Administrative Fellowship


About the Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides a broad range of health care administration experiences over the course of the 12-month program. The fellow participates in and leads prioritized and challenging enterprise initiatives, an approach intended to help develop marketable project management, analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills. Understanding the importance of professional mentorship, the fellow meets regularly with executive and enterprise-wide leadership. Ultimately, through visible, tangible project work and network development, this fellowship aims to identify promising candidates for future leadership positions within CHLA.

Interested in CHLA’s 2023-2024 Administrative Fellowship? Learn more about CHLA and the fellowship program, and enjoy a Q&A with current and alumni fellows at one of our informational webinars:

Thursday, August 25, 2022 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Join by computer: https://chla.webex.com/meet/igarzalazo
Join by phone: 213-306-3065 Access Code: 2462 206 8307

Learn More

  • Rotation
  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Salary and Benefits
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Skills Required
  • Meet Our Fellows
  • Fellowship Alumni
  • FAQs
  • Administrative Fellowship Webinar

The Fellow reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of CHLA and is supported by the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer who serves as the Fellowship Program Director. The Fellowship offers a rotation-based experience with projects geared towards the Fellow’s areas of interest and the needs of the enterprise. Each rotation has an executive sponsor who will help define projects, create goals, and obtain results over a two-to-three-month period. This structure aims to provide a well-rounded understanding of organizational settings distinct in their challenges and function within CHLA. 

Department rotations may include:

  • Accounting
  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Clinical Operations
  • Clinical Service Lines
  • Community Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Decision Support Services
  • Education Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Foundation & Philanthropy
  • Government Relations
  • Health System Development
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Innovation Studio
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Research Administration
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Strategic Services
  • Supply Chain Management

Understanding the importance of professional mentorship, the Fellow meets regularly with executive and enterprise-wide leadership. Additionally, the Fellow has the opportunity to shadow key leaders of the organization and attend high level executive leadership meetings. The Fellow experiences different managerial and leadership styles to develop an understanding of their own personal style.

The Fellowship is a full-time, salaried position. The compensation and benefits package is market-competitive. Vacation and sick leave accrue as a normal full-time employee.

  • For the program starting in July 2023, applicants must receive or be expected to receive a MHA, MPH, MBA or similar master's degree in a related field of study from an accredited graduate program between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.
  • Prior health care experience is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to communicate professionally, effectively and tactfully in verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Must have strong follow-through, initiative, and the ability to work independently

2022 — 2023 Fellowship

Irene Garza Lazo, MHA

Irene Garza Lazo, MHA

Irene Garza Lazo graduated with a Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Quality & Performance Excellence from Saint Louis University in 2022. In 2018, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. Her career in pediatric health care began as a program specialist with the World Pediatric Project in the International Program team. In her role, she coordinated specialized pediatric surgical brigades and diagnostic teams traveling to Central America and Eastern Caribbean countries to aid in the demand of surgical intervention for children. That work sparked her interest in continuing a career in pediatric health care, with a shift from an international population to domestic. While attending graduate school, Irene was an Administrative Intern at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Vice President of MHA Advocacy for the Student Association of Health Management and Policy, and Treasurer for the American Society for Quality Student Branch Board. Irene also assisted in the development of the Administrative Fellowship Committee supporting prospective Saint Louis University students in the MHA program applying to fellowships. Irene’s desire is to be a part of a pediatric hospital working toward increasing access to quality care. During her time at CHLA, she is looking forward to the variety of rotation opportunities, expanding her knowledge of pediatric health care and learning from leaders in the field.

Aubrey Smith, MHA

Aubrey Smith, MHA

Aubrey Smith, Jr. graduated with a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Georgia in May 2022. In 2019, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a minor in Leadership Studies and a certificate in Social & Personality Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Aubrey was inspired to pursue a career in health care at a young age after accompanying his parents to work at their pediatric primary care practice in Albany, Georgia. Most recently, Aubrey completed an administrative internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where he gained experience analyzing clinical workflows, designing staffing models, supporting equity and inclusion initiatives, and engaging in enterprise and executive-level meetings. His previous professional experiences with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta also played a critical role in shaping his desire to support pediatric health care. While attending graduate school, Aubrey served as President of the UGA Student Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Founder and Social Chair of the MHA Executive Board, and as a graduate laboratory assistant for the Division of Biological Sciences. He also maintained student membership and committee involvement with the Georgia Chapter of ACHE (GAHE) and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. Aubrey’s interests lie in health care administration, consulting and education. He aspires to lead the revolution of health care and to teach future leaders in the field. During his time at CHLA, he looks forward to gaining additional project management experience, further career exploration through rotations and mentorship from seasoned leaders.

2021 — 2022 Fellowship

Janai German, MPH
Naiha Manika, MPH

2020 – 2021 Fellowship

Jennifer Bae, MPH
Danielle Soto, MHA, MA

2019 – 2020 Fellowship

Yael Kessler, RN CPN CCRN MPH
Lisa Rosati, MBA

2018 – 2019 Fellowship

Mina Noohi Mirshafiee, MPH

2017 – 2018 Fellowship

Victoria Ng, MHA
Emma White, MPH

2016 – 2017 Fellowship

Clayton Marshall, MHA
Nahal Sabrkhani, MPH

2015 Fellowship

Leticia Valadez, MBA

CHLA Administrative Fellowship FAQs

Why is CHLA recruiting now for a start date in July. Isn’t it early?

CHLA is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), an organization that is working to improve early-career development opportunities for next-generation health care leaders. As an NCAF member, CHLA is participating in NCAF’s centralized fellowship application process. Members agree to adhere to a standard application as well as timelines for interviews and employment offers.  

For the fellowship year starting in July 2023, the application period is open June 9, 2022, to October 7, 2022. For more information, please visit the NCAF website and review the 2020 NCAF Code of Good Practice.

How do I know if my application is “complete?”  Does my application need to be “verified” to be considered?

You can check your application status in National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). The table below, provided by NCAF, defines each application status. CHLA requires an application to be “complete” for consideration; “verified” status is not required for review, but will be required prior to hire.

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How is the Administrative Fellowship different from an internship or residency?

Interns and residents are typically graduate students who undertake an internship or residency as part of the practical experience towards earning a degree, and are sponsored by a department or division to learn and provide support within that area for variable lengths of time. Fellows have received their graduate degrees, are full-time employees of CHLA for a full fiscal year and rotate in departments throughout the institution.

Is there an application fee? If so, can it be waived?

CHLA participates in the NCAF/NAFCAS centralized application process, which charges a fee to apply. For more information on fees, contact NCAF/NAFCAS directly. 

Is prior health care experience required?

Prior health care experience is preferred but is not required. 

Are internal candidates allowed to apply for the fellowship?

Yes! CHLA encourages internal candidates and current interns/residents to apply for the fellowship.

How many fellows are selected each year?

The Administrative Fellowship currently accommodates up to two fellows per fiscal year.

Do you need work experience to be considered?

No, prior work experience is not required. Although some fellows have had more substantial work experience, this program is designed for early careerists seeking to advance their understanding of hospital administration. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Please join us at one of our informational webinars to learn more about CHLA's Administrative Fellowship Program. For further information or questions, please contact adminfellowship@chla.usc.edu.

How to Apply

CHLA is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), an organization that works to improve early-career development opportunities for next-generation health care leaders. As an NCAF member, CHLA is participating in NCAF’s centralized fellowship application process. Members agree to adhere to a standard application as well as timelines for interviews and employment offers.  

For the fellowship year starting in July 2023, the application period is open June 9, 2022, to October 7, 2022. For more information, please visit the NCAF website and review the 2020 NCAF Code of Good Practice.

Qualified applicants should submit: 

  1. Personal statement (maximum of two double-spaced pages) addressing:
    • Your interest and qualifications for the position, and
    • What you hope to gain and achieve from the fellowship
  2. Resume
  3. Official graduate school transcript (transcripts should be sent directly from your registrar's office to NAFCAS)
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation 
    • One (1) academic 
    • One (1) professional
    • One (1) other (academic, professional or letter from your program director)

We recommend submitting the above materials as a PDF to avoid formatting issues.  

Application materials must be submitted through NAFCAS. Incomplete applications will not be considered.