Program overview

Duration: 10 weeks
Class size: 50 students a year
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

This internship is a 10-week summer program that gives college students an opportunity to participate in clinical research. This is a great way for you to test your inclination toward careers in medicine, health care and science. You are placed with a physician mentor to work on a clinical research project.

Summer 2019 match

  • The summer 2019 match is for June 4, 2019, through Aug. 9, 2019
  • All students accepted into the program must be available on the first day to attend the mandatory orientation — no exceptions will be given

To be eligible for the internship, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or a graduate of an accredited college or university
  • Have completed their freshman year of college
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be seriously considering a career in health care or clinical research

Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

How to apply

The application cycle runs from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

  1. Online application. Complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application form. Do not select Lite Application.
  2. Supporting documentation. Submit these materials:
    • College transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
    • One-page typed (10- to 12-point type with 1-inch margins) personal statement that includes career goals and why you would be a good candidate. To assist in the match, please identify your specific research interests. Upload this essay in your online application.

    Please send the required materials that are not completed online, plus any transcripts, directly to:

    Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP)
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224


A physician mentor directs each student's Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP) learning experience for the research project. The Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects.

To successfully complete the program, students must:

  • Comply with all program and institutional policies
  • Participate in an ongoing research investigation
  • Develop skills in research methodology
  • Participate in assigned educational activities
  • Present a written summary and oral presentation of their research at the end of the program

CRISP students work on a variety of research topics. Some examples of previous projects:

  • Injury in marathon runners
  • Aortic aneurysm and smoking
  • Liver transplant in patients older than 70
  • Warfarin anticoagulation in acute intracranial hemorrhage
  • Screw placement in the spine using 3-D images


Students need to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to work on their research project.

Tuition and financial aid

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not charge tuition or fees for the internship. No stipends or financial aid are provided to participants.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment during the program if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.