Posted: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
The Summer Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research provides students with a mentored research experience that assists them in preparing for careers in health care, science, law or bioethics.
Students in the summer program develop research skills that include empirical research methods, study design, data collection and analysis, and scholarly writing, and learn how to apply these skills to bioethics research. Students also develop professional skills and gain a familiarity with current and seminal topics in bioethics and timely ethical issues in the health care setting.
Students are expected to dedicate 40 hours a week to a combination of research and educational activities. Each student is placed with a faculty mentor to work on a particular ethics research project for about 10 weeks starting in late May or early June.
In addition to conducting mentored research, students participate in a biomedical ethics education curriculum led by expert faculty in a small group, discussion-based setting. Clinical and nonclinical researchers lead these weekly discussions.
Students have the opportunity to shadow physicians, clinical ethics consultants and other health care professionals depending on their areas of interest.
To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Graduating seniors also are eligible to apply. Students must have the authorization to work and remain in the United States without Mayo Clinic visa sponsorship. All students must pass a background check and a post-offer placement assessment before their start date.
The successful applicants must be:
Committed to pursuing a career in which they plan to engage in topics in biomedical ethics
Able to work independently
Skilled in written and oral communication
Highly motivated to learn new research methods
Applications are now being taken for summer 2020.
Applicants must apply to job posting Bioethics Intern Limited Tenure job posting 120357BR on the Mayo Clinic jobs website by Jan. 10, 2020.
Candidates must attach these documents to the online application:
Cover letter describing your career goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those goals.
Resume or CV that includes your major, relevant coursework, honors and related experiences.
A five- to 10-page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in biomedical ethics.
Current college transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable).
Candidates must also provide two letters of recommendation from research mentors or undergraduate professors. The letters should be emailed to email@example.com. Address letters to Richard Sharp, Ph.D., Director, Biomedical Ethics Research Program.
Top applicants will be invited to participate in a brief phone interview to discuss specific skills and areas of research interest.
For more information or if you have specific questions, contact our education staff at 507-538-1433 or email us.