Frequently Asked Questions

Will Mayo Clinic hire administrative fellows for the 2015 program year?
Yes, applications will be available starting in spring 2014.

Do you need to be a current student or recent graduate to apply for the program or will Mayo accept fellows who obtained their graduate degree(s) in previous years?
Qualified candidates for the Administrative Fellowship Program are master's-prepared individuals who have completed the degree requirements before the start of the fellowship. Applications from candidates who have completed their degree or are on schedule to complete their degree before the fellowship start date will be accepted. Additional criteria can be found on the Administrative Fellowship Program eligibility Web page.

What other employment opportunities are currently available at Mayo Clinic for recent graduates with an MHA, MBA or MPH?
Current job postings are found on the Mayo Clinic's job postings pages and are updated on a regular basis.

Are other training programs or internships available at Mayo Clinic?
Training, internships and employment opportunities are generally posted and updated regularly on the Mayo Clinic website on the job postings pages. In addition, you can visit Mayo's internship Web page or Mayo training programs Web page for listings of available opportunities.

How are rotations and fellows matched?
The Administrative Fellowship Program is designed to meet long-term organizational staff needs. When setting up rotations, the primary consideration is the program goals; secondary are immediate organizational needs and opportunities at a given time. When these have been clearly identified, a match is made with an individual administrative fellow according to his or her capabilities, interests and need for development.

Can administrative fellows influence the rotation decisions?
If an administrative fellow has a strong interest in a given area, every effort is made to provide an experience in that area. At the same time, the administrative fellow is expected to be flexible and responsive to organizational needs and opportunities.

Administrative fellows are asked during rotation planning discussions to think about the overall experiences they would like to have at the end of two years to make them viable and competitive candidates for positions that are a match for them.

What core experiences have been identified for administrative fellows?
Standard rotations or exposures include:

  • Administrative services
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Research administration
  • Education administration
  • Systems and Procedures
  • Quality

The flexibility of the fellowship program allows you to select elective rotations. Through rotations during the two-year program, the following administrative exposures are sought:

  • Operational planning
  • Hospital operations
  • Clinic operations
  • Employment process
  • Working with a secretary
  • Working with physicians
  • Committee work and attendance
  • Minute taking and committee secretary
  • Coaching employees for development
  • Directing the work of others
  • Role of information technology
  • Mayo Clinic Model of Care
  • Mayo Clinic Model of Professionalism

In addition, an effort is made to give each administrative fellow an opportunity to experience a Mayo Clinic site other than their base location. This may be achieved through a rotation in Jacksonville, Fla., Scottsdale, and Phoenix, Ariz., or Rochester, Minn., or a Mayo Clinic Health System practice.

How do administrative fellows function within Mayo Clinic?
Administrative fellows may fill short-term role assignments (for example, covering for parenting and medical leaves) or critical project assignments, particularly when there is advance notice. It depends on the need, who is available during that time, and whether the available fellow has the minimum skills, competencies and capacity to meet the need. The program director helps guide and coordinate rotational and project assignments and meets regularly with the fellow for rotation planning and coaching.

How are fellows assigned to administrative work areas?
The administrative leader typically contacts the site program director with a description of the need and the general experiences and opportunities available. These details are shared with the administrative fellow during rotation discussions. Rotations are established once an appropriate match is found.

What other elements are considered when setting up rotations?
The most successful rotations occur when both the fellow and administrative leader are mutually interested in working together. Both sides work together to understand needs and expectations, in order to ensure a good match and optimal rotation.