Mayo Clinic pharmacy students talking with staff pharmacist in a hallway

Program overview

Duration: 10 weeks
Class size: 10-13 students each summer
Location: Rochester, Minnesota

This internship is a comprehensive, educational pharmacy internship that offers in-depth exposure to pharmaceutical services to help you further explore pharmacy as your future career.

The internship is designed to allow interns to:

  • Gain hands-on knowledge of pharmacy operations in either the inpatient or outpatient environment
  • Experience the role of the clinical pharmacist through participation in mini-rotations throughout multiple specialty areas
  • Apply and enhance knowledge gained in the academic setting
  • Engage in activities, including journal club, with current residents
  • Attend a professional development seminar series designed specifically for students
  • Strengthen your presentation skills through the preparation of a formal presentation to your colleagues
  • Shadow practicing pharmacists in areas of interest

To be an eligible candidate for the internship, you must be enrolled in your first or second year of a doctor of pharmacy program within the U.S. that is either accredited or seeking accreditation.

Approximately 10 to 13 individuals are selected each summer for a salaried position in either the hospital/inpatient or clinic/outpatient practice setting. Minnesota Board of Pharmacy internship hours are provided.

If accepted, you will be required to attain registration with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as an intern before the program begins.

Pharmacy interns learn from dozens of Mayo Clinic pharmacist preceptors.

How to apply

Mayo Clinic uses the ApplyYourself application system for all pharmacy internship applications.

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Jan. 1 of the year you wish to begin the internship.

Note: We are unable to respond to individual requests regarding receipt of application materials. Incomplete applications and applications that do not follow the specifications outlined below will result in withdrawal of consideration.

  1. Online application. Complete the online Application for Admission. The application cycle for the upcoming summer opens Nov. 15. If you have used the ApplyYourself online program in the past, you must create a new login and password.

    After you create a login and sign in to the ApplyYourself tool, select Application for Admission, noting the following:
    • Above Mayo Campus, select Rochester.
    • Above Program Type, select Pharmacy Internship.
    • Above Program Name, select Internship.
    • Do not include information about your high school.
    • Include information about your pre-pharmacy and pharmacy programs.
    • Upload your curriculum vitae (CV) in the Employment Information section.
      • Select "save" before uploading the document so that you do not lose previously added information.
      • Click the "upload document" button to upload your CV. If the upload is successful, you will see a "view document" and "delete" button appear.
    • In the Essay section, upload a letter of intent, which should discuss your reason(s) for pursuing an internship at Mayo Clinic and your five-year professional career plan. Click the "upload document" button at the bottom of the page. If the upload is successful, a "view document" and "delete" button will appear.
      • Your statement should be at least 400 words but no more than 1,000 words.
      • You must specify if you would like to be considered for the hospital/inpatient, clinic/outpatient or either program. Failure to specify which program(s) you are applying to will result in withdrawal of your application for consideration.
    • Do not complete the Standardized Testing section.
    • Under Recommendations, enter the information needed to provide three letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation should come from a pharmacy faculty member. The second letter may be from another faculty member or a supervisor at your place of employment. The third letter of recommendation may be from a co-worker, another faculty member or another individual of your choosing. Use of the online ApplyYourself program for letters of recommendation is required.
  2. Supporting documentation. Submit a copy of your official transcript from your pharmacy program postmarked by Jan. 1 to:

    Pharmacy Internship
    Attn: Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph.
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  3. Selection and interviews. Individuals will be contacted via email upon review of all submitted applications. This will occur by the end of January. Final candidates will be asked to schedule a telephone interview within two weeks of notification.
  4. Acceptance. Appointments are made by March 1. Your reply is expected within one week.


Hospital/inpatient setting

Individuals selected for the internship in the hospital/inpatient practice setting will rotate through two areas of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. These include the central pharmacy at either the Methodist Campus or Saint Marys Campus and the Emergency Department. 

Interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences that may include:

  • Obtaining medication histories from patients being admitted to the hospital from the Emergency Department
  • Preparing and labeling of medications
  • Delivering medications to automated dispensing machines located in patient care areas
  • Working with automated dispensing machines and bar code label machines

Clinic/outpatient setting

Individuals selected for the Pharmacy Internship in the clinic/outpatient practice setting rotate through six outpatient pharmacies located on the Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic. Interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences that may include:

  • Providing patient counseling on medication
  • Working alongside a pharmacist preceptor to gain hands-on experience with reviewing prescription orders and participating in pharmacists' interventions
  • Providing drug information to health care providers
  • Assisting in the preparation and dispensing of prescription orders


Throughout the summer, you have the opportunity to work with residents or pharmacist preceptors in a variety of clinical specialties in the hospital and ambulatory care practice settings. Interns may participate in up to three separate two-day mini-rotations. Depending on intern schedules and preceptor availability, additional shadowing experiences may be possible.

Professional development series

A longitudinal series of lectures and discussions designed to enhance the professional development of pharmacy students is an additional component of the Pharmacy Internship.

Examples of previous events include:

  • "Ask the resident" and "ask the residency director" sessions
  • A curriculum vitae review session
  • Tips for preparing a formal presentation
  • How to prepare for a formal interview

Formal presentation

Each intern is expected to prepare a 25-minute presentation for their colleagues during the final week of the internship. The presentation topic is typically at the discretion of the intern. Written and oral feedback is provided to the intern by the audience. Additional instructions and guidance are provided throughout the program.


Each intern has a unique schedule based on the needs of the assigned work area. Your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. Interns selected should expect to provide evening, weekend and holiday coverage.

While interns may request time away from work, the request may be denied at the discretion of the scheduler, or the intern may be required to work extra days to make up missed time.

Tuition and financial aid

There are no fees to participate in the internship.

You receive a competitive stipend, and Mayo Clinic provides free housing for the duration of the internship.

Director's welcome

Message from Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph., director of the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Internship

You are at an exciting time in your journey toward your future career as a pharmacist. Over the last one to two years, you have built a foundation of pharmacy knowledge through class work. Participation in an introductory pharmacy practice experience or a professional organization has perhaps provided a glimpse of how that knowledge translates into clinical practice.

As your pharmacy experiences continue to grow, so do your options of potential career paths and future practice sites.

Mayo Clinic, one of the largest integrated medical centers in the world, is the practice site for about 240 pharmacists on the Rochester, Minnesota, campus. Pharmacists at Mayo Clinic practice in a variety of areas that support Mayo's commitment to patient care, education and research.

Our pharmacists serve as integral members of the interdisciplinary team in both the ambulatory care and inpatient practice environments. Mayo's commitment to education is demonstrated by the number of preceptors who are dedicated to helping the clinical and professional growth of our interns.

As an intern at Mayo Clinic, you have an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge base through participation in the day-to-day operation of our pharmacies. You also witness how every individual at Mayo Clinic contributes to our primary value, which is "the needs of the patient come first."

Our interns also participate in mini-rotations, which are designed to allow them to explore potential career paths. Other activities, such as journal clubs and presentations, are incorporated into the summer to enhance and expand your pharmacy knowledge base.

We are fortunate to have an outstanding team of interns join our department every summer. Our alumni have established successful careers throughout the United States. In recent years, more than 85 percent of our previous interns have gone on to complete a PGY-1 residency upon graduation from pharmacy school. Several have chosen to return to Mayo Clinic to complete a residency, work as a pharmacist or both.

We invite you take a look at our website and consider the opportunities that await you as a pharmacy intern at Mayo Clinic.

Best regards,

Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph.
Program Director
Pharmacy Internship

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