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Clinical Pastoral Education Internship (Minnesota)

Note: The Clinical Pastoral Education Internship will not be accepting applications for the summer 2015 internship.

Program description

The Clinical Pastoral Education Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is an 11-week intensive summer program. It begins the first week of June and continues into the middle of August.

Interns in clinical pastoral education are most often seminarians or graduate-level theology students who have completed at least one or two years of theological education.


The clinical pastoral education programs at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
    • 1 W. Court Square, Suite 325
      Decatur, GA 30030
    • Phone: 404-320-1472
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This accrediting agency has authorized Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, which includes the Saint Marys campus and Methodist campus, to carry on training programs under its auspices. The programs undergo annual evaluations and an intensive reaccreditation process regularly.

Mayo Clinic's Clinical Pastoral Education Internship is accredited to offer Level I and Level II ACPE training.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Clinical Pastoral Education interns learn and practice at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, which includes the Saint Marys campus and Methodist campus.

Graduation and certification

When you successfully complete the Clinical Pastoral Education Internship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Students who complete the internship are eligible to apply for accredited clinical pastoral education residencies, including the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Mayo Clinic.


For the majority of the classroom instruction, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Interns work with Mayo Clinic Department of Chaplain Services staff to provide on-call ministry for the inpatient and outpatient services of Mayo Clinic. You participate in all service shifts, including days, evenings, nights and weekend on-call coverage. Worship and preaching opportunities are part of the weekend schedule.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits six students to its Clinical Pastoral Education Internship. Class sizes and clinical groups are small, and one-on-one instruction is provided.

  • Dec 19, 2014
  • ART166491