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Social Work Internship (Florida)

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a Social Work Internship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. This internship, which lasts one or two academic semesters, provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to deliver comprehensive social work services in clinical and hospital settings.

The Social Work Internship provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences to prepare a well-rounded, fully competent 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 a variety of medical conditions.

As a social work intern, you develop clinical skills to help patients and their families cope with chronic, acute or terminal illnesses.

You may organize support groups for families of patients undergoing organ transplants or those who have 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, skilled nursing or rehabilitation.


The Social Work Internship will provide students with an excellent social work practicum with interaction in a multidisciplinary team setting at Mayo Clinic.


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Affiliated institution

  • Florida State University
    • College of Social Work
      University Center, Building C Room 2500
      Tallahassee, FL 32306
    • Phone: 850-644-4751


Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville was established in 1986 as a comprehensive medical facility in the southeastern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

Campus activity is centered around the interconnected Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings. The campus has modern education facilities, including classroom halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The state-of-the-art Birdsall Medical Research Building allows researchers to investigate neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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.

Social work interns have the opportunity to master the case management model of social work and are also involved in utilization review practices.

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

Students who have fulfilled all required course work from their home academic institution are eligible for graduation after completing the Social Work Internship.


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

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits two to four 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 patient care staff at Mayo Clinic, including medical social workers, nurses, physicians, other allied health care professionals, administrators, and community resource representatives.

  • Jan 21, 2014
  • ART707433