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Opened in 2007, the state-of-the-art Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center provides an inclusive wellness experience for Mayo Clinic employees.

Mayo Clinic offers unpaid internships for undergraduate students receiving academic credit in exercise science, health and wellness promotion, and related fields. Interns gain experience at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC) on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

The center encompasses more than 115,000 square feet and incorporates state-of-the-art equipment, programs and services. DAHLC serves all Mayo Clinic employees, students, volunteers, retirees, spouses and same-gender domestic partners. Self-motivated and creative students should apply.

All internships must be a minimum of 12 weeks, but may be increased to meet school requirements.

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center internships

Track 1: Health and Wellness Coach

The Health and Wellness Coach Internship at DAHLC is aimed at providing you with a comprehensive hands-on practical and technical learning experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of all levels of health and wellness programs and services.

Interns have the opportunity to further their educational experience in influencing lifestyle change through a combination of educational opportunities to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices using effective wellness coaching and behavioral change strategies.

Specific hands-on experience may be gained, under close supervision of current staff, in providing comprehensive fitness and wellness evaluations, innovative fitness programming and small group training, one-on-one and small group coaching, and the delivery of comprehensive wellness programs or educational presentations. All work will be performed under close supervision of existing staff to further the educational experience.

Additional domains of learning may include:

  • Implementation and evaluation of wellness programs and services for DAHLC members and prospective members
  • Design, execution and evaluation of safe and effective wellness programs for individuals and groups
  • Opportunities to learn and experience various wellness tests, assessments and evaluations
  • Development and delivery of customized health promotion materials and presentations
  • Delivery of high-quality customer service with confidentiality and compassion
  • Skills to support members in making optimum choices for personal health
  • Skills to establish positive customer relationships through effective communication in one-on-one or group settings

Track 2: Worksite Wellness Coordinator

The Worksite Wellness Coordinator Internship at DAHLC is aimed at providing you with comprehensive hands-on practical and technical experience in administering population health programs to enhance the culture of health in the worksite. Interns can enhance their professional development and gain hands-on experience in innovative wellness programming for the employees of Mayo Clinic.

Worksite wellness coordinator interns gain educational experience in consultation and project management in the development and evaluation of all levels of health and wellness programs and services. Interns are exposed to population lifestyle strategies through a combination of efforts to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices.

Interns are educated and gain hands-on experience in the full delivery of population interventions including assessment, engagement and marketing, targeted interventions, and supportive environmental and policy strategies to enhance and sustain health. All work will be performed under close supervision of existing staff to further the educational experience.

Additional domains of learning may include:

  • Appropriate assessments to determine the needs of this population
  • Development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of health and wellness programs and interventions for employees at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Creation and delivery of customized health promotion materials and presentations
  • Supporting employees in making optimum choices for personal health
  • Effective communication in one-on-one or group settings for positive customer relationships
  • Growth and maintenance of the wellness champion program, including customized resources and programs
  • Exposure to all scheduled worksite wellness activities and events, including having direct observation and involvement in meetings, project planning committees and other discussions
  • Delivery of high-quality customer service with confidentiality and compassion

Interns have the opportunity to attend Mayo Clinic and department-sponsored educational events as well as observe other disciplines at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Dietetics
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • General and orthopedic surgery
  • Patient education