student training experience program

University of Minnesota Rochester and Riverland Community College students can spend up to three semesters gaining firsthand biomedical research experience at The Hormel Institute.


The Student Training Experience Program (STEP) partners with the University of Minnesota Rochester and Riverland Community College students, who will intern for up to three consecutive semesters at The Hormel Institute.

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STEP internships will allow students an opportunity to apply knowledge learned through coursework and gain practical experience within their research field. Interns will be provided with opportunities to gain biomedical research experience, enhance professional development, and increase their understanding of and appreciation for research and science professions.

It is strongly encouraged interns participate in the program for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring), with the third summer semester being optional. 

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STEP: At a Glance

Open to eligible University of Minnesota Rochester students

Intern at The Hormel Institute for up to three consecutive semesters
Gain hands-on biomedical research experience
Apply knowledge learned through coursework to a research setting
Professional development opportunities

Who is eligible for STEP? How do I apply?

To be eligible for STEP, prospective interns must satisfy the following required qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent 
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction in English 
  • Enrolled at University of Minnesota Rochester — after hired, students must enroll in UMR course: CLI 4394 for 2 credits

The following qualifications are preferred: 

  •   Prior laboratory experience
  •   Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail

How to apply:

Applications are now open.

Student positions are a form of financial support while pursuing an education at the University of Minnesota. Applications must be submitted through the U of M jobs website at