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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 is normally a five- to six-month experience 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. 


Academic coursework:
Concurrent with the on-site training, the intern will (if necessary) complete required coursework at a college or university to fulfill degree or state licensure requirements. The cost of required courses will be borne by the intern.


Stipend and benefits:
Society interns are considered employees of the Society and receive a stipend. In addition, they receive a complete benefit package including life insurance, major medical/dental insurance, disability insurance, travel insurance, pension and paid time off.

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

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Coursework or experience in healthcare, business administration or gerontology desired
  • Strong desire to serve the elderly 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

The application process:
The Society accepts applications for the AIT program on an intermittent basis. The application period is now closed. We will be accepting applications in February 2015.