Returning Students: How to Apply

Note: The application process for the 2016 High School Volunteer Summer Program is closed. Check back in December 2016 for application information and other details about the 2017 program.

Mayo Clinic's High School Volunteer Summer Program provides high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 with opportunities to volunteer in both a clinic and hospital setting. The 2016 program runs from Monday, June 6, through Friday, Aug. 5.

If you participated in Mayo Clinic's summer program in the previous year, you are invited to apply for the next year's program if you meet program requirements.

Student volunteers must be available to volunteer during regular business hours (Monday through Friday) and are allotted one weekly four-hour shift. Additional shifts may be added as scheduling allows and at the discretion of the Volunteer Services department. Volunteers may not serve more than 12 hours a week.

The purpose of the High School Volunteer Summer Program is to provide service to Mayo Clinic employees and ultimately to Mayo Clinic patients. Other than the educational activities organized by Volunteer Services, participants in the High School Volunteer Summer Program are not permitted to engage in shadowing or observing of Mayo Clinic staff.


Returning students eligible to reapply must:

  • Have not yet started college
  • Be committed to a minimum of eight weeks of service between June 6 and Aug. 5, 2016

Ineligible to reapply are students who:

  • Are currently attending college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent for more than one week between June 6 and Aug. 5, 2016
  • Are not able to attend the three-hour orientation session on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Application process

  • Complete the application form and return it by mail or email to Volunteer Services. Applications for readmittance into the next High School Volunteer Summer Program will be accepted by Volunteer Services through March 11, 2016. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement into the program.
  • If accepted into the program, you will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to attend the orientation session on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

After orientation

  • Complete the one-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test (no charge). This will require a follow-up visit to the Occupational Medicine department on Monday, May 2, 2016.
  • Complete the required post-orientation paperwork.
  • Attend a mandatory service area training session on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

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 summer program, a letter of verification will be provided to you that states the period of time you volunteered, the total number of hours 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 you a recommendation letter.