Our recreation therapy program serves patients as part of the care offered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The recreation therapy internship is 15 weeks long (600 hours) and offered multiple times per year (start dates align with school semesters). This internship is available to students who have completed coursework through an accredited recreation therapy program and are deemed eligible to begin internship by their academic director.
The intern should expect to accumulate professional clinical experience through a diverse spectrum of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural patient and family-centered care. Interns will have support in further developing their clinical therapeutic recreation skills and opportunities to explore areas of interest through special projects.
Interns will have the option to work at our Burnet Avenue campus, where the primary focus is in physical rehabilitation or our College Hill campus, where the primary focus is in residential psychiatry. Interns will have opportunities for group facilitation and individual therapy.
Upon acceptance to the internship, a legal affiliation agreement between the student’s university and Cincinnati Children’s is required. This will be handled by personnel at the hospital and the legal department of the university. Interns will not be allowed to start their internship until this agreement is complete. Students will also be required to complete a TB test, CPR training and additional health documentation prior to start date.
Description of Professional Staff
The student will be working with a broad spectrum of medical professionals throughout the internship. They will interact with several certified recreation therapists, as well as other interdisciplinary team members which may include social workers, chaplains, doctors, surgeons, nurses, administrative consultants, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, child life specialists, music therapists, art therapists, and other medical center staff who the student may come into contact with throughout their time in the medical center.
Intern Housing, Meals and Transportation
Housing is not currently offered by this facility, but there are a variety of short-term lease options available in the area. Cincinnati Children's does not currently offer a stipend or meals for interns.
If the intern is affiliated with an academic institution, liability insurance is usually covered by the educational institution. If not, liability insurance must be purchased by the intern. In this instance, the intern will be guided to possible liability insurers for interns.
Health Forms Required
All accepted students are required to submit required health forms including immunizations and a COVID-19 vaccination record to participate in the program.
Contact and Apply
Sara Warner, MA, CTRS
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Please return completed applications via email to Sara Warner: