Mayo Clinic occupational therapist working with patient

As an occupational therapy intern, you study and work on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The Occupational Therapy Internship prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics and private practice.

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

  • Acute care complex medical conditions
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Cardiac care
  • Cognitive and safety evaluations
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including shoulder and knee problems
  • Orthopedic trauma and general orthopedic needs
  • Postmastectomy lymphedema management
  • Rehabilitation of disabling neurological conditions
  • Rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Trunk or extremity bracing problems
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Practice areas

Mayo Clinic offers occupational therapy internships in these practice areas:

Didactic experiences

Educational sessions covering current trends in occupational therapy are periodically offered with student participation welcomed. These learning experiences may include lectures, workshops, in-service training, case studies, Grand Rounds and informal discussions.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Fieldwork educator reviews

Mayo Clinic'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.

Aug. 08, 2017