New College Students: How to Apply

Note: We are no longer accepting new volunteer applications for the 2017 College Student Summer Volunteer Program. Visit our website again in December 2017 for details about our 2018 program.

The purpose of the College Student Summer Volunteer Program is to provide service to Mayo Clinic employees and ultimately to Mayo Clinic patients. While we do not offer opportunities for clinical exposure or shadowing of hospital staff, volunteers do learn about the health care environment through non-patient and patient interaction service assignments.

The 2017 program is an eight-week program that runs from Monday, June 5 through Friday, July 28, 2017.

Applicants must be available to volunteer during regular business hours (Monday through Friday) and are assigned one weekly four-hour shift. This equates to 32 hours of volunteer service during the summer. Additional shifts may be added as space allows and at the discretion of the Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services. Volunteers may not serve more than 12 hours a week.


Students must be available to attend the mandatory interview on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and the orientation on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Eligible to apply are students who are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate college
  • Committed to the eight weeks of service between June 5 and July 28, 2017
  • Able to attend the mandatory interview on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and the orientation on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ineligible to apply are students who:

  • Are under age 18
  • Have not yet started college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent during the eight-week period between June 5 and July 28, 2017
  • Are not able to attend the interview on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and the orientation session on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Application requirements

College student applicants must:

  • Complete all application documents, including an essay of between 500 to 700 words describing two of your strengths and talents that you would bring to Mayo Clinic
  • Attend all mandatory dates
  • Meet all program requirements

Note: Incomplete applications are not accepted.

Application process

College student applicants are required to attend one of the mandatory information sessions. All information sessions are held at Mayo Clinic Hospital on the Phoenix campus.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, 9 to 10 a.m.

Reservations are required in order to attend one of these sessions, and space is limited to 50 applicants per session. Contact Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services by email at to reserve a space.

Applications will only be available at the information sessions.

  • Completed applications for the 2017 College Student Summer Volunteer Program will be accepted on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services office at Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement into the program.
  • Upon submission of a completed application, you may receive a letter in the mail inviting you to attend an interview, which will be held on the morning of Saturday, April 29, 2017.
  • If accepted into the program, you will receive information about attending a mandatory orientation session, which is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 13, 2017.

After orientation

  • Complete the two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test (no charge). This will require a follow-up visit to the Occupational Medicine department on Monday, May 15, 2017. A positive TB test result may require additional bloodwork.
  • Attend a mandatory service area training session on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic or on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital on the Phoenix campus.

Note: Failure to complete both the TB skin test and required paperwork within the designated time frame will result in disqualification from the program.

Verification of hours

Upon successful completion of the student summer program, a letter of verification will be provided to you that states the period of time you volunteered, the total number of hours served and the service area in which you volunteered.

After 100 hours, a letter of recommendation may also be provided to you, but letters are provided only to volunteers who are in good standing based on performance, commitment and work ethic. The decision to provide a letter of recommendation is at the discretion of the volunteer management team. Note that the department is not obligated to write a recommendation letter for you.

Contact Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services.