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As a physical or occupational therapy intern, you study and work on the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Fla. The internship provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences you need to become a competent therapist or therapist assistant.

Internships vary in length depending on the academic program's requirements. Most are eight weeks, but vary between eight and 12 weeks, depending on the program level and requirements.

Mayo Clinic offers physical or occupational therapy internship experience in:

  • Inpatient acute care
  • Outpatient care

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

  • Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, including shoulder and knee problems
  • Rehabilitation of neurologic conditions
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Transplant rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy oncology rehabilitation


Over the course of the internship, you may participate in lectures, workshops, in-service training, case studies, journal club, Grand Rounds and informal discussions.

Grading or evaluation

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

  • 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.

Students are also graded based on criteria established through their affiliated college or university.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo 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.

  • Dec 2, 2013
  • ART523141