Becoming a Volunteer

Adult volunteers

Photo of Mayo Clinic volunteer talking with patients

Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old, including college students.

  • Complete and submit an application. Once received, our volunteer coordinator will call you for an interview.
  • A background check and TB screening will be performed at no cost to you.
  • You will receive a volunteer handbook and other required education materials to read, after which you'll sign a confirmation of understanding and compliance documents that will be kept on file.
  • You will purchase a uniform ($20 to $85, depending on the service area).
  • A photo ID badge and parking decal will be issued.
  • All volunteers must attend a group orientation within three months of their start date.
  • One-on-one skill training in your assigned service area will be provided. You may train as often and as long as is necessary for you to be comfortable in your role.
  • This multistep orientation will conclude in three months with a meeting with the director of Volunteer Services.
  • Most volunteers work at least one four-hour shift a week, depending on the service area.
  • You may be asked to secure a substitute should you be absent. If so, you will be provided a list of substitutes trained in your service area.

Teen volunteers

Photo of Mayo Clinic teen volunteer folding sheets

This is a summer program for teens from age 15 through the time they graduate from high school.

  • Only local teens may participate due to pre-summer communications and orientation.
  • You must have your own transportation. A parking decal will be issued if you are driving.
  • Applications are accepted beginning Jan. 2 for the upcoming summer.
  • If accepted, three letters of recommendation from a nonrelated teacher, pastor or other group leader is required in lieu of an electronic background check.
  • You must purchase a volunteer shirt ($20).
  • Group orientation attendance with one parent or guardian is required prior to your start date. At least one parent or guardian will need to co-sign all required paperwork.
  • Only one absence is permitted over the summer to be eligible for subsequent years.
  • Teens who have satisfactorily completed a full summer and home-schooled students may volunteer year-round.