As a physical therapy intern, you will study and work at the Mayo Clinic Hospital or other Mayo facilities in the Greater Phoenix area. The internship provides high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to become a competent therapist.

Internships are eight week or more, but may vary in length depending on the academic program's requirements. Students may have the opportunity to complete a series of internships in various Mayo Clinic practice areas.

Mayo Clinic offers physical therapy clinical experiences in:

  • Inpatient acute care
  • Outpatient care
  • Acute rehabilitation (emphasis on neurologically impaired patients)
  • Inpatient orthopedics (joint replacements, laminectomies)
  • Outpatient orthopedics
  • Geriatric outpatient
  • Organ transplants
  • Cardiac ICU

To augment your physical therapy experience, you may follow a patient through ICU to outpatient rehabilitation.

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

  • Back-related symptoms evaluation and treatment
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including shoulder and knee problems
  • Neck pain evaluation and treatment
  • Postmastectomy lymphedema management
  • Rehabilitation of disabling neurologic conditions
  • Rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation


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

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

Our 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 very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.

Jan. 29, 2013