New College Students: How to Apply

College Student Summer Volunteer Program provides service to Mayo Clinic employees and ultimately to Mayo Clinic patients. While we do not offer opportunities for clinical exposure or shadowing hospital staff, volunteers do learn about the health care environment through non-patient and patient interaction service assignments.

The nine-week program runs from Monday, June 1, 2020, through Friday, July 31, 2020.

Applicants must be available to volunteer during regular business hours (Monday through Friday) and are assigned one weekly four-hour shift. This equates to 36 hours of volunteer service during the summer. Additional shifts may be added as space allows and at the discretion of the Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services. Volunteers may not serve more than 12 hours a week.


Students must be available to attend the mandatory interview on Saturday, April 25, 2020, and the orientation on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Eligible to apply are students who are:

  • Between 18-24 years of age (if you are a "non-traditional" college student over the age of 24, please apply through the Adult application process).
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate college program. Those pursuing an advanced degree may apply through the Adult application process.
  • Committed to the nine weeks of service between June 1 and July 31, 2020
  • Able to attend the mandatory interview on Saturday, April 25, 2020, and the orientation on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Ineligible to apply are students who:

  • Are under age 18
  • Have not yet started college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent during the nine-week period between June 1 and July 31, 2020
  • Are not able to attend the interview on Saturday, April 25, 2020, and the orientation session on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Application requirements

College student applicants must:

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

Note: Incomplete applications are not accepted.

Application process

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

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Reservations are required in order to attend one of these sessions, and space is limited to 50 applicants per session. Contact Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services by email at to reserve a space.

Applications will only be available at the information sessions.

  • Completed applications for the 2020 College Student Summer Volunteer Program will be accepted on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054. 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 25, 2020.
  • If accepted into the program, you will receive information about attending a mandatory orientation session, which is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 9, 2020.

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 11, 2020. A positive TB test result may require additional bloodwork.
  • Attend a mandatory service area training session on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic or at Mayo Clinic Hospital on the Phoenix campus.

Note: Failure to complete both the TB skin test and required paperwork within the designated time frame will result in disqualification from the program.

Verification of hours

Upon successful completion of the student summer program, a letter of verification will be provided to you that states the period of time you volunteered, the total number of hours served 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 a recommendation letter for you.

Contact Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services.