To apply for the Medical Social Services Graduate Internship Program, you must be enrolled in a master's degree social work program and have prior field experience. It is suggested that all thesis and course work be completed prior to the residency program.
You are expected to know the biopsychosocial aspects of human behavior and social work practice principles. You also must have effective communication skills and the motivation to contribute in an interdisciplinary medical setting.
Applicants are not selected based on grades alone, but your college/university cumulative grade point average should be at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).
Policies and Responsibilities
The following Mayo School of Health Sciences' policies affect applications and admissions to its programs:
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential to succeed in the program and to ensure patient safety. If English is a second language, you must be able to demonstrate fluency. Satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination or the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency must be documented as proof of fluency. Your test results must be less than two years old.
For the protection of patients, students and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires students to be properly immunized. You must show proof of the following immunizations before you begin a program at Mayo School of Health Sciences:
- Tuberculin test in the past six months
- Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
- Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
- Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declaration
Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to Mayo Employee Health Service prior to the start of class.
Prospective interns undergo a health review at Mayo Clinic and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations cited above. More information about the health will be provided after you have been offered a program appointment. Appointment to the program depends upon successful completion of the health.
Students must have medical insurance coverage during their program. Evidence of medical coverage must be provided when your educational program begins.
Prospective students must pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening required by state laws, prior to enrollment to Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Mayo School of Health Sciences' students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and assigned clinical rotations unless an absence is approved.
You must maintain a grade of "B" or above in each element of your academic and clinical performance. Independent course work may be required for any area of deficiency.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.
Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue. Applicants to programs must possess the following general qualities:
- Critical thinking skills
- Sound judgment
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Empathy for others
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.