Student & Graduate Programs
Recreation Therapy Internship

Recreation Therapy Internship

Our recreation therapy program serves patients as part of the care offered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Internship Overview

The recreation therapy 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 internship is 15 weeks long (600 hours) and offered multiple times per year (start dates align with school semesters).

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.

Internship Prerequisites

Students must have completed coursework through an accredited recreation therapy program and must be deemed eligible to begin internship by their academic director.

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.

Liability Insurance

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 King, MA, CTRS
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Phone: 513-406-1876

Inclusion Scholarship

We strongly encourage students of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply to the internship program. By applying for the internship, all applicants are eligible for our Inclusion Scholarship. For more information about this scholarship opportunity, please click here: Inclusion Scholarship.

Download Application

Please return completed applications via email to Sara King: