to witness firsthand the level of dedication and commitment of each staff member with whom I crossed paths. UCLA exemplifies what a teaching hospital should be; I felt that physicians, nurses, managers, lean specialists, and senior leadership took a personal stake to ensure that I was learning each step of the way. My internship with Mr. Shannon O’Kelley, COO, has been invaluable and I feel confident that I have the skills necessary to succeed in any position upon graduation."

Abrar is currently an administrative fellow at Beaumont Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her Master's in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan. She received her Bachelor's degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010.

During her internship at UCLA, Abrar's projects included a patient progression model for the General Neurology service, a workflow model for the new BrachyTherapy suite in Radiation Oncology, and extensive planning with Emergency Preparedness for the I-405 freeway closure.


Sandhya Kambhampati
Sandhya Kambhampati, Summer 2011

Sandhya Kambhampati interned with UCLA Health System's Innovation Initiative during the summer of 2011. She is currently in her third and last year of a dual degree MBA/MHSA program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Public Health. Prior to attending graduate school, Sandhya was a Revenue Cycle Analyst for Huron Consulting Group’s healthcare practice. In this position, she worked with health systems to enhance their financial outcomes through process improvements in their billing and collections departments. Before joining Huron, Sandhya accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Malaysia for one year. She graduated with honors from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health. Her honor’s thesis, which presented the effects of thyroid disease on cortisol release during stress response, was published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2008.


Patricia Lin
Patricia Lin, Summer 2011

"My internship at UCLA was an invaluable experience to collaborate directly with senior leadership on high-priority and cutting-edge projects, apply the skills and knowledge gained from my graduate career, and integrate my particular interests in health care administration with my daily work." Patricia joined Kaiser Permanente's Corporate Development Team in June 2012, with a primary concentration on care delivery. As a Summer 2011 intern with the Chief Innovation Officer at UCLA Health, her projects included researching best practices in population health management and managing a project involving multiple hospitals and community-based organizations. Upon completion of her Master's in Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan, she served as an Administrative Fellow with Harvard University Health Services. Trish received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian.

 


Melanie Tan
Melanie Tan, Summer 2010

"At UCLA Health, we truly believe in empowering each and every one of our staff and members to provide the best patient experience. My internship with UCLA Health has certainly expanded my administrative knowledge under the mentorship of outstanding leaders."

Melanie is currently a Healthcare Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and Master's in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. During her internship at UCLA, she was offered multiple opportunities to explore her interests in healthcare administration. She was deeply involved in a variety of projects ranging from patient safety, process improvement, to business planning.




Jenny Jun
Jenny Jun, Summer 2010

"UCLA provides an unparalleled opportunity for anyone entering health care administration. Through the insights and perspectives gained from the wide range of experiences, ranging from senior leadership meetings to hospital rounds to facilitating project teams, I have developed a toolkit that will help me succeed in any position."

Jenny Jun is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Radiation Oncology. She was previously a Specialist with the Performance Excellence Department at UCLA Health during which she implemented Lean process improvement in various departments. Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Dartmouth College and her Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UCLA Health System, Jenny was a recruiter at The Boston Consulting Group and an Assistant Director of Admission at Vassar College.



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Samantha Cao, Summer 2009

Samantha served as the Administrative Intern in 2009. After the internship, Samantha returned to UCLA in 2010 as a Project Manager for Hospital Operations where she implemented an electronic medical record system for Hematology-Oncology and worked on several other health information technology projects. Currently, Samantha is a project manager for the Faculty Practice Group Ambulatory Operations, overseeing the rollout of UCLA Health’s patient portal, myUCLAhealth. Samantha received her Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Management from California State University, Los Angeles.


Laura Brandsen Yost
Laura Brandsen Yost, Summer 2008


"My internship at UCLA Health System provided me with a wonderful opportunity to learn about various areas of the hospital, to lead projects aligned with my specific goals and interests, and to develop relationships with senior leaders. The practical experience and guidance from leadership during my internship helped me to be successful after graduation."


Laura began her career at UCLA as the Administrative Intern during the summer of 2008. After completing graduate school, she returned to UCLA to work as a Specialist in the Performance Excellence department. In this role she focused on facilitating lean performance improvement efforts across the Health System. After that, Laura worked as Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for the UCLA Health System. She currently works as Executive Director , Clinical Service.  In this role she is responsible for UCLA's Transplant, Heart, Vascular, and Cancer Service lines.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from DePauw University, followed by her Master's in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.


Melanie Gideon
Melanie Gideon, Summer 2007

"There is nothing more rewarding than being able to tell a patient they are in the best hands they could be in and truly believing that down to your core."

Melanie graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, minors in both Public Health and Psychology, and a concentration in Pre-optometry. She received her Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in 2008, and was the first administrative intern for the Health System’s Chief Operating Officer at UCLA. As an administrative intern, her primary focus was performance and quality improvement initiatives in operations management for UCLA Health System’s Bowyer Oncology Department. Currently as the Program Manager for Operation Mend, Melanie leads a multidisciplinary team that includes administrative staff, physicians and clinical support teams, as well as various support services throughout the health system.

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