Child Life Specialist and patients smiling while coloring at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Learn from World-Renowned Experts

Our hospital offers hands-on experience through our practicums, workshops and internships. Learn more about our various programs designed for students with an interest in these areas below:

  • Child Life Practicum 
  • Child Life Workshop
  • Summer Nurse Extern Program
  • Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Student Programming & Internships/Externships

For those interested in becoming a certified Child Life Specialist, a practicum is an observation experience open to those individuals preparing for a Child Life internship. A practicum provides the student an opportunity to become familiar with Child Life services and children’s reactions to hospitalization. Observation experiences and assignments encourage the development of communication skills with individuals and groups, provide a supportive environment to integrate theory with clinical practice, and enhance the student’s experience with planning and implementing therapeutic activities. 

Download Child Life Practicum Application 


  • Practicum applicants are required to have completed a core curriculum with a minimum of junior-level college coursework, including child development, theories of child development, etc.
  • Applicants must have completed 150 hours of verifiable fieldwork experience with healthy children in a structured environment. In addition, volunteer work with hospitalized children is encouraged. 
  • Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 192 hours of observation over the course of one semester. 



  • Applications due: September 19
  • Interviews: October 
  • Applicant notifications: By fourth Tuesday in October
  • Applicant acceptance: Within 24 hours of receiving offer


  • Applications due: March 29
  • Interviews: April-May 
  • Applicant notifications: By third Tuesday in May
  • Applicant acceptance: Within 24 hours of receiving offer
We do not offer a summer practicum placement. 

To learn more about the field of Child Life and how to become a certified Child Life Specialist, please visit

This introductory workshop is open to high school juniors and seniors, college students and adults interested in learning more about the role of a Child Life Specialist or considering a possible career change.

What Is Covered?
  • An overview of the clinical work of a Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Panel discussion with child life specialists
  • Importance of self-care
  • Academic and clinical preparation
  • The journey from student to professional – what is required and what is not
  • Discuss your unique needs during breakout sessions
Register online for our 2019 workshop on Saturday, February 16. View event flyer for more information. 


Scottish Rite Hospital’s Summer Nurse Extern Program offers a paid opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a pediatric setting while learning performance expectations of an entry-level staff nurse. Externs get the chance to attend educational seminars, in-services and join patients at one of the hospital’s specialized summer camps. Learn more about our Summer Nurse Extern Program here.

Our Summer Nurse Extern Open House will be held Thursday, January 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(General Session 5:30 p.m.) Attendees will have an opportunity to meet program directors and learn more about the externship. Refreshments will be served. 

Register for the event here

PREREQUISITE: Must be currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and returning as a Senior in the Fall of 2019, 3.00 GPA in nursing core courses and one clinical rotation by program start date. Pediatric rotation completion preferred. Completed application is required for program consideration.

Apply for our Summer Nurse Extern Program here

Please submit an online application and mail the remainder as a package: 

  • Your resume
  • Official academic transcripts (Sealed – must include nursing core courses)
  • A photocopy of your current American Health Provider BLS Card
  • A list of objectives you hope to fulfill through the program
  • Nurse Externship Application Checklist 
For questions, please contact Shonna Norman at 214-559-7590 or email

Scottish Rite Hospital offers a therapeutic recreation internship to students studying therapeutic recreation and/or taking classes to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). The internship is a 15-week nonpaid program to help prepare students for an entry-level position in therapeutic recreation. Interns work 40 hours per week and have the opportunity to work with inpatients and outpatients, as well as assist with community outreach programs. Our internship builds on what is learned in the classroom to prepare the student for success in whatever setting they choose to practice therapeutic recreation.

Our internship prepares students for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam, which each student must pass to become a CTRS.

Interns must complete the application process and schedule an interview. For more information, please contact Dana Dempsey, C.T.R.S., at 214-559-7615 or email

Our Spring 2019 position has been filled.
Next available therapeutic recreation internship: Summer 2019
Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019