Dan Abraham
Healthy Living Center

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

Mayo Clinic offers unpaid internships for undergraduate students receiving academic credit in exercise science, health and wellness promotion, and related fields. Interns gain experience at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC) on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.


The center encompasses more than 115,000 square feet and incorporates state-of-the-art equipment, programs and services. DAHLC serves all Mayo Clinic employees, students, volunteers, retirees, spouses and same-gender domestic partners. Self-motivated and creative students should apply.

All internships must be a minimum of 12 weeks, but may be increased to meet school requirements.

Watch this video as former interns share their experience at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center:

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center internships

Track 1: Health and Wellness Coach
The Health and Wellness Coach Internship at DAHLC is aimed at providing you with a comprehensive hands-on practical and technical learning experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of all levels of health and wellness programs and services. Interns have the opportunity to further their educational experience in influencing lifestyle change through a combination of educational opportunities to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices using effective wellness coaching and behavioral change strategies. Specific hands-on experience may be gained, under close supervision of current staff, in providing comprehensive fitness and wellness evaluations, innovative fitness programming and small group training, one-on-one and small group coaching, and the delivery of comprehensive wellness programs or educational presentations. All work will be performed under close supervision of existing staff to further the educational experience. Additional domains of learning may include:
  • Implementation and evaluation of wellness programs and services for DAHLC members and prospective members
  • Design, execution and evaluation of safe and effective wellness programs for individuals and groups
  • Opportunities to learn and experience various wellness tests, assessments and evaluations
  • Development and delivery of customized health promotion materials and presentations
  • Delivery of high-quality customer service with confidentiality and compassion
  • Skills to support members in making optimum choices for personal health
  • Skills to establish positive customer relationships through effective communication in one-on-one or group settings
Track 2: Worksite Wellness Coordinator

The Worksite Wellness Coordinator Internship at DAHLC is aimed at providing you with comprehensive hands-on practical and technical experience in administering population health programs to enhance the culture of health in the worksite. Interns can enhance their professional development and gain hands-on experience in innovative wellness programming for the employees of Mayo Clinic.

Worksite wellness coordinator interns gain educational experience in consultation and project management in the development and evaluation of all levels of health and wellness programs and services. Interns are exposed to population lifestyle strategies through a combination of efforts to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices.

Interns are educated and gain hands-on experience in the full delivery of population interventions including assessment, engagement and marketing, targeted interventions, and supportive environmental and policy strategies to enhance and sustain health. All work will be performed under close supervision of existing staff to further the educational experience.

Additional domains of learning may include:

  • Appropriate assessments to determine the needs of this population
  • Development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of health and wellness programs and interventions for employees at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Creation and delivery of customized health promotion materials and presentations
  • Supporting employees in making optimum choices for personal health
  • Effective communication in one-on-one or group settings for positive customer relationships
  • Growth and maintenance of the wellness champion program, including customized resources and programs
  • Exposure to all scheduled worksite wellness activities and events, including having direct observation and involvement in meetings, project planning committees and other discussions
  • Delivery of high-quality customer service with confidentiality and compassion

Interns have the opportunity to attend Mayo Clinic and department-sponsored educational events as well as observe other disciplines at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Dietetics
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • General and orthopedic surgery
  • Patient education

Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC) internships offer undergraduate students the opportunity to gain quality career experience though daily, on-the-job interaction with colleagues. As a DAHLC intern, you are a valued member of the Mayo Clinic team.

Orientation
"The DAHLC was a great place to gain knowledge and experience about my future profession. I was able to meet and learn from some of the top health care professionals in the field today." Wendi Sobaski, Truman State University You'll begin your internship with an orientation designed to help you acclimate to Mayo Clinic, DAHLC and the community of Rochester, Minnesota. There are opportunities for both classroom work and hands-on training.
Social Activities
DAHLC internships offer an educational work experience and an opportunity to live and socialize with people from throughout the world. Rochester and the surrounding region have much to offer. You can find out more here.
Benefits

All interns receive a free membership to DAHLC. As part of the program, you have access to:

  • An assigned email account
  • Mayo Clinic-sponsored recreational programs
  • Discounted tickets to local and regional special events
  • Liability insurance while on duty
Housing

Interns need to make their own housing arrangements in the community.

Transportation and Parking

You'll need to make your own arrangements for traveling to and from work. Options include:

  • Driving or carpooling to a Park and Ride lot, from which you take a Rochester Public Transit bus to the Mayo Clinic campus
  • Taking public bus transportation on Rochester Public Transit (Mayo Clinic pays for your bus pass)
  • Biking
  • Carpooling
Past Interns

DAHLC interns come from across the United States. Recent interns and current DAHLC employees have attended these academic institutions:

  • Ball State University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Kansas State University
  • Luther College
  • Minnesota State University (various campuses)
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwestern University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Minnesota (various campuses)
  • University of Montana
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin (various campuses)
  • Western Illinois University
  • Winona State University

After graduating, interns are encouraged to apply for positions at Mayo Clinic.

Dan Abraham Photo

The Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center provides state-of-the-art resources and programs in a welcoming, light-filled environment. It is a model for how people can enjoy a positive lifestyle that incorporates the best practices of exercise and nutrition. By conducting research and education on healthy living, the center will ultimately help people throughout the United States and around the world.

Dan Abraham, founder of Slim-Fast, is a visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist. "Mayo Clinic saved my life many times and then helped me to improve my health and performance dramatically," says Mr. Abraham. "I was so grateful to Mayo and its staff that I wanted to do something to express my thanks."

The first Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center opened as an amenity for Mayo Clinic staff in 1995, followed by a second facility that has been in service since 1998. The Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center building opened in 2007.

With additional support from Mr. Abraham, a five-floor expansion opened in 2014, extending its mission to patients and, through the center's innovations and discoveries, to people everywhere. Since its inception, the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center has earned recognition as a national leader among corporate wellness programs.

"Ewa and I are inspired and energized by the Mayo employees whose lives have been helped by participating in the center," says Mr. Abraham. "Now we are embarked on an even greater course — healthy living programs for all patients who come to Mayo Clinic and, eventually, for all Americans. Our goal is to help improve the quality of life and reduce health care costs in the United States. This innovative center will help make America stronger and more competitive by helping people enjoy greater health and longer life expectancy."

Candidates for Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center internships should be actively enrolled in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in exercise science or health and wellness promotion. Students should have junior-level coursework and be receiving academic credit.

Application process

Internships are offered in the spring, fall and summer. Applications received between these dates will be considered:

  • Spring internship — apply between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1
  • Summer internship — apply between Jan. 1 and March 1
  • Fall internship — apply between April 1 and June 1

Visit our Internships and Summer Opportunities Web page for available internship positions. If this internship is not available, you may click "Email jobs to me." You will then be notified via email when future internship positions become available.

During the online application process, you'll be asked to attach:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter — describe your career objectives and list pertinent experiences you've had, and also include the internship track you are interested in, your current academic standing (such as junior or senior) and hours required for your internship
  • Letter of reference from faculty adviser
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (photocopies acceptable)

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all application materials are complete and received by Mayo Clinic on or before the deadline for each internship period. The selection committee will not review incomplete applications. For more information, contact: