Program Details

Undergraduate internships

Undergraduate interns are assigned to shadow engineers and participate in engineering activities, such as:

  • Investigating new project requests
  • Interacting with physicians and researchers
  • Researching different technologies and options for solving problems
  • Participating in design meetings and project reviews
  • Testing and documentation of components or even entire systems
  • Gaining exposure to design tools, such as our 3-D solid modeling tools, schematic capture and board layout tools, and modeling and simulation tools
  • Participating in simple fabrication and assembly of devices and systems
  • Deploying devices and working on project retrospective activities

Mentors

Each intern is assigned to a supervisor, typically one of the unit heads within the Division of Engineering. The interns work with a number of different engineers within the division, who are responsible for giving the intern technical direction and ensuring successful completion of the assignments.

Final presentation

At the end of the Engineering Internship, the intern is asked to prepare a retrospective of his or her internship activities and present this information at a division meeting. This presentation is a Mayo Clinic requirement and may be in addition to any academic requirements for papers or presentations.

Graduate internships

Graduate interns are assigned to activities by current engineering staff. Once assigned to a project, the first challenge is to determine a project approach. The intern typically reviews literature and prior projects, working with physicians, researchers and engineering staff to select an approach that will lead to a successful project.

The intern is assigned to work with one of our engineers, who acts as the intern's on-site adviser. The intern works within one of our project teams and is responsible for providing time estimates and progress reports.

Final presentation

At the end of the internship, the intern is asked to prepare a retrospective of his or her internship activities and present this information at a division meeting. Interns also aid the project technical leaders in transitioning the uncompleted portions of their work to division staff. These are Mayo Clinic requirements and may be in addition to any academic requirements for papers or presentations.