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Career Development Internships

Career Development Internships (CDIs) are opportunities that enable upper-level Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (MCGSBS) Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. students to spend 100 hours as interns in one of several career environments. These internships allow students to explore possible interests, network with professionals, contribute to the mission of the Career Development Internship partner organization, and gain informed appreciation for career options.

Career Development Internships are for MCGSBS Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. students that have passed their written and oral qualifying exams, and are interested in exploring career options.

Career Development Internship activities are flexible, allowing approximately 100 hours of paid leave from MCGSBS (with continued stipend and benefits) during one quarter. For off-site internship opportunities requiring travel, travel and housing costs are typically covered by the host institution. Travel to the host institution (in part or in whole) may be reimbursable through MCGSBS, contingent on available funds; requests are considered on an individual basis. Internships are individualized, with the MCGSBS intern and sponsoring Career Development Internship partner working together to design the ideal experience.

Video: Career Development Internships


Video: Career Development Internships

Internship opportunities

Career Development Internship opportunities have been arranged with partner organizations in several different career environments. Additional collaborations continue to be developed. Current external collaborations include:

  • Medical Alley
  • Buena Vista University
  • Carleton College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Vyriad
  • Rochester Rising

Application details and deadlines will be shared with current students on an ongoing basis.