College Volunteer Summer Program

Note: The application process for the 2016 College Volunteer Summer Program is closed. Check back in December 2016 for application information and other details about the 2017 program.

Mayo Clinic's College Volunteer Summer Program provides students currently enrolled in college with the opportunity to volunteer in both a clinic and hospital setting. The 2016 program runs from Monday, June 6, through Friday, Aug. 5.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Opportunities to do worthwhile work that makes a difference in the care of people
  • Exploring careers in health care
  • Attending educational presentations
  • Meeting people and making new friends

The purpose of the College Volunteer Summer Program is to provide service to Mayo Clinic employees and ultimately to Mayo Clinic patients. While we do not offer opportunities for clinical exposure or shadowing of hospital staff, volunteers learn about the health care environment through nonpatient and patient interaction service assignments.

Volunteers must be available to volunteer during regular business hours (Monday through Friday) and are allotted one weekly four-hour shift. Additional shifts may be added as space allows and at the discretion of the Volunteer Services department. Volunteers may not serve more than 12 hours a week.


Eligible to apply are students who are:

  • Undergraduate, graduate or continuing education students currently enrolled in college
  • Committed to a minimum of eight weeks of service between June 6 and Aug. 5, 2016

Ineligible to apply are students who:

  • Are under the age of 18
  • Have not yet started college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent for more than one week between June 6 and Aug. 5
  • Are not able to attend the interview, orientation session and training session(s)

Application requirements

  • Complete all application documents, including an essay of between 500 and 700 words describing two of your strengths and talents that you would bring to Mayo Clinic
  • Ability to attend all mandatory dates
  • Meet all program requirements

Note: Incomplete applications are not accepted.

Application process

College volunteers are required to attend one of the mandatory information sessions. All information sessions are held at Mayo Clinic Hospital on the Phoenix campus.

  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, 9-10 a.m.

Applications will be available at these sessions. Contact Volunteer Services by email at to reserve a space.

  • Applications for the 2016 College Volunteer Summer Program will be accepted by the Volunteer Office from Jan. 21 through March 11, 2016, on a first-come screening process. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement into the program.
  • Upon submission of a completed application, you may receive a letter in the mail inviting you to attend an interview, which will be held on the morning of Saturday, April 30, 2016.
  • If accepted into the program, you will receive information about attending a mandatory orientation session, which is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 14, 2016.

After orientation

  • Complete the two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test (no charge). This will require a follow-up visit to the Occupational Medicine department on Monday, May 16, 2016. A positive result may require additional bloodwork. Failure to complete the TB skin test within the designated time frame will result in disqualification from the program.
  • Attend a mandatory service area training session on June 2, 2016.

Verification of hours

Upon successful completion of the summer program, a letter of verification will be provided to you that states the period of time you volunteered, the total number of hours and the service area in which you volunteered.

After 100 hours, a letter of recommendation may also be provided to you, but letters are provided only to volunteers who are in good standing based on performance, commitment and work ethic. The decision to provide a letter of recommendation is at the discretion of the volunteer management team. Note that the department is not obligated to write you a recommendation letter.