Program description

Medical Social Service

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers the Social Work Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. This internship, which lasts one academic year or two consecutive semesters, provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to deliver comprehensive social services in both clinical and hospital settings.

The Social Work Internship provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent medical social worker.

At Mayo Clinic, you:

  • Learn at an internationally renowned medical center that includes a large designated cancer center and organ transplantation program
  • Work with Mayo Clinic physicians, social workers and other allied health professionals as a respected member of the patient care team
  • Serve a large, diverse patient population with common and uncommon medical conditions

As a social work intern, you help patients and their families cope with chronic, acute or terminal illnesses, addressing problems that impede recovery or rehabilitation. You may organize support groups for families of people undergoing organ transplants or who have cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease or other illnesses.

You also advise family caregivers, counsel patients and help plan for patients' needs after discharge by arranging at-home services, from meals-on-wheels to oxygen equipment.

The internship includes interaction with many Mayo Clinic patient care staff, including medical social workers, nurses, physicians, other allied health care professionals and administrators.


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Affiliated institution

Applicants for the Social Work Internship must be enrolled in the master's degree social work program at Arizona State University.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Both Mayo Clinic's outpatient and inpatient facilities are training areas for the Social Work Internship. In some cases, students also have access to community-based educational opportunities with Mayo Clinic-based programs and facilities.

Mayo Clinic's state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities enhance students' clinical experiences and the ability for clinical preceptors to provide high-quality clinical education experiences.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Social Work Internship, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. If this internship completes your program requirements at Arizona State University, you will receive your master's degree from Arizona State University.


For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule is determined by the requirements of your university program, but usually includes eight-hour days, two days a week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one to two interns to its Social Work Internship. This ensures that students receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Jan. 13, 2016