Internships & Clinical Training

As a place with purpose, PrairieCare offers internship & practicum opportunities to students in search of meaningful experiences & professional growth. Our full continuum of care provides interns with a depth of experience and breadth of knowledge.

For applicants who are interested in interning at our Rochester and Mankato locations, please fill out the Southern Minnesota Internship Application.


 

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

PrairieCare is seeking up to three full-time Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2023/2024 training year with placement in the vibrant Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The postdoctoral fellowship program at PrairieCare is focused on the training and development of psychological assessment and testing skills across a continuum of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, Intensive Outpatient programing, Partial Hospitalization programs, and our inpatient hospital. Training activities include the provision of diagnostic assessments, psychological assessment and report writing with differentiation based on level of care, didactic and other training opportunities, work within interdisciplinary teams, and weekly supervision. Patient population is highly diverse with training opportunities available with children, adolescents, and adults with various presenting problems and diverse presentations. Opportunities for training in outpatient therapy services are available, as desired. Applicants must have completed or be on track to complete all requirements for their doctoral program before the start of the postdoctoral program on August 28, 2023.

For more information, please see the training brochure. Applicants may also contact the Psychology Training Supervisor, Dr. Amy Swingle at aswingle@prairie-care.com with any questions.

 

Therapy

Therapeutic internships or practicum experiences are available for those in programs for Master of Social Work, Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a combination of Art Therapy and other clinical licensure. Placements provide students the opportunity to explore the therapy role in an inpatient unit (child/adolescent), partial hospitalization program (all ages) or intensive outpatient programming (all ages) depending on site and placement. Internships or practicum experiences focus on assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial services for patients. Students work directly with their supervisor to provide group, family, and individual therapy for assigned patients. Students have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team that may include therapists, psychiatrists/APRN’s, nurses, social workers, and psychiatric technicians. Students may also have the opportunity to attend case consultations led by a psychoanalytically trained therapist and attend PrairieCare education series.

  • All internship and practicums follow a typical school year calendar, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring
  • Resumes and cover letters are accepted and reviewed January-March
  • Interviews take place in April with selections and offers made in May
  • Students are allowed to work no more than 19 hours per week
  • PrairieCare currently contracts or affiliates with specific schools. We are not able to expand contacts or add affiliates at this time due to the limited number of placements available

Please contact Susan Gatto, LICSW for further information.

763.762.8860 sgatto@prairie-care.com

Recreation Therapy

Internships in Recreation Therapy are available at our inpatient hospital in Brooklyn Park, working with patients from ages 5-18. The prospective intern must be studying Therapeutic Recreation and in their final semester of their undergrad program. The Recreation Therapy department consists of CTRS, COTA, and Group Facilitators. Students have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team that may include occupational therapists, social workers, therapists, psychiatrists/APRN’s, nursing and psychiatric technicians. Students work directly with the Recreation Therapy team to gain experience and expertise in all NCTRC task domains. Upon completion of the internship program, students are equipped with skills to sit for the NCTRC exam.

  • All internships occur during academic semester timelines. We accept during Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • PrairieCare is limited to 2 interns per semester.
  • PrairieCare currently contracts or affiliates with: University of Wisconsin La-Crosse, Winona State University, MSU-Mankato, and University of Iowa, but open to other accredited programs.

Please contact Beth Vance, CTRS-BH for further information.

evance@prairie-care.com

Social Work

Foundation and clinical internship experiences are available for those in school for their Master of Social Work. Placements provide students the opportunity to explore the social work role in an inpatient unit (child/adolescent), partial hospitalization program (all ages), or intensive outpatient programming (all ages) depending on site and placement. Students have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team that may include therapists, psychiatrists/APRN’s, nursing and psychiatric technicians. Students work directly with their supervisor to participate in the intake/admissions process, work with patients to develop areas of focus within treatment, write master treatment plans, facilitate psych-education or skills groups, facilitate a weekly team meeting, and coordinate discharge planning and crisis intervention. Students may also have the opportunity to attend case consultations led by a psychoanalytically trained therapist and attend PrairieCare education series.  

  • All internships follow a typical school year calendar, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring 
  • PrairieCare participates in a spring match process for internships with 5 universities across the Twin Cities
  • PrairieCare sites in the Twin Cities are unable to offer placements outside of this match process
  • PrairieCare sites in Southern Minnesota occasionally accept students outside of this match process based on contracts with specific schools
  • PrairieCare currently contracts or affiliates with specific schools. We are not able to expand contacts or add affiliates at this time due to the limited number of placements available 
  • Students are allowed to work no more than 19 hours per week 

Please contact Susan Gatto, LICSW for further information.  

763.762.8860 sgatto@prairie-care.com