The Occupational Therapy Internship prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics and private practice.

Through patient care responsibilities and clinical experiences, this internship offers rotations in:

  • Acute care. Treating diagnoses ranging from generalized weakness to complex organ transplant rehabilitation, including in the intensive care unit and critical care unit.
  • Rehabilitation. Helping patients who can benefit from daily therapy by multiple disciplines and therapy types, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.
  • Orthopedics. Treating inpatients with orthopedic limitations.
  • Hospital-based outpatient occupational therapy and hand therapy. Treating patients who require outpatient therapy one to five times a week. Some unique treatments provided are for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig's disease), vestibular visual perception and complex hand diagnoses.

You gain experience in treating patients with special occupational therapy needs that may include:

  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Back-related symptoms evaluation and treatment
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including shoulder and knee problems
  • Neck pain evaluation and treatment
  • Postmastectomy lymphedema management
  • Rehabilitation of disabling neurological conditions
  • Rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Trunk or extremity bracing problems
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Didactic experiences

Weekly classes cover current trends in occupational therapy. These learning experiences may include lectures, workshops, in-service training, case studies, field trips and informal discussions.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

March 05, 2015