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Career Immersion Program (Minnesota)

Virtual programming for 2021

For 2020-2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed much in our society, and the Career Immersion Program is no exception. In spite of this current challenge that has restricted group gatherings, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences remains committed to helping you identify and understand various health sciences careers as you plan for your future. Because of this, the Career Immersion Program will be held virtually in June 2021.

We are sad that we cannot connect with you face-to-face, but are grateful for the technology that provides this opportunity to deliver exciting program and career information to you in an innovative manner.

Program description

Discover what a career in health care looks like and get an exclusive inside look at a wide range of health care careers. You are invited to apply to be a part of a talented group of diverse, Minnesota high school incoming juniors and seniors at our week-long Career Immersion Program offered June 21-25, 2021.

During this week-long program, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences will pull back the curtain and share insights and information about several careers most students don’t even know exist.

The program includes:

  • Discovery about the most in-demand careers in health care
  • Connecting with health sciences professionals
  • Understanding the academic path for enrolling in health sciences programs
  • Meeting current Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences students, staff, and faculty
  • Gaining knowledge on what professionalism is in the health care setting
  • Networking with other students

There are dozens of careers in health care. Some you have definitely heard of, like doctors and nurses; but there are many careers you may not have any knowledge of, like radiographers who help patients and take X-rays, and respiratory therapists who work with patients who have trouble breathing.

While Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not train physicians and nurses, the school offers training in over 50 health sciences professions.

Who should apply

Each year, we seek to enroll a diverse group of Minnesota high school rising juniors and seniors. Applications are therefore taken from current sophomores and juniors (2020-2021 academic year) in public, private, charter, or home-based high schools, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have GPAs in the 2.5-3.5 range are ideal candidates for this program.

In order to establish a group of Career Immersion Program students that reflects both the organization Mayo Clinic seeks to be and the patients we serve, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences especially encourages applications from students who belong to any of the following groups:

  • Future first-generation college students or students enrolled in TRIO, Upward Bound, and College Possible
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or U.S. Pacific Islander
  • Students receiving free and or reduced school lunches

Program expectations

Admitted students are expected to:

  • Submit all required paperwork by the deadline as noted in the admission letter
  • Be available to participate in the program the entire week
  • Abide by the code of conduct established by the program

How to apply

Applications are accepted each year from Dec. 7 through March 1. Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted and received by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 1.

We highly encourage you to print these instructions or have them on another screen as you complete your application. The application works best completed on a PC.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Career Immersion Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Essay. Answer the following question and upload it in the Supplemental Items section. Essay should be between 300-500 words.
    • Describe your interest in the health science careers.
  • Transcripts. Upload your most current transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted). Applicants should request an unofficial copy of their transcript from a counselor or school official. We cannot accept uploads from online gradebooks.
  • Recommendation. Enter an email address of the person that will be completing the online recommendation form.
    • Educational reference. Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the Career Immersion Program. This may include a current teacher, counselor, coach, or principal.

Note: If you don't complete these at the time of submission, visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.


The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for admission into the program will be contacted for a short interview in early spring.

2019 profile of Career Immersion Program accepted students

2019 Career Immersion Program Demographics

Student class dataRange of high school GPAs

Rising juniors: 16
Rising seniors: 23
Total students: 39
High schools represented: 28

3.67 and above: 41%
3.33-3.66: 36%
2.99-3.32: 15%
2.65-2.98: 8%