Job shadowing opportunities

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

Observer Program

The application process is currently suspended due to current precautions taken surround COVID-19. When restrictions are lifted, the application for these disciplines will be available again. Thank you for understanding.

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.

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].

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 than in its connection to Child Life.

Sessions for 2021 will be offered via Webex and are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 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.


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.