Internship Program

Internships

The Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation internship program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is a 15-week internship and is offered three times a year. Interns are paired with a Certified Child Life Specialist or a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who provide supervised and guided experiences with children while supporting the development of professional child life skills and/or therapeutic recreation skills.

Internship experiences include:

  • Patient/Family care interventions
  • Assessments and medical chart documentation
  • Observation of out patient clinic and day treatment programs
  • Sibshops
  • Community Re-entry and/or School Re-entry programs
  • Structured group and individual program planning and implementation opportunities
  • Attendance at interdisciplinary rounds

Practicum

The Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation practicum program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is 100-120 hours and is offered three times a year. Students are paired with a Certified Child Life Specialist or a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who provide supervised and guided experiences with children while supporting the development of professional child life skills.

Practicum experiences include:

  • Patient/Family care interventions
  • Observation of outpatient clinic and day treatment programs
  • Attendance at interdisciplinary rounds
  • Meet with staff from other disciplines
  • Complete weekly assignments

Practicum students should submit the MWPH Volunteer Application (information is below).

Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Interns and students work within the Infant and Early Childhood program and within the School Age and Adolescent program.

Infant & Early Childhood Program

This is an inpatient program, which serves infants and toddlers birth to age 2. The average census is 40. It is a fast paced program with infants being admitted with diagnoses of prematurity, neonatal abstinence syndrome, cardiac issues, feeding issues or infants with unique syndromes. Assessment skills, writing goals and objectives and child development are key area of focus. Individual and group programming occurs 7 days a week.

School Age and Adolescent Program

The School Age and Adolescent program is an inpatient program, which serves children age 3-18. On average there are about 24 patients in this program. Admitting diagnoses of these children may include: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns and other conditions requiring rehabilitation. Group programming, assessment skills, and writing goals and treatment plans are key areas of focus. Community re-entry programs occur at least 3-4 times per month.

Program Requirements:

This internship is best suited for college seniors, college graduates or Master's degree students pursuing graduate study relevant to child life or therapeutic recreation work. Appropriate fields of study and experience include child life, therapeutic recreation, child development, education, family studies, or related fields. Experience with children is a prerequisite. Interns are also strongly encouraged to become a member of the Child Life Council (https://www.childlife.org/) or a state or nationally based therapeutic recreation association.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 10 courses related to child life, therapeutic recreation, child development, or closely related field
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must be currently in a child life or therapeutic recreation practicum or have successfully completed a minimum of 50 hours in a hospital or closely related setting with children and families (i.e., volunteer work, field placement, and practicum)
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of the actual internship. We do not accept students who are not enrolled in a college or university at the time of their internship.

Application Deadlines and Process:

All interested applicants should complete and submit:

Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates:

Internship Session Application Deadlines Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates 2nd Offer Dates
Winter/Spring
September 5 2nd Tuesday of October
Following Wednesday Following Thursday
Summer
January 5 2nd Tuesday of February
Following Wednesday Following Thursday
Fall
March 15 1st Tuesday of May Following Wednesday Following Thursday

Note: Interviews are done on-site only. No phone or web based interviews are conducted. Any potential intern must also successfully pass a drug test.

Please return all internship applications to:

Lois Bower, CCLS, CTRS
Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Manager
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 W. Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-578-2659
lbower@mwph.org

Please return all practicum applications to:

Marisa Ybarra-Reyes, CCLS, CEIM
Practicum Coordinator
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 W. Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-578-5160
mybarra-reyes@mwph.org

Outpatient appointments and program referrals can be made by calling 410-367-2222.

         
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