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Gillette Children’s is a non-profit hospital dedicated to providing specialized healthcare to children and adults with complex and rare medical conditions. We’re located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in multiple locations throughout the state. Our clinics provide team-based, specialty care for persons with childhood onset neuromuscular and orthopedic disorders. Our prosthetists and orthotists work closely with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and others on the healthcare team in both inpatient and outpatient settings to provide exceptional, coordinated patient care. Our pediatric hospital is unique in that we provide life-long care to our patients. This means that clinical interns working with our O&P team have the opportunity to see and treat a wide variety of ages (pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics), diagnoses and complexities that often require creative orthotic/prosthetic solutions.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Orthotics, Prosthetics and Seating Department is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and is proud to offer clinical internship programs for master’s degree students in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

What to Expect

During the clinical internship, students will have the opportunity to observe and/or assist certified orthotists and prosthetists in evaluating, molding, fitting, and adjusting custom and off-the-shelf devices. Students will be exposed to pediatric and adult populations in in-patient and out-patient multi-disciplinary settings. Clinical interns may also complete supervised projects to expand their knowledge and skill level.

Additional learning opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical projects
  • Casting and modifying practice orthoses
  • Reviewing pediatric onset pathologies
  • Reviewing case studies
  • Participation in a multi-organizational O&P focused journal club
  • Practice in coding and billing

Requirements

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

  • Current enrollment in a CAAHEP accredited master's degree program in O & P.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree with confirmation of acceptance to a CAAHEP accredited master's degree O & P program. Students must be scheduled to begin the master’s program within four months of the start of the clinical rotation.

Clinical interns should be able to commit to a full-time internship (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  Length of the internship varies based on master’s program requirements and availability.  Gillette will accept interns based on application quality and time frame availability.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted November 1 through December 31. Clinical internships take place April through October. Special consideration may be made for programs that have requirements that do not 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 1 of that year.

Applicants must provide the following materials:

  • A completed clinical internship application form (PDF).
  • A resume
  • Unofficial transcript of O&P classes completed by program start date (if currently enrolled)
  • 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.

Submit your application via email to: orthoprostclinical@gillettechildrens.com. A confirmation email will be sent one to two weeks after we receive your application.

Contact Us

To learn more about the orthotics and prosthetics clinical internship program, contact O&P Clinical Internship Coordinator, Tara Wright, MSOP, CPO, LPO – tarajwright@gillettechildrens.com / 651-634-1906

Follow the links below for additional opportunities within the OPS Department: