The Intern Experience

Interns that participate in the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) clinical research internship will contribute to meaningful research projects that have the potential to be published in respected peer-reviewed journals and presented at national cardiovascular conferences. The summer is capped off with a final poster presentation reception where interns present their impactful research, joined by nearly 150 guests, including their physician mentors.

Collaborating in a cohort of approximately 10 interns, together you are encouraged to explore what summers in Minnesota have to offer, such as Minnesota Twins games, visits to Mall of America, hiking and much more!


Unique to this internship is valuable time with your physician and staff research mentors, who will collaborate with you to conduct meaningful research directly in a clinical research environment. This experience takes place at the Twin Cities’ #1 hospital and the #14 hospital in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report. Observational opportunities include observing open-heart surgery, visiting the catheterization lab, wound clinic and much more!



Field Trips

A valuable feature of the Twin Cities is the number of medical device companies that were founded locally and remain in the area. Through your visits to these companies as well as to university laboratories and heart registry organizations, you will experience innovation firsthand. These exposures also enable you to learn about the wide variety of different career choices in the field of medicine.



Lunch and Learns

During semi-weekly Lunch and Learns, you will hear from Minneapolis Heart Institute® cardiologists and guest physicians, who discuss the latest learnings in cardiovascular prevention, treatment and care delivery in an intimate setting.



Poster Session

Throughout the summer, you will work on meaningful cardiovascular research. At the end of the summer, clinical research interns present their findings at a poster session for their mentors, staff, family and invited guests.



Summer Fun

The Twin Cities offer many fun summer recreational activities. Throughout the summer, you are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous lakes, hiking trails, restaurants and other entertainment destinations throughout the Twin Cities and beyond!


Quotes From Past Interns:

“My staff mentor was so knowledgeable and giving; she really made a difference to help me navigate the system and optimize my PI.”

“I learned a lot from the scientific services team, whether it was about statistics, organizing data or drawing conclusions.”

“When I first came, I didn’t fully know what a tremendous opportunity this would be.  The research and educational experiences were outstanding.  Then to join my physician with a patient and see how my research was connected was well beyond my expectations.”

 “Because of this experience, I was able to confirm my interest in becoming a doctor.  I also now have a better idea of whether I want, surgery vs clinic, etc. Also, I am now much more interested in making research a part of my career.”

“I was really struck by the collaboration not only at MHIF but at MHI as evidenced in the case conferences.  There was so much respect across the specialties; together, they found the right solution for the patient.  This is truly a special and exceptional place.” 

 “The approachability of the physicians and the insights about careers and medicine were a gift.”

“I felt part of a big, inclusive team versus being isolated doing lonely research.”