Internship Program (AIP)

Administrative Internship Program (AIP)

Each year, Mayo Clinic hires a cohort of graduate-level administrative interns with opportunities spanning several of our locations. Mayo’s Administrative Internship Program provides the opportunity for first year graduate students to gain in-depth project experience and contribute to our strategic priorities in a meaningful way.

Mayo Clinic provides an excellent learning environment for healthcare management graduate students interested in health care leadership. Administrative interns join a specific division or department for the summer and are precepted by an Operations Administrator or Vice Chair of Administration. Each intern will fill this position for ten to twelve weeks, dependent on availability and work unit needs. Preceptors provide graduate students with a broad range of learning opportunities depending on the priorities of the department, as well as the graduate student’s professional interests. Every intern will learn about Mayo Clinic’s integrated system and receive mentorship from senior administrative leaders, as well as current and former Administrative Fellows.

Sample activities include:

  • Leading or supporting process improvement initiatives
  • Developing process flow maps of current processes and making recommendations around improving processes
  • Managing and analyzing data to inform department strategy
  • Supporting the capital budget process and/or evaluating prospective products or vendors
  • Attending high-level management meetings
  • Observing clinical care and speaking with caregivers or patients
  • Attending grand rounds, leadership lecture series or other educational lectures
  • Reviewing and completing financial analyses and statements
  • Assessing and summarizing new business opportunities
  • Participating in clinical simulations and facility tours

Our internship program also provides time for professional development and learning through lunch and learns, site visits, and presentations that give you the opportunity to learn from our dedicated practitioners and your fellow interns. This is a paid internship.

Please note that graduate students that apply for and/or complete an administrative internship at Mayo Clinic are at neither an advantage or disadvantage if they later choose to apply to the post-graduate Administrative Fellowship Program.

Qualities we look for in our future Healthcare Leaders:

Ideal candidates are those that exude the Mayo Clinic values of respect, integrity, compassion, healing, teamwork, innovation, excellence, and stewardship through their academic pursuits, professional experience and volunteerism.

Similar to the ideal candidate for our Administrative Fellowship Program, we are looking to hire high-performing graduate students who are looking to gain direct healthcare administrative experience, with an emphasis on continuous learning. Our selection process aims for diverse skill sets, backgrounds, work experiences and interests.

The internship posting will open each year in late October or early November, with an anticipated deadline in early December to start our selection process. Please note: no additional applications are accepted after the posting is closed.

The following materials are required at the time of application:

  • Cover Letter, indicating:
    • Interest in health care administration as a career
    • Interest in pursuing a post-graduate fellowship
  • Resume (1 – 2 pages), including:
    • Degrees (undergraduate and graduate, GPA, date received/anticipated)
    • Academic, work, professional, community and volunteer experience
    • Scholarly and leadership activities, projects, awards and honors
  • Letters of Recommendation*:
    • 1 Professional
    • 1 Academic

*If you cannot upload the letters directly, please have the letter sent to the appropriate human resources recruiter (listed in the posting information).

To apply, please go to our Careers Site home page and search “Intern-Graduate” to find the posting. Upon review of application materials, invitations will be extended to complete phone interviews before extending formal offers in early to mid-January.

Questions on the Administrative Internship may be addressed to Lindsey Lehman, Operations Administrator at:

In 2019, we hired nine Administrative Interns – Alyssa Na Teck completed her internship experience at Mayo Clinic – Arizona and will be starting her Administrative Fellowship at Mayo Clinic – Rochester in 2020.

“My interactions with former Mayo Clinic interns and Fellows sparked my initial interest in both the administrative internship and fellowship program. Every person I reached out to happily accepted my invitation to chat. In each of these conversations, it was clear that every individual was genuinely interested in their work and was eager to share their experiences. However, it was the guidance and support I received from summer preceptor, Ms. Britany Williams,  that truly solidified my interest in the Mayo Clinic Administrative Fellowship Program. As an alumna of the Mayo Clinic Administrative Fellowship Program, Britany took a very personal interest in my professional development. When I first started, she asked me what my interests were and what I wanted to learn more about. Based on that initial conversation, she immediately found opportunities throughout the Arizona site that I could plug into. Before I knew it, I was leading four different projects, including the development of Arizona’s Office of Access Management (OAM) Telework Guidelines as well as an Arizona-wide presentation on OAM’s new structure. Britany also complimented each of those opportunities by consistently introducing me to individuals across the enterprise who she felt could provide me with more support and perspective. By the end of my summer internship, I not only left with a series of projects I could speak to, but I had also built an incredible professional network. Throughout my entire experience, Britany helped me cultivate my hard leadership skills in project management, teamwork, and operational excellence. She also helped me grow a lot of my soft leadership skills as well, which included assertiveness, empathy, and confidence. I am eternally grateful to have shared my summer internship experience with someone who is able to not only drive change within the organization, but also drive change in the people within it. My summer internship experience showed me that every decision that is made within the organization is deliberate, intentional, and informed. I look forward to continuing my journey with the Mayo Clinic and working alongside some of the best and brightest people who are dedicated to putting the needs of the patient first in research, education, and practice.”