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 Minnesota staff, learn more about their field, and explore possible careers. This experience is entirely hands-off and is supervised by a professional. Positions are limited and based on provider availability. See available departments here.

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, COVID-19 vaccine, and flu (if during flu season).
  • Please note: due to high demand, observers may not observe the same discipline more than once or observe more than once in one semester.

How to apply

Here’s how to apply for the program:

  • Download and complete an Observer Program application.
  • Submit your application between 5th-10th of the month prior to your desired observation date (e.g., apply between January 5-10 to observe in February).
  • Submit required immunization records via scan/email to: [email protected]. Applications will only be considered when complete immunization requirements have been received.
  • Due to staff availability, we are not always able to provide a match. If you do not receive a ‘matched’ email by the end of the month, please reapply during subsequent months.

Note: If a staff member has already agreed to sponsor you for an observation shift, you can submit an application any time. Contact the Observer Program office for a “sponsor known” observer application at email: [email protected]

Informational interviews

Connect with a Children’s Minnesota staff member to get your questions answered and find out more about the health care career you are interested in. Informational interviews are offered as an opportunity to connect with staff either by phone or through email.

Please submit your application for an informational interview here. Opportunities are based on staff availability. We will reach out to you once a staff member has been identified who can meet with you by phone or email. If you have any questions, email [email protected].

Child Life informational sessions

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

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 than in its connection to Child Life.

Sessions for 2022 will be offered via Teams and are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, January 18, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 3 – 4 p.m.

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.


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