Young Volunteers

Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers rounding up wheelchairs

The Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers Program provides opportunities in both clinic and hospital settings. The program is open to students ages 14 to 18. This program is extremely competitive, so not all students who apply and interview will be accepted.


  • You must be able to commit to a regularly scheduled weekday shift for a minimum of one year.
  • A leave of absence may be arranged to accommodate participation in school or personal activities, but cannot exceed a total of 20 weeks a year.
  • Shifts are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

If you have questions about the requirements or general questions related to volunteering, email or call 507-255-9912.

Application process

  • Online application. The online application is currently closed. The application is only available during the time frames listed below.

Application deadlines
Application submission and review Volunteer orientation
July 15-Aug. 1 Closed — the Young Volunteers Program is currently at capacity and will not be accepting applications during open enrollment for fall. Please check back in October.
Oct. 15-Dec. 1 January
Feb. 15-April 1 May

Mayo Clinic Volunteer Programs will contact you after your application is reviewed. If selected, you will complete an interview with a volunteer coordinator. If accepted into the program, these additional requirements must be met before volunteering:

  • Passing a background check
  • Completing an immunization review
  • Attending new volunteer orientation
  • Completing the volunteer training program