Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a 12-, 18- or 32-week Social Work Internship for graduate and undergraduate social work students at Mayo Clinic facilities throughout the Midwest.

The Social Work Internship provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent social worker.

As a Mayo Clinic social work intern, you evaluate and intervene with patients and their families who are experiencing chronic, acute and terminal illnesses. Social workers are part of the interdisciplinary teams covering medical, surgical and psychiatric settings.

Through individual and group work, you may provide services related to organ transplantation, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease and mental health, as well as advise family caregivers and assist with patient discharges.

The Social Work Internship is offered on two academic tracks:

Master's in social work (MSW) track

This internship provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to deliver comprehensive services in both clinic and hospital settings. Master's-level social work students work with multidisciplinary teams to assess, diagnose and intervene with patients and families experiencing complex medical and psychosocial challenges.

Students in the MSW track may learn under field instructors at Mayo Clinic facilities that include:

Bachelor in social work (BSW) track

This internship provides opportunities to develop social work practice skills and professional competency in the medical setting. Bachelor-level social work interns will work with multidisciplinary teams to assess patients and families in the medical setting, and provide relevant counseling, resources and support.

Students in the BSW track may practice under field instructors at several Mayo Clinic Health System locations, including:

Mission and vision

  • Mission. The Social Work Internship provides students with an excellent social work internship experience while they interact in a multidisciplinary team setting at Mayo Clinic.
  • Vision. Pioneering cutting-edge social work education.


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Students in the MSW and BSW tracks have internship opportunities at Mayo Clinic Health System locations throughout the Midwest. These locations include community hospitals and clinics staffed by Mayo Clinic physicians that provide primary and specialty care to their communities, while working closely with Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, for complex care needs. These locations enable Mayo Clinic to provide the right care at the right time and right place for patients throughout the region.

The education sites for the MSW track internship include Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, an internationally respected medical center. Patients travel to Mayo Clinic from throughout the nation and the world. This diverse patient population provides the opportunity to refine your clinical social work skills.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Social Work Internship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and join the school's alumni.


Hours may vary and are based upon program length. Student internship hours are coordinated with program faculty, and are generally completed on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Class size

Each calendar year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to 28 students to its Social Work Internship in the Midwest region. This ensures that students receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience. The number of students admitted to the program and location of internship positions will vary based on faculty availability.

Oct. 31, 2016