ABOUT PHYSICAL THERAPY ABROAD
World Endeavors Physical Therapy interns get the chance to work in the offices of physical and sports therapists, learn how a practice is run, and gain knowledge from professional therapists. An international internship in physical therapy is designed to allow interns to shadow professional therapists as they conduct strength and conditioning programs, assist patients with therapy machines, and design and evaluate therapy programs. Some administrative support work may also be part of the physical therapy intern’s responsibilities.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: PHYSICAL THERAPY ABROAD
In the growing field of physical therapy, it is important to get direct experience working in a professional environment. International interns get a broader perspective on the relationships between patients and providers and on the ways in which physical therapy can improve patients’ lives. Working abroad also demonstrates flexibility and commitment to the field, and having an international internship on a résumé can be a great advantage in future job searches.
Interns should have a strong interest in physical therapy work and the patience and empathy needed for the profession. Good communication and organization skills are particularly important, as is self-motivation and the ability to work independently and with others. Knowledge of first aid may be helpful, and, in some cases, required.