Mayo Innovation Scholars

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is an innovative experiential learning opportunity for students at participating private colleges and universities in Minnesota to give students first-hand research and marketability analysis experience with leading Mayo inventors and researchers. Research project are assigned to teams that ultimately assist Mayo Clinic Ventures in the assessment of ideas for new products submitted by Mayo Clinic researchers

Interested juniors and seniors majoring in either science, nursing, or business may apply for an internship position with the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Junior (16 credits) or senior academic status
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Science, Nursing, or Economics/Management major
  • Acceptance of the terms of the Gustavus Honor Code
  • Students who are on any type of Gustavus Adolphus College probation shall not be eligible for a Mayo Innovation Scholars Program Internship

Internship Schedule
Last week of October - Mandatory Orientation Meeting at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
November - Start assigned reserach project
January - Work intensively on reserach project
Early March - Conclude work
End of March - Conference Presentation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Gustavus Interns are expected to register for either a January Interim Career Exploration credit or a Spring Semester internship credit.
Interns will receive a $1000 stipend upon completion of the internship, and will be reimbursed for the cost of required travel to Rochester.

Application Information


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:
Vince Thomas, Internship Director                              507-933-7509 vthomas2@gustavus.edu
Sanjive Qazi, Biology Faculty                                    507-933-6319 sqazi@gustavus.edu
Bruce Johnson, Economics/Management Faculty       507-933-7011 bruce@gustavus.edu

The Program is a collaborative venture of Mayo Clinic Ventures, The Minnesota Private College Consortium, and The Medtronic Foundation. For additional information, please see www.mnprivatecolleges.org/members/mayo-innovation-scholars