• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Freshman
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Freshman
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Sophomore
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

Importance of Internships

Throughout the three years of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program there are four clinical internships. The first rotation follows the completion of spring semester of the first year. It is an 8 week long internship during summer term I. The final three internships are considered “terminal internships”. The duration of these internships span from 8-10 weeks, or occasionally 12. These follow the completion of didactic work for the program and provide the opportunity for us to apply all the knowledge and skills we learned over the past two years in the classroom. Often times students will begin to think about what setting they enjoy working in and where they would like to start their careers. Performance during these last three internships is crucial because these sites will often times consider student interns for upcoming job openings.

I recently received a phone call from a previous clinical instructor from one of my internship sites discussing a permanent full-time position they will be looking to fill this spring. I won’t give any specifics as it was an “unofficial” offer, however, I do know that my first impressions, performance, and character were evaluated during my time at this clinical site, essentially leading them to consider me for the position. It is pretty crazy to begin hearing of job opportunities after the amount of time and effort I have put in to earning my doctorate. I know my final internship has just begun and I don’t want to take the learning experience for granted, but it feels really good to have things coming together post-graduation.

For now I am going to continue to work hard and learn at my final clinic internship, steadily prepare for the National Physical Therapy Exam, and keep an open eye on job opportunities that interest me.

In short, take your internships seriously. People are always watching for personal characteristics that stand out, whether or not you are a good fit, and if you could make beneficial contributions to their business or company. Even if your major or program does not incorporate internships into the course schema, don’t underestimate the power of an internship. Creating relationships, building bridges, and networking are all key components to creating a solid foundation for possible job opportunities after you graduate!

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