Job shadowing opportunities

Children’s Minnesota offers several programs for individuals (non-employees) interested in exploring health care fields.

Observer Program

The Observer Program provides individual opportunities to observe Children’s staff, learn more about their field, and explore possible careers. This experience is entirely hands-off and is supervised by a professional.

Observer eligibility requirements

To be eligible to observe, you need to:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years old
  • Submit documentation of immunization records: vaccines required include chickenpox/varicella, MMR, Tdap, negative Mantoux (tuberculosis) within the past 12 months, flu (if during flu season)

Email/scan immunization records to: [email protected]

Positions are limited and based on provider availability. See available departments  and learn more about the application process.

Interested in Child Life?

Children’s offers Child Life Informational Sessions several times a year. This is an opportunity to learn from and connect with a Certified Child Life Specialist.

**Please Note: Immunizations are not required to attend an Informational Session. These sessions are only about the field of Child Life, they are not a prerequisite to observing, nor are they about the medical field in any other way that in its connection to Child Life.

Sessions for 2020 are:

  • Tuesday January 21st, 12:00 – 1:00pm in Minneapolis
  • Tuesday April 21st, 3:00 – 4:00pm in St. Paul
  • Tuesday June 16th, 12:00 – 1:00pm in Minneapolis
  • Tuesday August 18th, 3:00 – 4:00pm in St. Paul

Register for upcoming sessions

Registration opens 30 days prior to each session. Click here to register for a session. You will receive further information before the session. Please email [email protected] if you have further questions about these sessions.


We care about your child’s health and well-being. Children’s Minnesota offers a breadth of services to get the health care your child needs.