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Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) and is proud to offer clinical internship programs for Master students in orthotics and prosthetics (O & P).

The internship may fulfill the clinical experience required by O & P Master's degree programs accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Clinical experience is needed prior to starting a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) residency program and taking the ABC certification exams.

What to Expect

During the internship, students will have the opportunity to observe and/or assist certified orthotists and prosthetists in evaluating, molding, or fitting patients with and adjusting various types of custom and off–the-shelf devices. As a clinical intern, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete supervised projects that expand your knowledge and skill level.

Projects might focus on:

  • Improving hand skills.
  • Reviewing prosthetic alignment.
  • Casting and modifying a practice AFO.
  • Evaluating and fabricating practice foot orthoses.
  • Reviewing pediatric pathologies.
  • Practicing gait assessment.

Upon completion of the six-week program, interns will be familiar with:

  • Adult and pediatric populations.
  • Inpatient and outpatient scenarios.
  • Interdepartmental communication.
  • Evaluations, impressions, fittings, and adjustments of all types of custom and off-the-shelf devices.
  • Billing and coding.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Application and Acceptance Criteria

Interested candidates are required to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited O & P Master's degree program.
  • Have completed a Bachelor’s degree and have confirmation of acceptance to a CAAHEP accredited O & P Master's degree program. Students must be scheduled to begin the Master’s program within four months of the start of the clinical rotation.

When to Apply

Applications will be accepted November 1 through January 31. Clinical internships take place April through October. Special consideration may be made for programs that have requirements that don’t fit this time frame. Follow-up phone interviews will be conducted as part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 31 of that year.

Interested candidates should be able to commit to a full-time internship (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Gillette will accept interns based on application quality and time frame availability.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide the following materials:

  • A completed clinical internship application form (PDF).
  • A resume.
  • An internship reference form (PDF) completed by their instructor.
  • If applicable: A copy of the acceptance letter and/or attestation from the school indicating the contingent acceptance and planned start date to an O & P Master's degree program.

A confirmation email will be sent one to two weeks after we receive your application.

Submit your application via one of the following methods:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Attention: ATD Student Coordinator
Orthotic Clinical Internship
Internal: 200430
200 University Ave. E.
St. Paul MN 55101

For More Information

For more information, email or call 651-229-3800 and ask to speak with the Assistive Technology internship coordinator.

Learn more about Assistive Technology at Gillette.