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Should I bother applying to Summer III Mayo Clinic?

I don't mean to whine (it's a guy thing!), but with a current nursing GPA of 3.14, the 700 apps for I have worked in the health care field for about a year, but only as a transfer aide and filling in for the HUC. Otherwise, I've been a night manager for my family business for the past 10 years. Oh, I'm a junior working on my BSN and am 28 yrs old. My sister and brother-in-law work as RN's for Mayo (not that it helps).

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DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 9 years experience.

What have you got to lose? Just apply.

The pithy responses are usually the correct ones ;)

thanks

Always_Learning, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience.

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take"...how's that for pithy? LOL - But in all seriousness, I always regret the things I didn't do. I'd rather fail by trying than fail because I didn't put my hat in the ring.

Best of luck! :D

nrsgstudnt89

Specializes in Medical and Neuro Intermediate Units.

Hello,

I am applying to the Summer III nursing program at the Mayo clinic too. I am from Boston, MA. Are you more likely to get accepted if you are from MN? Or, is there no preference for in or out of state students?

I also have a 3.4 GPA. And, I work as a PCA for a woman at home. Do you think I have a good chance of getting in? IAlso, do we only need one reference from clinical faculty?

Any advice that anyone could provide would be so helpful. This really sounds like an AMAZING opportunity and I am soooo worried that my GPA is too low.

Thanks!!!

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 9 years experience.

DO IT! I would apply in a heartbeat but I am in an 2yr program.

nrsgstudnt89

Specializes in Medical and Neuro Intermediate Units.

Hello,

Are you responding to jmkeller81, or me...or both?

If you are responding to me, is it because you think my GPA is good enough? Or why else?

There must be other internships available to you? Have you tried student trained aid programs?

Thank you for your response! :)

nrsgstudnt89

Specializes in Medical and Neuro Intermediate Units.

jmkeller81, I really think you should apply! Your GPA is good and your extracurricular activities are amazing! I think that you should definitely apply! An outstanding recommendation would be great. I think that because of your experience you will stand out! Do you know what characteristics they are looking for...I ask because you stated that a family member works at the Mayo Clinic.

I am worried about being accepted because my GPA is not high enough to make up for my lack of extracurricular activities. I really have only worked as a PCA for a woman at home (paid by the Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts), worked as a camp counselor for two summer, part of a nursing club at school, and worked in retail.

The application is very simple. And, I know... 100 out of 700 is SO dismal! Let's hope that we are two of them :)

I'm wanting to apply to the Mayo Clinic Summer III program for this upcoming summer as well. I was just wondering what it takes to get accepted. I don't have an astounding list of community involvement or volunteer projects. I volunteer with my church college group and that's about it, but I'll have a 3.85 ish at the end of this semester, and I think I should get a pretty decent reference from my clinical instructor. So do I have a shot?

saza323, you seem to be obsessing over this whole Summer III thing. Just go ahead and apply, if you get in you get in. If you don't you don't. It won't be the end of the world. AND if you don't get it, it won't be because you aren't good enough. There are only so many spots available and at least 10 times that many that apply. The only ones that are going to know whether or not your GPA is good enough are the people that are reviewing the applications. Stressing over it isn't going to help. There are just some things that are just out of you control. I guess this goes for all of you that are considering applying. You will never know if you don't try. Good luck to all of you!

nrsgstudnt89

Specializes in Medical and Neuro Intermediate Units.

OrthoRN09,

Thank you for your response. Of course, I plan on applying! I am just trying to get an idea of what characteristics accepted students have. I'm just curious. I'm not stressed about it...I would say that I'm more excited about it. And, I wish I had known that there were so many awesome opportunities for nursing students earlier! :) Good luck everyone.

DO IT! I would apply in a heartbeat but I am in an 2yr program.

They do accept students from associate nursing programs. Dont let that fool you. There were several students in Associate of nursing programs that were accepted and were there this past summer.

Hello,

I am applying to the Summer III nursing program at the Mayo clinic too. I am from Boston, MA. Are you more likely to get accepted if you are from MN? Or, is there no preference for in or out of state students?

I also have a 3.4 GPA. And, I work as a PCA for a woman at home. Do you think I have a good chance of getting in? IAlso, do we only need one reference from clinical faculty?

Any advice that anyone could provide would be so helpful. This really sounds like an AMAZING opportunity and I am soooo worried that my GPA is too low.

Thanks!!!

I would go ahead and apply. Let me touch on a few point you made in your post:

Living in Boston: I am from northern Vermont and Maine. There were quite a few students from MN and Midwest, but they like to have DIVERSITY in there program and having someone from New England (I was the only one last year) wont hurt you, only help you.

Working as a PCA: It only helps. I was only working as a CNA for little over a year. Any work in the nursing, helps.

Your GPA: I heard of someones GPA being 3.3 while @ Mayo. 3.4 is strong and I wouldnt worry about your GPA being low, its one of several things they look at.

nrsgstudnt89

Specializes in Medical and Neuro Intermediate Units.

mursethorn,

Thank you for your response. That was very helpful and really boosted my confidence! I have just completed my application and am waiting for my clinical faculty reference to arrive in the mail. I am very excited and think that it's going to be a long wait to hear in February...even though it is so soon hehe. Did the application last year require 2 references? Because, this year's application only has one form. Thanks again and take care! :)

Hey guys good luck to all of you. I was a Summer III last year. Don't stress over with the GPA. Mayo Clinic has very strong core values. If they think that you have a good moral standing (as attested by your essay, experiences, leadership, and recommendation letter) and you can care from the heart, there's no reason not to take you.

They look at the "well-roundedness" of the person. GPA is just a footnote in the application/selection process.

Good luck :)

At Mayo, I was once told that anyone can learn the skills without a doubt; it's providing the best care in the world that is something your preceptor cannot teach you. It is something within your character. And that's what Mayo Clinic wants...somebody who can deliver care from the heart and the best customer service in the world.

Such a great and prestigious institution to work for. Good luck again.

gpa is used as an initial screening tool. recruiters also look at your overall experiences.

Can anyone with at least 2 semesters of clinicals apply? For instance, someone in there third year of school or a graduating senior? I couldn't find a definite answer on the website.

I just got accepted as a nurse intern this summer for mayo clinic on eau Claire, WI. I would always say apply to things otherwise you'll never get anything!! I have a gpa 3.6 but no experience working in healthcare, no extracurricular activities, just really wanted the spot. I put a lot of time in on my resume and cover letter utilizing people who I knew were good at those type of things. My resume was nothing extremely impressive, just server and clinical experience but I was sure to add a little extra to the standard where I could, such as I assisted with activities of daily living while promoting independence. i spent time looking at mayos website and making sure i addressed in my resume and cv exactly what they were looking for, so that i seemed like a natural fit for the job. I think the time spent on my cover letter really helped me along with email contact with the hr rep with questions and being sure to give her a huge thanks for her help and letting her know how eager i was for the position. I also spent hours preparing for my interview questions and making sure i looked professional. During the interview, i made sure i was bright and confident and conveyed how eager i was to learn and how rewarding nursing was for me. Last but not least, thank you cards after the interview ;) i hope this was at least a little bit helpful and not a rant but i didn't think i had a chance, went for it anyway, you never know what will happen!!! Be proactive :)

I got into the program no problem and my GPA is lot lower than some of you guys'. I only have a 3.3.

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