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Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente’s founding principles of partnership, integration, and prevention have been central to our success for more than 70 years.

Today, we continue to thrive through the fundamental and unique partnerships within our organization: the physician and patient relationship, the collaboration between labor and management, and the shared leadership by the health plan and the medical groups. We take pride in our distinctive ability to link clinical research to improved care delivery, invest in the communities we serve, and coordinate care across inpatient, outpatient, and ancillary services.

We are committed to leadership development to continue our success.

The Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship program seeks talented masters-trained individuals who are passionate about health care operations and who want to develop their management skills and leadership potential in a dynamic and unique environment. The Administrative Fellowship program is designed to:

  • Identify and foster promising candidates for management and future leadership positions within Kaiser Permanente.
  • Provide Administrative Fellows with an educational, interactive, and enriching experience that will contribute to their professional development, as well as to their understanding of Kaiser Permanente.
  • Create opportunities for Administrative Fellows to enhance skills in project development, strategic implementation, and operations management.

The Administrative Fellowship program allows for learning opportunities through its rotation structure at both the professional and personal level.

Most fellows will experience a balance of project and operational work, with an emphasis on health care operations. Learning opportunities include:

  • Hospital and Outpatient Operations
  • Strategic and Market Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Financial and Analytical Performance
  • Project Management

The Administrative Fellowship begins each summer.


As a fellow, you will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, and accrue both vacation and sick leave. In addition, your dependents are eligible for full medical and dental benefits. Opportunities to attend internal and external educational conferences are available to current fellows.


Administrative Fellows receive formal mentoring from senior executives, along with informal mentorship through both project and operational work. These relationships form a strong professional network. All incoming fellows also benefit from an outstanding network of Administrative Fellowship alumni who provide excellent support, insight, and guidance.

Duration and Structure

The structure of the Administrative Fellowship program is rotational and operationally focused, with each rotation ranging from 6 to 8 months, depending on the region. The entire program lasts 12 to 24 months, again depending on the region.

During the medical center rotations, fellows interact with Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospital/Health Plan leaders, managers, and staff. In most cases, fellows are accountable to either Medical Group administrators or Kaiser Foundation Hospital/Health Plan administrators.

Northern California offers a 12-month fellowship focused on health care operations with two 6-month rotations at a medical center. There is an option for an additional corporate rotation in the regional offices at the end of the 12-month period. Northern California typically accepts 3 fellows per year.

Southern California offers a 24-month fellowship that includes three 8-month rotations: two at a medical center (choice of inpatient or outpatient setting) and one at the regional offices. Fellows are placed in their first rotation by the organization, but fellows generally choose their location for the second and third rotations. Southern California typically accepts 6 fellows per year.

Northwest offers a 12-month fellowship that includes a 6-month rotation at the regional offices and a 6-month rotation in hospital operations at the Westside Medical Center or Sunnyside Medical Center. Northwest typically accepts 1 fellow per year.


Academic and Professional Background

The Administrative Fellowship program accepts all academic backgrounds in health care administration, typically MHA, MPH, or MBA. The Southern California Region also actively seeks MSN, PhD, or DNP degrees, and the Northwest Region actively seeks PhD, or JD degrees.

Prior work experience is not a requirement. Past fellows’ work experience ranges from summer residencies to several years in the workforce.


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