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Internships

The Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation internship program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is offered three times a year and meets the requirements of the Child Life Council of 600 hours and the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification of 14 consecutive weeks or 560 hours. 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. Of the 600 Child Life hours, a minimum will consist of 2 rotations that are at least 6 weeks (240 hours) in length with one clinical rotation supervisor per rotation; the remaining 3 weeks (120 hours) will be completed as deemed appropriate.

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
  • Weekly assignments

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:

Appropriate fields of study and experience include child life, therapeutic recreation, child development, education, family studies, or related fields. Interns are strongly encouraged to become a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals (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 100 hours in a hospital or closely related setting with children and families (i.e., volunteer work, field placement, and practicum)
  • Applicants must have 100 hours of experience with WELL infants, children, youth and/or families
  • All students and interns must be affiliated with a college or university. Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital will not accept any student who is working independently outside of the affiliation of a college or university.

Application Deadlines and Process:

All interested applicants should complete and submit:

Internship Application Deadline, Offer, Acceptance, and 2nd Offer Dates:

*Please note that we will not be accepting Therapeutic Recreation interns for the summer of 2020.

Winter/Spring Internship 2020

Application Deadline: September 5, 2019
Initial Offer Date: October 8, 2019
Acceptance Date: October 9, 2019
2nd Offer Date: October 10, 2019

Summer Internship 2020

Application Deadline: January 5, 2020
Initial Offer Date: February 10, 2020
Acceptance Date: February 11, 2020
2nd Offer Date: February 12, 2020

Fall Internship 2020

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Initial Offer Date: May 5, 2020
Acceptance Date: May 6, 2020
2nd Offer Date: May 7. 2020

*Dates also apply to practicum deadline.

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:

Sarah Beale, MS, CCLS
Clinical Child Life Specialist
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 W. Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-578-5356
[email protected]