Administrative Fellowship - Allen Hospital

Administrative Fellowship Overview

As part of a healthcare system that prides itself on furthering education and professional development, the administrative fellowship at UnityPoint Health – Waterloo will provide the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of healthcare executive leadership in a large, progressive health system while collecting meaningful and purposeful project work and experience.

The fellowship follows a one-year term and offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with healthcare related experience.

Fellows can expect to lead and be involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Large capital projects
  • Process improvement initiatives
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Clinical and surgical observations
  • Exposure to hospital and clinic operations
  • Weekly meetings with CEO
  • Weekly senior leadership gatherings and monthly hospital board meetings
  • System networking opportunities
  • Experience with rural hospital partners
  • Work alongside a dedicated administrative fellow preceptor

Application Information

Our 2022 Administrative Fellowship position is currently filled. Please periodically check back to find out more information regarding future fellowship opportunities in Waterloo.

Additional Information

Applicants must have recently received or will have obtained a master's degree in Health Care Administration (MHA) or Business Administration (MBA) at the start of the fellowship. Applicants are expected to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, possess strong financial analysis skills and be self-motivated to take on multiple projects across the health system.
Application Requirements

Applications should be submitted as one PDF document and must include, in order:

  • Current resumé and cover letter
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official graduate school transcript

Application materials should be addressed to "Fellowship Selection Committee" and submitted via email to:


The term of the administrative fellowship will be one year, beginning June 2023. UnityPoint Health – Waterloo offers a competitive compensation package commensurate on healthcare related experience. UnityPoint Health will provide an allowance for one qualified educational conference during the fellowship.


"Both my internship and fellowship at Allen helped accelerate my career in ways that not all individuals experience. At Allen, I was granted a large amount of responsibility dealing with business plans and financial analysis for multi-million-dollar projects, management responsibility and physician engagement. I walked into my internship feeling very unsure of the value I could add, but I left feeling like I had taken an enormous step forward in my development. My fellowship picked up from there and allowed me to quickly accelerate into a director-level position.”

- Steve Slessor, Chief Administrative Officer, Winneshiek Medical Center

"My fellowship at UnityPoint Health – Waterloo allowed a robust educational experience while completing meaningful project work unique to other fellowships. The history of accelerated career development for previous Allen fellows is a strong testament of how much senior leaders value and utilize the skill set of an MHA degree to advance the organization."

- Adam Scherling, CEO/Administrator, Grundy County Memorial Hospital