How to Apply


Note: This program is a one-time experience. Previous participants are ineligible.

To participate in the Summer Lab Science Program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the U.S. in the event of future employment after the program. The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic does not provide sponsorship for employment.
  • Be completing your junior year (the summer prior to graduation) of a four-year baccalaureate program in medical laboratory science, chemistry, human biology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics or another human biomedical science-related field.
  • Have at least a 2.75 overall GPA.

Prior to starting the program, you need to have 90 semester hours (or equivalent) from an accredited institution, including one of the following:

  • Twenty-four semester hours of science courses that include three hours of mathematics and either 16 hours of chemistry or 16 hours of biology
  • Six semester hours each of chemistry and biology, along with 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology (in any combination)

Application process

The application process is electronic, with the Summer Lab Science Program job posting available from the first week of January until the end of February each year.

To locate the job posting, visit the Internships and Summer Opportunities Web page during that time frame. If this opportunity is not available, you may click "Email jobs to me." You will then be notified via email when positions become available.

You are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are complete at the time of submission. The selection committee does not review incomplete applications. Late submissions are not accepted.

When applying online to the program, you will need:

  • Resume and cover letter.
  • Your official or unofficial transcript from your registrar's office. You must attach an electronic copy of your transcript.
  • One reference letter from your college professor or other relevant work-related reference. Specific instructions on how to submit the reference letter are provided in the job posting. The letter should address the applicant's major strengths, areas for improvement, overall evaluation as compared with other lab students, organizational skills, laboratory skills, integrity, attendance, communication skills, flexibility and attitude toward learning new skills.

For more information, contact:

  • Human Resources — Summer Lab Science Program
  • Mayo Clinic
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Email:
Nov. 29, 2016