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
  • 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 requirements to enter the field, including: 
  • Academic and clinical preparation
  • The journey from student to professional – what is required and what is not
  • Hear about experiences from students who have recently been through the application process 
  • Discuss your unique needs during afternoon breakout sessions
Register online for our 2018 workshop on Saturday, February 17. View event flyer for more information. 


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