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Program overview

Program length: 10 weeks
Class size: 10 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

Admission requirements

Approximately 10 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.


To be an eligible candidate for the internship, you must be enrolled in your second year of a doctor of pharmacy program within the U.S. that is either accredited or seeking accreditation. If accepted, you will be required to attain registration with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as an intern before the program begins.

Application process

The application for the upcoming summer will open Nov. 15. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Jan. 1 of the year you wish to begin the internship.

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 – Pharmacy Internship
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
    • Under Education, add the college of pharmacy you are attending. Do not include high school information.
  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

  • CV/resume
  • Letter of intent is to include the following and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section:
    • Your reason(s) for pursuing an internship at Mayo Clinic and your five-year professional career plan. Please specify which area you want to be considered for hospital/inpatient or clinic/outpatient or either. Failure to list the program may result in your application being withdrawn. Your letter of intent should be at least 400 words but no more than 500.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a letter.
    • Professional: Choose individuals who are familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of pharmacy. References may include faculty members, advisers, and/or employers.
  • Unofficial College of Pharmacy transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section. Applicants do not need to wait until the end of the semester for final grades to post.

Interview process

Individuals will be contacted via email upon review of all submitted applications. This will occur no later than the end of January. Final candidates will be asked to schedule a telephone or virtual interview within two weeks of notification.


Acceptance decisions are made no later than March 1. Your reply is expected within one week.

Stipend and benefits

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

There are no fees to participate in the internship.


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.

Faculty and facilities

A broad range of pharmacy practice work areas are available at one of the world's preeminent medical institutions. Whether your interests lie in inpatient medication management and monitoring or outpatient services and consultation, you are afforded countless learning and teaching opportunities in a resource-rich environment.

Work areas

Inpatient practice

Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is composed of the Saint Marys Campus (1,265 beds) and Methodist Campus (794 beds). In the hospital environment, pharmacists work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize patient outcomes.

Pharmacists, residents and students are longstanding, integral members of a team that continually advance the pharmacy profession. Pharmacists at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester process nearly 11,000 computerized physician orders each day and document approximately 15,000 electronic medication-related interventions a month.

Outpatient practice

Mayo Clinic has a very large outpatient practice — more than 1.4 million visits each year — with care provided in virtually every specialty. Nearly 3,500 prescriptions are filled each day at Mayo Clinic outpatient pharmacies.

Pharmacists support this large practice through multiple pharmacy locations, including primary practice, hospital dismissal, a communication center and an automated processing center. Medication therapy management services in a variety of specialties are provided to optimize patients' regimens.



The Department of Pharmacy at Mayo Clinic employs nearly 730 individuals, including approximately 350 pharmacists, to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical services.

Program director's welcome

Garrett Schramm, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPSA broad range of pharmacy practice work areas are available at one of the world's preeminent medical institutions. Whether your interests lie in inpatient medication management and monitoring or outpatient services and consultation, you are afforded countless learning and teaching opportunities in a resource-rich environment.

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,

Garrett Schramm, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Program Director
Pharmacy Internship

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