Engineering

Engineering

Undergraduate Internships

The Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering offers undergraduate internships to students who have completed two years of an engineering curriculum, such as electrical, mechanical, software, chemical or biomedical engineering.

While the goal of the internship is to provide exposure to a diverse cross section of engineering and development activities, the actual work done by interns is highly dependent on the work that is ongoing within the Division of Engineering at the time of the internship.

Ultimately, a successful internship involves having the intern experience a wide range of activities, including project initiation, conceptual and detailed product design, testing, deployment, and project closure.


Graduate Internships

Graduate internships within the Division of Engineering are for students enrolled in a graduate-level engineering program. While the undergraduate internship seeks to expose students to a broad set of engineering activities, the graduate internship focuses on a specific assignment related to a system or device being developed within the Division of Engineering.

A successful graduate internship allows the intern to participate in activities such as modeling or simulation, analysis, conceptual design, and solid modeling or circuit design, all leading to an actual product being delivered to our medical staff.

Undergraduate Internships

Undergraduate interns are assigned to shadow engineers and participate in engineering activities, such as:

  • Investigating new project requests
  • Interacting with physicians and researchers
  • Researching different technologies and options for solving problems
  • Participating in design meetings and project reviews
  • Testing and documentation of components or even entire systems
  • Gaining exposure to design tools, such as our 3-D solid modeling tools, schematic capture and board layout tools, and modeling and simulation tools
  • Participating in simple fabrication and assembly of devices and systems
  • Deploying devices and working on project retrospective activities

Mentors

Each intern is assigned to a supervisor, typically one of the unit heads within the Division of Engineering. The interns work with a number of different engineers within the division, who are responsible for giving the intern technical direction and ensuring successful completion of the assignments.

Final Presentation

At the end of the Engineering Internship, the intern is asked to prepare a retrospective of his or her internship activities and present this information at a division meeting. This presentation is a Mayo Clinic requirement and may be in addition to any academic requirements for papers or presentations.

Graduate Internships

Graduate interns are assigned to activities by current engineering staff. Once assigned to a project, the first challenge is to determine a project approach. The intern typically reviews literature and prior projects, working with physicians, researchers and engineering staff to select an approach that will lead to a successful project.

The intern is assigned to work with one of our engineers, who acts as the intern’s on-site adviser. The intern works within one of our project teams and is responsible for providing time estimates and progress reports.

Final Presentation

At the end of the internship, the intern is asked to prepare a retrospective of his or her internship activities and present this information at a division meeting. Interns also aid the project technical leaders in transitioning the uncompleted portions of their work to division staff. These are Mayo Clinic requirements and may be in addition to any academic requirements for papers or presentations.

Application Process

Undergraduate and graduate openings for the Engineering Internship are posted in our job listings in January or February each year.

Visit our Internships and Summer Opportunities Web page for available internship positions. For more information, contact: