Note: We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2015. Visit our website in December for details of the 2016 program.

Mayo Clinic's 2015 Young 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 program runs from Monday, June 1, through Friday, July 31.

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

Student volunteers may request a letter of reference upon completion of 100 hours of service.

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

Who should apply

Eligible students must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old as of May 1, 2015
  • Have not yet started college
  • Be committed to a minimum of eight weeks of service between June 1 and July 31, 2015

Who should not apply

Students are ineligible if they:

  • Are under the age of 15
  • Have already started college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent for more than one week between June 1 and July 31, 2015
  • Are not able to attend the interview and/or orientation sessions


  • Provide a current copy of your immunization records
  • Complete all application documents, including an essay of between 500 and 700 words that describes two of your strengths and talents that you would bring to Mayo Clinic

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Returning students

Students who participated in the 2014 Young Volunteer Summer Program should visit the Returning Students page for application details.

Application process

  • Parents/guardians (and student volunteers, if available) are required to attend one mandatory information session on one of these dates:

    • Thursday, Jan. 22, 6-7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6-7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 14, 9-10 a.m.

    Sessions will take place at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix (5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054). Application forms will be available only at these sessions. Contact Volunteer Services at to reserve a space.

  • Applications for the 2015 summer program will be accepted by Volunteer Services from Jan. 23 through March 13, 2015, on a first-come screening process. The sooner you submit your completed application, the better chance you have of securing a spot in the program.
  • 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 25, 2015.
  • If accepted into the program, you will receive information about attending a general orientation session, which is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Complete the two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test (no charge), which will require a follow-up visit to the Occupational Medicine department on Monday, May 11, 2015. A positive result may require additional blood work.

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