Student Nurse Extern
Summer Program

Student Nurse Extern Summer Program

The Student Nurse Extern Summer Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, offers nursing students an opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in a high-acuity and diverse patient population. The program is offered over an 8 week period during the summer. For current application dates use our automated information line at 480-342-0850.

Note: This is an unpaid educational program.

During your Student Nurse Extern Summer Program experience, you'll be an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team and work alongside registered nurses at Mayo Clinic Hospital. Nurse extern opportunities are available in all inpatient clinical areas.

You will also have access to medical libraries and be welcome to participate in Mayo-sponsored continuing education activities, such as Grand Rounds and numerous other programs.

Magnet Status

Mayo Clinic locations in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona, have been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Magnet Nursing Status locations.

Past Participant Feedback

"This program is great! I'd already suspected that Mayo was a great hospital, and my experience here has been so positive. It has really been wonderful."

"This is an awesome program, an awesome hospital and an awesome staff from top to bottom. I felt welcomed and prepared the second I walked in the door. Thank you!"

"I would recommend this program to anyone. The employees here are so wonderful, and I learned a lot. This experience made me happy that I chose nursing as a career."

Student Nurse Extern Summer Program participants work three 12-hour shifts each week, including every other weekend. Schedules are posted in advance, and your schedule will be designed so that you can shadow your assigned preceptor. Typically, shifts are:
  • 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Mayo Clinic Hospital is a 280-bed, multispecialty acute care facility. An electronic medical record is used for all nursing documentation. The Student Nurse Extern Summer Program provides clinical experiences in these areas (subject to change):
  • Emergency medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine provides emergency care to patients of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds with a focus on medical, surgical, cardiac, stroke and transplant populations.
  • Intensive care. The 30-bed intensive care unit is a specialized area that provides care for people with a variety of medical and surgical needs, including heart, liver, pancreas and kidney transplants.
  • Intermediate care and transplant. A 24-bed intermediate care unit and 12-bed medical-surgical unit serve medical and surgical patients with a particular focus on solid organ transplants. Intermediate care is a multispecialty unit for patients who require more monitoring than is available on the medical-surgical floors but do not require intensive care.
  • Orthopedics, urology and rehabilitation. With 33 medical-surgical beds and 7 rehabilitation beds, this unit specializes in the acute medical and postoperative care of people who've undergone orthopedic or urologic surgery, as well as those in the acute rehabilitative phase of their recovery.
  • Medical-surgical care. This 36-bed unit provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for adult and geriatric patients, and occasionally adolescent patients. The unit also serves people needing colorectal surgery, gynecological surgery and palliative care.
  • Hematology-oncology. This 24-bed unit provides care for people with cancer.
  • Blood and marrow transplant. This 30-bed unit provides care for blood and marrow transplant patients.
  • Cardiovascular progressive care. Specializing in the care of people with cardiovascular diseases, this 36-bed unit includes heart transplant patients and those with ventricular assist devices.
  • Neurology, neurosurgery, and ear, nose and throat. This is a 36-bed unit that cares for people with neurological conditions and ear, nose and throat diseases, as well as people undergoing neurosurgery.

Nursing staff at Mayo Clinic Hospital wear navy blue scrubs. Shoes can be white, navy or black. Acquiring and caring for uniforms is your responsibility.

You will also be required to wear a Mayo Clinic name badge, which will be provided at the start of the program.

You are responsible for housing and relocation expenses.
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What do I need to attach to my electronic application to be considered?
Please attach a complete resume with clinical information and current unofficial transcripts that show your overall cumulative GPA. See “How to Apply” section below to learn more.
As you complete the application and move through each section, you will come to the attachments tab, which is where you can attach your resume, cover letter and transcripts.
A letter of reference is not required, but you may attach one if you wish.
You should be able to view your attachments by logging back into your profile and going to the attachments tab. Your transcripts must be current and up to date.
No, you are applying to the program. If selected for an interview, you will be able to identify your preferences at that time. If offered a position, you will be notified of specific information regarding unit and shift.
Please log in to your jobs profile to view your application status.
You will be contacted as soon as a decision has been determined.
If you have other questions about the Student Nurse Extern Summer Program, please contact our automated AZ Department of Nursing Information line at 480-342-0850.


To participate in the Student Nurse Extern Summer Program you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a program at a school of nursing accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accrediation Commission for Education in Nursing, formerly NLN)
  • Be completing your junior year of a baccalaureate program in nursing and have completed two semesters of clinical nursing experience by the start of the program
  • Current Mayo employees in an associate's degree program may be considered but must be graduating in December or May following the program
  • Be available for a full eight-week assignment
  • Meet Mayo Clinic job-related health requirements
  • Have a satisfactory academic record
  • Have current Basic Life Support certification

Application process

Please search for "Student Nurse Extern Summer Program" on our Careers homepage.

As you apply online, have these documents accessible since they must be attached for your application to be considered:

  • Resume. Your resume must include your clinical rotation information.
  • Transcripts. This must be a current, up-to-date copy of your transcripts. Obtain your transcripts prior to applying so that you can attach them to your online application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.