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patterned pink ankle foot orthosis during fitting at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

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 in-patient and out-patient 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 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 out-patient multi-disciplinary settings. Clinical load includes a high percentage of lower extremity orthotics and craniofacial orthotics. 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


Interested candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in a CAAHEP accredited master's degree program in O&P.

Clinical internships are coordinated through our partner schools.


Contact Us

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

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