Center for Innovation

Center for Innovation

Think big. Start small. Move fast.

The Center for Innovation's mission is to transform the experience and delivery of health and health care with a human-centered focus. It utilizes a multidisciplinary team to frame problems, understand unmet needs, experiment, and design prototypes and novel solutions that are positioned to transform health care.

As an innovation intern, you work within our project teams with a focus on building skills in one or more areas, including primary and secondary design research, service design through collaboration within clinical settings, and rapid prototyping capabilities of process or products, while engaging in cross-functional roles throughout the Mayo Clinic practice.

If you are self-directed, adaptable, enthusiastic and interested in innovation for health care, you are invited to explore this opportunity!

The Center for Innovation Internship is an opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience while working with Mayo Clinic professionals.

Paid internships are available within the Center for Innovation for undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students. Three-month programs or semester programs are offered throughout the year depending on the availability of qualified students. Opportunities may be available to extend longer than a semester if you have an interest and Mayo Clinic has the capacity and project need.

We are looking for students who are interested in applying their skills within the health care space. The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation provides an opportunity in a multidisciplinary setting for any design, engineering or health care administration student to grow by applying their skills in "making" through a direct interface with users and their needs, including consumers, patients and health care providers.

Our team of over 50 staff — including service designers, project managers and innovation coordinators — represents backgrounds that include service design, industrial design, process design, health care administration, clinic operations and electrical engineering, to name a few.

Center for Innovation website

Learn more about innovation and design at Mayo Clinic or the types of projects you could be working on.

  • Improving the way care is delivered within the clinical practice
  • Developing tools or products to meet the needs of patients, providers or consumers
  • Participating in design-driven efforts to envision the future of health care
All interns begin with an orientation designed to acclimate them to Mayo Clinic and the Center for Innovation.

You have the opportunity to give and receive feedback throughout the internship. Discussions may include these topics:

  • Report on a project's status to your mentor or during project team meetings
  • Learn how your work is contributing to the organization
  • Participate in evaluating your strengths
  • Discuss areas needing growth and development
  • Get insight about what work lies ahead
  • Deliver a final report or presentation on internship learnings and projects
You are encouraged to broaden your experience by observing other departments and roles across the clinic for a day.
  • Hourly pay rate of $20
  • Work email account
  • Mayo Clinic-sponsored recreational programs
  • Discounted tickets to local and regional special events
  • Liability insurance while working

You will need to make your own arrangements for housing and 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 (Mayo Clinic pays for your bus pass) to the Mayo Clinic campus
  • Taking public bus transportation on Rochester Public Transit (Mayo Clinic pays for your bus pass) to the Mayo Clinic campus
  • Biking
  • Carpooling


Mayo Clinic seeks diverse candidates from undergraduate and graduate programs across the country for the Center for Innovation Internship.

Eligible candidates will be junior or senior undergraduate or master's level design students who have had or are looking for exposure to primary user research methods and how they can apply within a multidisciplinary innovation framework.

How to apply

Visit our Internships and Summer Opportunities webpage and search for "Innovation Internship" to see current openings.

You may also connect with a Mayo Clinic recruiter by emailing