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Molecular Genetics Technology Internship (Minnesota)

Program overview

Duration: 8 weeks (practicum) or 24 weeks (preceptorship)
Class size: 1-2 students (practicum) or 4 students (preceptorship)
Location: Rochester, Minnesota

This internship prepares students for a career in molecular genetics. To be eligible for the internship, you must be a diagnostic genetics student at Northern Michigan University or a molecular pathology student at Texas Tech University.

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

After successfully completing this internship, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Students from Northern Michigan University are eligible to receive a bachelor's degree in diagnostic genetics. Students from Texas Tech University are eligible to receive a Master of Science degree in molecular pathology.

Graduates of either university program are then eligible to become certified in Molecular Biology, MB(ASCP), through the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.

Northern Michigan University practicum

This program is a joint offering between Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. You obtain a bachelor's degree in diagnostic genetics by completing seven semesters of coursework at Northern Michigan University and a 24-week practicum on the Mayo Clinic campus in the Genomics Laboratory (molecular).

You perform DNA purification and extraction methods, polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), and other specialized techniques for diagnosing inherited (genetic) and acquired disorders. You are assigned hands-on rotations with specific assays and techniques and are expected to complete an independent research project.

Texas Tech University preceptorship

This program is a joint offering between Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. You obtain a Master of Science degree in molecular pathology by completing 2.5 semesters at Texas Tech University and an eight-week preceptorship on the Mayo Clinic campus in the Genomics Laboratory (molecular).

You gain experience with DNA purification and extraction methods and polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), and will be assigned hands-on rotations with specific assays and techniques. You also observe the roles of genetic counselors, fellows, and consultants. Finally, you will also assess technical aspects of the laboratory.

How to apply

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → Molecular Genetics Technology Internship
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:
    • Scroll down to "Next Steps" → Start an Application
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is correct 
    • Click "Continue with Application Selected Above"
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select "Start a New Full Application"

2. Online application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want on the left.

  • Program of interest
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete "Reapplying and Education Completed" questions
  • Personal information
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it here
  • Demographic data
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education
    • Add education
  • Employment
    • Add work experience
  • Standardized testing
    • Not required by program
  • Professional licensing and registration
    • Required by program: Enter any professional licenses or certifications you hold.
  • Essay
    • Answer the questions within the application
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations/supplemental items. After submitting the application, select "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)."

  • Upload your CV or resume in the "Supplemental Items" box.
  • Two professional references are required. References should be individuals who are/were an authority figure in your current/previous schooling or place of employment (i.e. supervisor, teacher). Please follow the guidelines in the online application carefully.
  • Enter email addresses for recommendations under the "Recommendation Requests."

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit your transcripts. Upload unofficial transcripts of all college and university credits. You may also send any unofficial transcripts or other documentation not uploaded directly to:

Amy Groszbach, M.Ed.
Molecular Genetics Technology Internship Director
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, Fifth Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

What happens after I submit my application? 

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment complete a personal interview — either in-person or via phone or video.

Curriculum

During the internship, learning experiences allow you to perform:

  • DNA purification and extraction methods
  • Polymerase chain reactions (PCRs)
  • Other specialized techniques for diagnosing inherited (genetic) and acquired disorders

You complete hands-on rotations to learn about specific assays and techniques.

Hours

During the internship, the learning schedule is Monday through Friday, with hours varying based on rotation.

Tuition and financial aid

$1,000 per student is paid to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences for clinical rotation tuition sharing.

Northern Michigan University pays Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences directly for clinical rotation tuition sharing. However, Texas Tech University students pay Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences for clinical rotation tuition sharing before beginning the Molecular Genetics Technology Internship.

Tuition is paid directly to Northern Michigan University or Texas Tech University.

Students are responsible for their own living accommodations and transportation.

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