Internships and fellowships
Minneapolis VA health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.
The main missions of the Veterans Health Administration are patient-centered and evidence-based health care; collaborative, continuous education in an integrated environment; and prevention and population health through research.
Internships and fellowships
Minneapolis VA Health Care System has one of the largest education and training programs in the VA with more than 1,500 trainees rotating through annually. It has active affiliations with over 80 college, university and vocational school programs in allied health and graduate and undergraduate medical professions.
We have a particularly strong partnerships with the University of Minnesota in providing clinical services, training and research across a variety of disciplines.
Learn more about our education programs:
Minneapolis VA Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) offers two-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical and health services research for qualified candidates with a PhD, MD or other doctoral degree (e.g., DNP).
Candidates interested in PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, healthcare disparities, implementation science, high value health care and policy, biostatistics, research methodology, cancer prevention and screening, substance use disorders, or epidemiology may find CCDOR a particularly good fit but other candidates are encouraged to apply.
Minneapolis VA medical center is closely affiliated with University of Minnesota Medical and Dental Schools. Consultants from the dental school and community, representing multiple dental specialties, are available to supplement instruction of dental residents in the treatment of patients.
The Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) clinical program seeks to distinguish, define and disseminate the best ways to identify and treat dementia. We manage a clinical service, conduct clinical studies, and train other health care professionals in geriatric-focused medicine and research. GRECC also offers training opportunities for fellows, residents, and allied health trainees.
Minneapolis VA medical center has a variety of nursing internship programs at different levels. We also offer the VALOR (Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency) Program, an honors program for select nursing students who have completed the junior year of a BSN program.
This internship is an 8 or 12 week supervised practice program based on the core competencies for entry level Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapy Assistants set by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Minneapolis VA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers a variety of resident and fellow rotations available to anatomic and/or clinical pathologist trainees as part of our affiliation with the University of Minnesota Medical School Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Residency and Fellowship Training Program.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System offers both pharmacy student (pre-licensure) and residency (post-graduate training) programs. Pharmacists play a vital role in the delivery of patient care; working closely with physicians, nurses and other health care team members to ensure America's Veterans receive the finest care.
The physical therapy clinical education program aims to provide exceptional, specialized education to prepare physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with professional skills and knowledge to become excellent clinicians.
The mission of the physical therapy neurologic residency program is to provide exceptional, specialized education that prepares physical therapists with advanced post-professional skills and knowledge to become better educators, researchers and clinicians in the practice of neurologic physical therapy.
Minneapolis VA is dedicated to providing physician assistant students with a high-quality, hands-on training program. Physician assistant students will function as a member of the clinical or surgical team while performing a variety of rotations.
Minneapolis VA Heath Care System is a major teaching hospital for the University of Minnesota (UMN) Radiology Residency Program and the UMN Medical School Radiology elective.
Our residency rotations include GI, GU, MSK, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, non invasive vascular, and modality rotations in CT and ultrasound. The medical student rotation at Minneapolis VA is intended to expose the student to the clinical duties of a radiologist.
Recreation therapy internships are available in the following clinical areas: Community Living Center/long term care/palliative care, polytrauma/acute rehab, traumatic brain injury/polytrauma transitional rehab, inpatient psychiatry, medical foster home and the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System School of Radiologic Technology was founded in 1965, and with advances in medical technology, and as higher standards were required of radiation workers, VA established an accredited program in 1966-67.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System has the only VA radiologic technology training program in the nation, graduating hundreds of students who have gone on to successful radiologic technology and radiology-related careers.
VA is one of the largest trainers of social work students in the country and annually trains approximately 600 social work interns. Field instructors and interns at Minneapolis VA benefit greatly from access to this national network of resources.
Speech pathology training allows trainees and clinical fellows to participate in a truly interdisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment of Veterans and service members being served at the Minneapolis VA medical center.
Minneapolis VA Surgery and Specialty Care Service Line and the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota are recruiting a Surgical Fellow in Quality and Safety. This is a unique, one year training program focused on quality improvement, patient safety, and leadership.
The National VA Quality Scholars Program (VAQS) is a 2-year fellowship that is designed to train the next generation of health professionals to improve healthcare through innovations, quality improvement, and patient safety.
The fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and consists of eleven sites across the United States, as well as an affiliate site in Toronto, Canada. Each site in the US consists of a partnership between a VA hospital and an academic institution. The site in Minneapolis is based at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System and the University of Minnesota.
The fellowship is available to physicians, doctoral level nurses, and psychologists. Exceptional candidates with an interest in quality or implementation research, healthcare leadership or education are encouraged to apply.
Registration and contacts
Information, forms, instructions and coordinator contacts:
As a Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) Advanced Tier Certified Simulation Program, Minneapolis VA trains over 2000 staff per year using simulation equipment, methodology or technology for the goal of Veteran and staff education and patient safety.
Office of Academic Affiliations
In 2021, VA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of partnerships between VA and our nation’s medical schools to train clinicians in the care of Veterans. This educational partnership remains one of VA’s main missions.
VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations continues to maintain and expand our close relationships with institutions of higher learning to provide advanced clinical training in physician education, nursing, dentistry, psychology, social work, optometry, dietetics and nearly 40 other health care professions.
- More than 120,000 clinical trainees receive training in VA each year
- VA leads clinical care, research and medical advancement in many areas
- Current VA trainees receive first consideration for employment openings