Program description

Discover what a career in health care looks like and learn all about the different career options. You are invited to apply to be a part of a great group of diverse, Minnesota high school incoming juniors and seniors at our weeklong Career Immersion Program offered June 23-28, 2019, where you can:

  • Discover the most in-demand careers in health care
  • Connect with health sciences professionals
  • Get hands-on exposure to health sciences career opportunities
  • Understand the academic path for enrolling in accredited health sciences programs
  • Meet current Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences students, staff, and faculty
  • Gain knowledge on what professionalism is in the health care setting

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

Full tuition scholarships are awarded to appointed students. This includes:

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Networking with other students
  • Transportation to and from designated Twin Cities pickup location
  • Student housing in Rochester with on-site program directors
  • Tours of Mayo Clinic and social activities in the Rochester area
  • A visit to the University of Minnesota Rochester

Who can apply

Minnesota high school sophomores and juniors (2018-2019 academic year) in public, private, charter or home-based high schools.

All underrepresented students who belong to any of the following groups will be given priority:

  • 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

Although underrepresented groups are given priority, all students who are interested in health science careers are encouraged to apply.

Program expectations

Appointed students are expected to:

  • Submit all required paperwork by the deadline as noted in the appointment letter
  • Be available to participate in the program the entire week
  • Be responsible for obtaining the correct clothing for the program, including dress shoes
  • Share dietary or other accommodations in advance
  • Abide by the code of conduct established by the program

How to apply

Applications are accepted beginning Dec. 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019. Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted and received by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences by 11:59 p.m. Central time March 1, 2019.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  1. Online application. We are switching application systems and will have the new link to the application as well as new instructions beginning in September.

  2. Supporting documentation. Submit these materials:

    • Transcript. Send your most current transcript with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.75. Unofficial transcripts can be sent via email to
    • Letter of recommendation. One letter from a teacher or principal is required (completed online). A maximum of two recommendations will be accepted.
    • Essay. Please answer the following: Describe your interest in health science careers.

    In one envelope, send any transcripts not sent directly from your school, to:

    Attention: CIP Selection
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    Siebens Building, 3-04
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  3. Interviews. The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for appointment into the program will be contacted for a short interview in early spring.