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Social Work Internship (Arizona)

Program description

Medical Social Service

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a Social Work Internship at Mayo Clinic in 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 will:

  • 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 will 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 patients undergoing organ transplants or suffering from cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease or other illnesses.

You will 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.


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Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

Scottsdale Campus is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale Campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.

On the Phoenix Campus, the state-of-the-art 200+-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, which opened in 1998, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

Both Mayo Clinic's outpatient and inpatient facilities provide the 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 student 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 School of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. If this internship completes your program requirements at your affiliate school, you will also receive your master's degree from that college or university.


For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will be determined by the requirements of your university program, usually eight-hour days, two days per week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo 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.

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

  • Jan 21, 2014
  • ART480981