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To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

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  • Apply through the NIH Summer Internship Program application (opens mid-November through March 1 each year)
  • Selected students will be notified by May and must participate in the program for eight, uninterrupted weeks (June 12-August 4, 2023)

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Clinical Research Internship Program

Developing and empowering the next generation of cardiovascular health professionals through a cutting-edge research internship program.

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Educating the Next Generation

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) offers one of the most outstanding and unique internship opportunities available to undergraduates who are pre-med or planning a career in medicine. The goal of the research internship program is to develop and empower the next generation of cardiovascular health professionals by offering a robust research experience in the field of cardiology.

During this unique educational experience, the research intern is paired with a physician mentor who is actively engaged as a clinician and researcher at a nationally recognized hospital. At the conclusion of the program, the interns will showcase their research work at an open house and poster session. Many projects result in the intern having the opportunity to be an author on an article published in a national scientific journal. Some interns also have the opportunity to present their work at a national cardiovascular conference.

This internship is made possible thanks to philanthropic support from generous donors.

2023 Interns

Research Internship Details

Research Internship Overview

Be a part of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s exceptional 12-week cardiovascular clinical research internship designed for undergraduate students who are pre-med or planning a career in medicine. During this unique educational experience you will be paired with a physician mentor who is actively engaged as a clinician and researcher at a nationally recognized hospital. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in groundbreaking cardiovascular research
  • Shadow a physician mentor in hospital rounds, watch procedures and listen as care teams discuss cases.
  • Observe an open-heart procedure.
  • Attend case conferences where cross-functional care teams discuss difficult cases.
  • Shadow cardiovascular nurses in the ICU and post-surgical care area.
  • Observe leading-edge cardiovascular diagnostic services.
  • Reflect on your career options while hearing physicians’ candid stories of career journeys and passions during lunch and learns.
  • Participate in interactive medical device industry tours and a hands-on tour of cardiovascular specimens at a nationally renowned heart registry.

At the conclusion of the internship, you will showcase your research work at an open house and poster session. Many projects result in the intern having the opportunity to be an author on an article published in a national scientific journal. Some interns will also have the opportunity to present their work at a national cardiovascular conference.

Location:  On the campus of the flagship hospital of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Program dates:  May 22 - August 9, 2024

Compensation:  A $550 per week stipend paid bi-weekly to assist with expenses for housing and living expenses (no direct housing provided). Scholarship opportunities may be available for accepted applicants who need further support for travel or living expenses.

Application Opens: November 10, 2023

Deadline: January 3, 2024

Selection Notification: March 4, 2024

Program Dates: May 22 - August 9, 2024


  • Undergraduate or recent graduate from a four-year college and not yet accepted to medical school. Preference will be given to those who have completed their junior year by the start of the research internship. Strong applicants who have completed their sophomore year or just graduated from college may also be considered.
  • Must be enrolled in or a very recent graduate from an accredited degree program and not yet accepted to medical school.
  • GPA of 3.60 or above.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or have Permanent Resident status (be able to provide proof of employability through completion of the I-9 Form).
  • The program welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, including but not limited to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals, individuals who are historically underrepresented in health-related sciences and medical fields, individuals who face greater obstacles to educational achievements and individuals who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the health-related sciences and medical fields.
  • Must be able to complete 8-12 hours of independent, online CITI training (basic training required to participate in human subjects/clinical research) by April 30.
  • Available to participate full-time (at least 40 hours per week) in the internship May 22 through August 9, 2024.

Steps Before You Apply

  • Review the sample  application PDF  and prepare responses to the short answer and essay questions. Please note: this is an example and the application for the next cohort may change.
  • Write a personal motivation statement (3,500 characters including spaces).
  • Prepare a one-page resume (save as PDF or Word doc with file name First Name_Last Name).
  • Note that you will have the opportunity to make changes to your application before submitting.

Program Components

In preparing for a career in medicine, this experience will position you well through a unique opportunity to participate in cardiovascular clinical research, shadow clinicians in action and witness everything from a routine day to extraordinary life-saving procedures.

  • Orientation:  Three days of orientation will prepare you for your research project, ground you in cardiovascular essentials and introduce you to the colleagues you will be working with, including your research physician, staff mentor and fellow interns.
  • Research project:  You will be paired with a physician who is the Principal Investigator on a research project and a staff mentor. In addition to capturing data from the electronic health record, organizing and analyzing the data and preparing conclusions, you may also write case reports and support other research projects.
  • Observations:  To provide you with exposure to what a career is really like in the field of medicine, you will observe various cardiovascular procedures, shadow healthcare professionals and visit cardiovascular related departments at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Additionally, interns shadow healthcare professionals in the ICU and post-procedural care areas.
  • Field Trips:  Minneapolis is a hub for headquarters of major medical device companies and start-ups. You will have custom tours of some major medical device companies, the renowned Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota and the Jesse E. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease. This registry is a repository for heart specimens of almost every known type of heart disease, including rare congenital and adult heart diseases.
  • Poster Session:  The culminating event of the research internship program, you will display your outcomes on a research poster and present to mentors, other medical professionals, MHIF board members, family and friends.
  • Cohort Activities:  The internship draws talent from across the country. Many interns gain friends for life through their summer experience in Minneapolis. In addition to MHIF-organized activities, interns plan activities for the weekends. Past interns have enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, BBQs and exploring the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you typically receive? 150-250 each year.

How many research interns are accepted? 7-9 new interns plus one lead intern from the previous cohort.

Should I apply if my GPA is below 3.6? A 3.6 GPA or above is highly preferred. The application has a space to explain extenuating circumstances.

Is a social security number (SSN) required to participate in this research internship? Yes, a SSN is required by the US Internal Revenue Service of all employers who report wages (stipend). Further information regarding SSNs can be found on the  Social Security fact page .

Can I submit a letter of recommendation with my application? No. The online application with an attached resume are the accepted items.

The academic calendar for my school ends after Memorial Day or starts before the research internship program ends. Can I still apply? Interns are to be available to participate full-time in the internship from May 22 through August 9, 2024 with the first three days of orientation being key to a successful internship. Explain your circumstances in the eligibility section for consideration.

I anticipate attending summer classes. Can I still apply? This research internship is a full-time endeavor. It is not advised to apply.

What are the typical days/hours for this internship? What if I have a conflict? The internship program begins May 22 and ends August 9. MHIF is closed on May 27 for Memorial Day, June 19 and July 4. If interns have an important conflict, it should be pre-approved and should be limited to no more than 1-2 business days during the internship.

Core intern work days/hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Projects may require additional hours as deadlines approach. There are also some evening events or early morning observations.

I will be applying to medical school or doing medical school interviews during the summer. Can I still apply? Completing medical school applications is acceptable and needs to be completed outside of the research internship work hours. Attending medical school interviews are possible as long as the intern fulfills the expectations for the internship, which can require additional hours over and above scheduled work hours.

What statistical and software skills are needed? Interns will be using statistical software (including R), Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to build and maintain data dictionaries, do data cleaning, data validation, data verification, and work with demographic data. While some training will be provided, a working knowledge of these tools will be helpful.

Do you provide housing support? Generally we are not able to offer housing support. However, we share intern contact information for roommate collaborations and recommend researching the University of Minnesota campus (approximately two miles away), Facebook and Craigslist for short-term rental or sublet options. Scholarship opportunities may be available for accepted applicants who need housing/transportation support.

Can I apply again, if I am not selected this time? Yes, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

Where can send a question if my question is not answered here? Email   [email protected]

2024 Internship Application

Applications for the 2024 internship are closed. Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in November - keep watch for more details.

Cheers to 20 Years of Interns!

During the past 20 years, 235 clinical research interns have contributed to 223 posters and presentations at national scientific sessions, 219 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 59% of former interns are now practicing physicians !

In celebration of this 20-year landmark, we were excited to reconnect with Dr. Aaron Tande, MD , who was part of our first internship program in 2002 . Hear what Aaron has to say about his internship experience 20 years later:

Intern Program Highlights

Since 2002, 235 research interns have contributed to….

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223 posters and presentations at national scientific sessions

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219 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Where are they now.

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59% are physicians

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19% are in medical school

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12% are in healthcare related fields

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5% are in pre-medical studies

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5% are in non-healthcare fields

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<1% are unknown

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Intern Experience

During the summer research internship, interns will be exposed to a vast array of clinical research and educational experiences. They will be matched with a physician and staff mentor, who will guide them through a clinical research project throughout the summer. This valuable exposure takes place at a nationally ranked and award-winning hospital, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In addition to many observations of surgery and procedures in the hospital, interns will embark on several field trips to destinations including the University of Minnesota Heart Lab, medical device companies and research organizations. Weekly Lunch and Learn presentations from the renowned cardiologists at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and other guest speakers will offer exposure to the wide range of research happening at MHIF and unique career paths.

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Intern Program Donors

This cutting-edge educational experience is made possible by the generous contributions of individual donors, local foundations and industry organizations who share in the belief that hands-on experience is critical for tomorrow’s leaders. Financial support from donors means interns can work with both a staff and a physician mentor to learn about the research process and cardiology.

Thank you to the following generous donors for their contributions to the MHIF Internship Program:

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Help fund the next generation of cardiovascular experts!

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you , we can continue this life-saving work. Please make a gift to support the area of greatest need.

Research Milestone: FDA approval of the TriClip™

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A new treatment for leaky tricuspid valves has been approved by the FDA. This new therapy is available for patients living with the debilitating effects of tricuspid regurgitation. We were proud to be a leading clinical site led by Global PI Dr. Paul Sorajja and the MHIF research team who contributed significant data to the pivotal trial – and going back to the first patient to have access to this technology through research.


An internship at ICON is a great option for anyone looking to gain practical experience in their desired field.  

Not only does it provide an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, but it also allows for networking with professionals in the industry. Internships can also serve as a valuable addition to a resume, showing potential employers that the individual has real-world experience and is committed to their chosen career path. 

Additionally, internships often give insight into the day-to-day workings of a company, providing valuable knowledge that cannot be gained through traditional classroom education.

Overall, internships are an excellent way to gain experience, build a professional network, and stand out in a competitive job market.

Our 2023 EPIC Summer interns enjoying networking in the office with our CEO, Steve Cutler and other ICON Leaders.

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Accellacare Internships - North America

Accellacare provides internships annually. Interns work an average of 15 hours a week from August through to April, where they are trained on site processes, providing support to our coordinators. Accellacare Interns are able to ramp up more quickly than average employees because they gain a strong foundation of knowledge regarding research terminology, regulatory processes, good clinical practice, and more through the internship. On average, 40% of ICON’s Accellacare interns convert to full-time roles.

ICON’s EPIC (Entry Level Professionals in CRO) Summer Internship - US, Mexico, India, Bulgaria, Poland, UK, Spain

ICON hosts a 10-week paid summer internship in North America where interns have the opportunity to learn from Senior Leaders while helping achieve organisational goals. Incumbents attend sessions designed to enrich their knowledge of the clinical research industry, the drug development process, and the corporate structure of a global company. Internships are available in various departments, from project support to technology and corporate support. On average, 35% of ICON’s EPIC interns convert to full-time roles at the company. Recruitment for EPIC Summer Internships launches each spring, and internships begin in June.

EXCEL (Exploratory Clinical Experience and Learning) Internships - North America

ICON’s US Clinical Delivery IBT Department offers the Exploratory Clinical Experience and Learning (EXCEL) internship. The EXCEL program runs across two academic semesters from September – April for individuals pursuing a degree (Bachelors and Masters eligible) in Clinical Research or Drug Development. This experiential learning internship provides a rotation of opportunities across the clinical delivery team, including but not limited to: study start up, site management, monitoring, project management, and trial master file management. On average, 50% of ICON’s EXCEL interns convert to full-time roles. Recruitment for EXCEL’s Internship Program launches each spring, which includes a screening and interview process for each applicant.

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EPIC Internship Program

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My career has developed exponentially since my internship. I was hired as an entry level Site Activation Specialist and have worked my way up to a Site Management Associate 2 in under two years of full time employment. I also had the opportunity to become a Subject Matter Expert for a companywide initiative and received many outstanding spotlights for my performance. I fully believe that without my time as an intern at ICON/Legacy-PRA that I would not be where I am today. I am so grateful to this company for allowing me to learn and grow with their support.

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Clinical Research Internship Study Program (Florida)

Program overview.

Program length: 10 weeks Location : Jacksonville, Florida Stipend: $3,000

This internship is a paid 10-week summer program that gives college students an opportunity to participate in clinical research. This is a great way for you to test your inclination toward careers in medicine, health care, and science. You are placed with a faculty mentor to work on a clinical research project.

What is clinical research?

Clinical research represents a broad array of scientific studies and trials that help doctors and the healthcare team learn more about human disease, behavior, and treatments. It is typically differentiated from discovery science or "basic science research" in that there is not a wet lab or bench component. Varying methodologies and approaches may include, but are not limited to:

  • Observational studies
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Retrospective studies
  • Case series or reports
  • Clinical trials
  • Quality studies

Most CRISP students work with their faculty mentors in a largely computer-based or chart review manner to work on their research project.

A faculty mentor directs each student's Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP) learning experience for the research project. The Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects.

To successfully complete the program, you must:

  • Comply with all program and institutional policies
  • Participate in an ongoing research investigation
  • Develop skills in research methodology
  • Participate in assigned educational activities
  • Present a written summary and oral presentation of their research at the end of the program

CRISP students work on a variety of research topics. Some examples of previous projects:

  • Injury in marathon runners
  • Aortic aneurysm and smoking
  • Liver transplant in patients older than 70
  • Warfarin anticoagulation in acute intracranial hemorrhage
  • Screw placement in the spine using 3-D images

You are expected to attend our lecture series aimed at helping to develop your professionalism.

You are expected to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to be at Mayo Clinic to work on your research project.

Application process

Applications will open Nov. 1 and will close Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Summer 2024 match

  • The summer 2024 match is for May 28, 2024, through Aug. 2, 2024
  • All students accepted into the program must be available on the first day to attend the mandatory orientation — no exceptions will be given


To be eligible for the internship, you must:

  • Recent graduates should typically have graduated no longer than 13 months prior to CRISP start date
  • A limited number of spots may be awarded to exceptional applicants in professional degree-seeking programs
  • Have completed your freshman year of college prior to the start of the program
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be seriously considering a career in health care or clinical research

Applicants are selected based on academic performance, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic Office of Non-Clinical Programs is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. nationals
  • Lawful permanent residents
  • Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the  Educational Testing Service .

The Mayo Clinic Office of Non-Clinical Programs code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the  National Association of Credential Evaluation Services  for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  • School of Study - Office of Non-Clinical Education Programs
  • Area of Interest - Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP)
  • Once logged on, select "Create a New Application"
  • Select "Start a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Experience Application"
  • Complete each section of the application and submit
  • Select the "View" button next to your application 
  • Upload your supplemental items
  • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • In 500 words or less, write about your career goals and why you would be a good candidate for the program. To assist in the match, identify your specific research interests.
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area. 
  • Recent CV/resume
  • One letter of recommendation is required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. The recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a letter.
  • Professional: References should be individuals who are/were an authority figure in your current/previous schooling or place of employment (i.e. supervisor, teacher)

Tuition and financial aid

Mayo Clinic Office of Non-Clinical Programs does not charge tuition or fees for the internship. A stipend of $3,000 will be provided for the experience. 

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment during the program if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.

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