Student Nurse Internship (Summer)

The Mayo Clinic Health System Student Nurse Internship Program is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) students to participate in a learning and work experience. The program provides up to 18 students an opportunity to practice what is learned in the classroom in a hospital setting. Under the direction of a registered nurse preceptor, the intern will further their understanding of professional nursing. In addition, we offer shadow days, lunch and learn classes and life skills educational days to enhance the student experience. Students who complete the internship program receive preference for employment upon graduation.

To apply for a nursing internship position, students must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited B.S.N. degree program.
  • Be enrolled in a summer internship course through a nursing program.
  • Be available to participate June through August.
  • Provide proof of certification in basic life support/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS/CPR).
  • Have a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

The internship may include the following Mayo Clinic Health System locations:

  • Fairmont
  • Mankato
  • New Prague
  • Springfield
  • St. James
  • Waseca 

The internship may include the following specialty care areas:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Birth Center
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Emergency Services
  • Float/Resource
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical/Surgical Services
  • Neuro/Ortho/Trauma
  • Postanesthesia Care Unit/Same Day Care (PACU/SDC)
  • Pediatric and Adolescent
  • Women’s Health 

The 10-week internship begins in June and runs through August. Interns are given full- and part-time options, and are expected to work the full 10 weeks. Hours and shift rotation depend on the designated preceptor’s schedule and may include evening, nights and weekends. The internship position is based on a competitive-salary basis.

To apply for a student nurse internship position, complete the Student Nurse Intern Application on our Career page in early November. The application deadline is December of each year. Internships are competitive and based on the application packet submitted. Candidates will receive notification of acceptance or denial into the program in mid-February.  

The application will include the following components:

  1. Nursing interest areas
  2. Three essay questions
  3. Verification of your GPA (including an unofficial copy of transcript with your name and university/college name)
  4. List areas of acute clinical experiences

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, contact us by email at You may also read the Summer Nurse Internship Brochure for more information.