The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Recreational Therapy Internship prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics and private practice. Through your patient care responsibilities and clinical experiences, you attend to the patient's daily care needs.

The Recreational Therapy Internship enables you to:

  • Understand the principles and methods of laboratory testing in the treatment of patients with physical disabilities
  • Evaluate, plan and implement therapy groups, as well as special events for patients
  • Establish and maintain a rapport with a variety of patients
  • Function as a dynamic member of the treatment team
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Manage and organize time
  • Utilize available resources within the medical complex and the surrounding community
  • Participate in routine departmental maintenance and cleanup
  • Practice as an entry-level therapist

Didactic experiences

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

You also have the opportunity to view a related surgical case.

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.

Jan. 20, 2014