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Program overview

Program length: 10-12 weeks
Class size: Varies
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

This internship provides the high-quality clinical experiences you need to become a competent entry-level physical therapist in clinical settings offered within our practice such as acute care, outpatient, or sports medicine.

As a physical therapy intern, you will study and work at Mayo Clinic Hospital or other Mayo Clinic facilities in the Greater Phoenix area. The internship provides one-to-one instruction, guidance and supervision from your clinical instructor, collaboration within our therapy and health care teams, and clinical experiences to challenge your application of skills and patient management in the transition from classroom to practice.

Application process

Prerequisites

To participate in the internship, you must be in your final clinical practicum and enrolled in a physical therapy program at one of these affiliated academic institutions:

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.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. 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 application process. Once your participation is approved by your Academic Clinical Education Coordinator you may start the online application.

Applications are accepted between April 1 and May 31 each year.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Application for Admission
    • Select – Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Physical Therapy Internship
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, review the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/Resume (to include GPA)
  • One letter of recommendation is required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. The recommender will receive an email with a link to complete their recommendation.
    • School faculty or a clinician with whom you have worked in a former job or internship
  • Personal statement. Please limit to two pages (1,000 words, 12 font, single spaced), which will include the following questions:
    • What are your career objectives in therapy and specific to the practice setting for this rotation?
    • How has your previous education or training prepared you for this area of therapy practice?
    • Describe any personal qualities or experiences that make you a competitive candidate for this clinical rotation.
    • What do you envision you can contribute to the Mayo Clinic Therapy practice during your clinical rotation?
    • Describe you learning style and ideal mentor?
    • What are the date ranges (months) that you are requesting?

Interview process

Applications will be reviewed after the deadline date, and applicants selected for a Zoom interview will be contacted. Successful candidates will be notified approximately four weeks after their interview.

Acceptance

Applicants are selected based on grades and work experiences, as well as volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

Tuition and financial aid

You pay tuition to the college or university you are attending. Mayo Clinic charges no additional fees.

You are responsible for providing your living accommodations and transportation. You may hold outside employment during the program, if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.

Curriculum

Mayo Clinic offers physical therapy clinical experiences in:

  • Inpatient acute care (orthopedics, neurology, oncology, transplant, critical care, emergency department consultation, geriatrics, and cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders)
  • Outpatient care (orthopedics, neurological conditions, vestibular rehab, oncology and related conditions, post critical illness, geriatrics, and sports medicine)

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

  • Post-operative care and management
  • Consultations for post-acute care
  • Critical care early intervention/mobilization
  • Spine-related injury and post-operative care
  • Musculoskeletal and joint disorders
  • Lymphedema management
  • Degenerative neurologic conditions and stroke
  • Rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Pelvic health conditions
  • Oncology and treatment-related conditions
  • Gait and balance dysfunction

Internships are 10-weeks or longer but may vary in length depending on the academic program's requirements. You may have the opportunity to complete a series of internships in various Mayo Clinic practice areas.

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

Schedule

For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days a week. Inpatient assignments will require weekend shifts within your rotation. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities, and homework may be assigned.

Accreditation information

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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