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The Good Samaritan Society Administrator in Training (AIT) program


It is The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society's strong desire to ensure that each location is led by an administrator who possesses not only excellent management skills, but who can also serve with both compassion and spiritual leadership.


In order to find talented people with these qualities, the Society began an administrative internship program in the early 1970s. Since that time, the program has continued to expand and has received the highest recommendations from state licensure boards throughout the United States.


The Society internship lasts between 6 to 9 months at an internship site selected from among our approved internship locations throughout the country. The intern is both a student and an employee of the Society, engaged as an "apprentice" in the Administrator In Training (AIT) program to grow and develop as a professional.


The focuses of the internship experience are both clinical experience in a senior care and living services environment and intensive classroom instruction. The intern is exposed to general senior care topics; federal and state regulations; and specific Society philosophies, policies and procedures.


The internship is completed under the guidance of a licensed and experienced preceptor, with the Society's director of talent management providing overall direction for the program. Upon successful completion of the internship, the intern is assigned to a Society location as an administrator.


Internship training:
The intern will complete approximately 1,000 scheduled hours of on-site activities at the selected training site. Included are these components:


  • General administration
  • Business office
  • Financial management
  • Health information management
  • Human resources
  • Staff development
  • Corporate compliance
  • Procurement/inventory
  • Project development
  • Strategic and operational planning
  • Public policy
  • Spiritual leadership and mission effectiveness
  • Rehabilitation and skilled care services
  • Senior living services
  • Home- and community-based services
  • Learning leadership
  • Environmental services
  • Resource development
  • Quality assurance and quality improvement
  • Risk management


In each area, the intern will complete required tasks and reading assignments with the opportunity for evaluation and feedback. The overall goal is to provide a broad base of knowledge about the location's operation, which will help the intern develop his or her unique style of leadership.   In addition, during this time, you will build relationships and connections with your cohort group and prepare for transition into this leadership role.

*Interns are expected to be able to successfully pass the N.A.B. on/around the 6th month in the program. 


Stipend and benefits:
Society interns are considered employees of the Society and receive a stipend of at least $600/week. In addition, they receive a complete benefit package including life insurance, major medical/dental insurance, disability insurance, travel insurance, pension and paid time off after 60 days of employment starting the first of the next month.   Relocation assistance is for the AIT placement and the Administrator placement.

Internship qualifications:
Persons applying to participate in the Society's internship program must meet these prerequisites:


  • A bachelor's degree/ Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Preference given to Health Administration Degree with emphasis in Gerontology. Or NAB accredited program.
  • Coursework consisting of the following 8 long-term care courses or related experience in long-term care in the following areas:


  1. Organizational management which covers management functions of planning and objective setting, organizing delegating, and responding to and evaluating outcomes.  
  2. Managerial Accounting (beyond introductory accounting) covering budgeting and fiscal resource allocation; and interpreting financial information to monitor reimbursement and financial performance in making managerial decisions. 
  3. Gerontology. The physical, social and psychological aspects of the aging process; and programs and services designed to meet the needs of the aged population.
  4. Health care and medical needs covering differentiation between the aging process and the disease process. In addition common conditions, issues, diseases, illnesses, disabilities, and treatments of nursing facility residents including dementia; AIDS; pressure sores; infections; mobility, falls, and restraints; incontinence and constipation; sensory impairments; depression; nutrition; health care system induced medical problems; drug use; and end-of-life pain management; and medical and pharmacological terminology.
  5. Nursing facility services, programs and issues covering the organization, operations, functions, services and programs of nursing facilities covering:  governing and oversight bodies and their relationship to the administrator.  Administrative responsibilities and structures, facility departmental structures, roles of professional and non-professional staff, and cultural diversity in health care practice.
  6. Human Resources Management covering Staffing, hiring practices, compensation and benefits, performance management, training and development, labor relations and employment law.
  7. Regulatory Management covering the legal, regulatory and funding provisions and requirements governing operation of nursing facilities and health care programs.  Also includes resident rights, ethics, advance directives, guardianship and conservatorship, state and federal compliance standards and regulations, Quality assessment and assurance, measurements of clinical and resident-satisfaction perspectives.
  8. Quality Improvement and Information/Data related to  accumulation and analysis of data to inform management decision making including the strategic uses of data and information; data accumulation, storage, integration from multiple sources, manipulation, and presentation; needs assessment and analysis methodologies; and measures, analysis, and assessment of outcomes including customer satisfaction and quality improvement.


    • Experience working, volunteering, interning in a Long-term Care/ SNF environment.
    • Strong desire to serve seniors within a Christian framework
    • Ability to and willingness to relocate to any of the Good Samaritan Society locations in 24 states
    • Active membership in a mainline Christian church
    • Practicum for college credit of approximately 400 hours (preferred for potential licensure in MN).


    The application process:
    The Society accepts applications for the AIT program on an intermittent basis. The next application period will be Jan. 18–March 18, 2016. Anticipated cohort group start will be late summer 2016.


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