Biomedical Statistics
& Informatics

Biomedical Statistics and Informatics

The Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship in Rochester, Minnesota, provides a learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in participating in the analysis of ongoing research projects conducted at Mayo Clinic.


This annual summer program begins in late May or early June (depending on candidate availability) and lasts a minimum of eight weeks.

During the Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship, you have an opportunity to enhance your computer and statistical skills while working under the direction of a lead statistician or lead bioinformatician.

The Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics is part of the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic. The division has a staff of approximately 112 statistical programmer analysts (bachelor's degree statisticians), 70 statisticians (M.S. statisticians), 39 informatics specialists (M.S.- or Ph.D.-trained informatics specialists), and 48 Ph.D.s (Ph.D. statistics and Ph.D. informatics). The department also includes the Division of Epidemiology and the Division of Health Care Policy and Research.

These staff members collaborate with investigators from almost every medical specialty, with major commitments in such diverse areas as oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychology and epidemiology.

The Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, typically employs several statistics and bioinformatics interns during the summer for a minimum eight-week period.

Four or five positions are reserved for undergraduate students, with another seven or eight positions reserved for graduate students. Longer-term internships of six to nine months are also offered based on the division's needs and funding.

Acceptance into the Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship is highly competitive. An individual applicant will be offered a position based on his or her qualifications, the division's needs and funding, and the number of applicants.

Orientation
The Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship provides training to undergraduate students new to the program. This orientation is designed to acclimate interns to the Rochester community and Mayo Clinic. Training includes an introduction to the division's computing environment and statistical packages, including SAS and R. Upon completion of training, you work closely with a mentor under the direction of a lead statistician or bioinformatician.
Other Activities

The internship not only offers an educational work experience but also provides an opportunity to live, socialize and have fun with other interns from throughout the world.

The Rochester area has much to offer. Read more about activities in the area.

Salary and Benefits

The minimum starting salary during the program is $17.47 an hour and is based on education level and experience. Benefits include:

  • An assigned email account for both job-related and personal use
  • Access to the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
  • Participation in Mayo Clinic-sponsored recreational programs
  • Discounted tickets to local and regional special events
Housing
While you have the choice of making your own housing arrangements, Mayo Clinic provides information on temporary housing options in Rochester.
Transportation and Parking

You will 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
What is my role as a Biomedical Statistics and Informatics summer intern at Mayo Clinic?
Undergraduate summer interns will have an opportunity to enhance their computer and statistical skills while working under the direction of a lead statistician on research projects conducted at Mayo Clinic. Graduate and Ph.D. interns will work under the direction of a lead statistician or lead bioinformatician and have the opportunity to contribute to research methodology as well as statistical and genomic analysis and interpretation. Staff members in the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics collaborate with investigators from almost every medical specialty, with major commitments in such diverse areas as oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychology and epidemiology.
What will I be expected to wear for the program?
Interns are expected to wear business casual attire.
When will I hear if I've been accepted into the summer program?
You will receive an email by May.
When does the summer program start?
The Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship begins in late May or early June, depending on candidate availability.
What is the difference between the summer internship and the long-term internship opportunity?
The division reserves two positions for interns interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience for an extended period of time, typically six to nine months. Applications for long-term opportunities are accepted throughout the year and are offered based on the division's needs and funding.
What schools have biomedical statistics and informatics employees and interns come from?
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Augsburg College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Clemson University
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Colorado State University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Grinnell College
  • Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Luther College
  • Macalester College
  • Marquette University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oberlin College
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Providence College
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saint Mary's University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • San Diego State University
  • São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo State, Brazil
  • South Dakota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. John's College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tulane University
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Dakar, Senegal
  • University of Florida
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Morris
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Pointv
  • Utah State University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Winona State Universityv
  • Wright State University

Eligibility

Eligible for the Biomedical Statistics and Informatics Internship in Rochester, Minnesota, are:

  • Undergraduate students who have completed their freshman year. Many internship candidates are seeking degrees in statistics, although applications from students in other bachelor-level mathematical programs are also received and considered.
  • Graduate students who have completed a B.S. degree and are enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. statistics or bioinformatics program.

Application process

Visit our Internships and Summer Opportunities page to view 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.

Applications for summer 2018 internships will be accepted from Dec. 4, 2017, through Jan. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact:

  • Bud Harris
    Human Resources
    Mayo Clinic
    5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85054
    Phone: 480-342-3493
    Email: harris.bud@mayo.edu