Program length: 8-12 weeks
Class size: 20 students a year
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
This internship provides the high-quality clinical experiences you need to become a competent therapist in areas such as acute care and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Your application and all supporting documentation must be received at least 60 days prior to the start of the internship.
To participate in the internship, you must be enrolled in a physical or occupational therapy program at one of these affiliated academic institutions:
- Emory University
- Jacksonville University
- University of Florida
- University of St. Augustine
- University of North Florida
- Mayo Clinic
Admission to the internship is prearranged by the academic coordinator from your college or university.
Non-U.S. citizen applicants
Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.
- U.S. citizens
- U.S. nationals
- Lawful permanent residents
- Asylees and refugees
Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.
The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.
Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.
How to apply
Contact your school's academic clinical education coordinator or director of clinical education to arrange to participate in the internship. As a reminder, you must be enrolled in a physical or occupational therapy program at one of our affiliated academic institutions.
Once your participation is approved by both your academic clinical education coordinator and the Physical or Occupational Therapy Internship director, you will need to complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application (click "create account" to start your application).
Tuition and financial aid
Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic charges no additional fees.
You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.
You may hold outside employment during the internship if it does not conflict with your educational responsibilities.
Mayo Clinic offers physical or occupational therapy internship experience in:
- Inpatient acute care
- Outpatient care
- Pain rehabilitation center
You gain experience in treating patients with special therapy needs, which may include:
- Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders
- Rehabilitation of neurological conditions
- Sports medicine and rehabilitation
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Transplant rehabilitation
- Hand therapy
- Oncology rehabilitation
- Pain rehabilitation
Internships vary between eight and 12 weeks, depending on the academic program's requirements.
During your internship, your learning schedule is usually 40 hours a week and might include additional projects, patient activities, and homework.
The Physical or Occupational Therapy Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida works with affiliated schools that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education or the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.