New High School Students: How to Apply

The High School 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 2020 program is a nine-week program that 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 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 ages 15 and 18 as of May 1, 2020
  • Not yet in college
  • 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 15
  • Have started college
  • Cannot complete the minimum service requirements
  • Plan to be absent during the nine-week period of service between June 1 and July 31, 2020
  • Are not able to attend the interview on Saturday, April 25, 2020, and the orientation on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Application requirements

High school 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
  • Provide a current copy of your immunization records
  • Attend all mandatory dates
  • Meet all program requirements

Note: Incomplete applications are not accepted.

Application process

A parent or guardian is required to attend one of the mandatory information sessions. Unfortunately, the January 11 and January 16 information sessions are now at capacity. We do not offer a cancellation/wait list. Reservations were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and were limited to 50 applicants per session.

Please see our website in December 2020 for information regarding the 2021 program.

Applications will only be available at the information sessions.

  • Completed applications for the 2020 High School Student Summer Volunteer Program will be accepted on Saturday, February 1, 2020, during the hours of 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 and acceptance 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 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.

Contact Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services.