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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
  • Movement Science Lab Internship
  • Sports Medicine Research Internship
  • Clinical Research Internship
  • Orthopedic Clinical Summer 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. 

Our Practicum Program is currently on hold until further notice. We will not be accepting applications for Spring 2020.
Please check back for more updates.


  • 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
Registration for our 2019 workshop on Saturday, February 16 is now closed. 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.

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 Allena Aussicker, CTRS, at 214-559-8348 or email

Our Spring 2020 position has been filled.
Next available therapeutic recreation internship: Summer 2020
Deadline for applications: February 14, 2020

Scottish Rite Hospital offers internship opportunities to students studying kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and biomedical engineering in the Movement Science Labs on the Dallas and Frisco campus.
Summer internships consist of an eight to 10-week unpaid program, and have a minimum requirement of 20 hours a week (preference is given to those able to work 40 hours per week). The goal of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe motion analysis in a clinical setting. Each student is assigned a project based on their educational background and experience. Our summer curriculum series also includes weekly didactic lecture and assignments emphasizing clinical research design and practices, as well as, basic biomechanics and motion analysis.
Semester internships are also available in both the Fall and Spring. Requirements and internship details vary based on the student and lab availability.

Students interested in an internship must complete the student interest application. To be considered, students must submit a resume with their application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however please note the following deadlines:

Fall 2019 Application Deadline: rolling application review
Spring 2020 Application Deadline: rolling application review
Summer 2020 Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

If you have questions about internship opportunities in the Movement Science Lab, please contact

Scottish Rite Hospital offers internship opportunities to students interested in studying sports medicine, orthopedics and clinical research at the Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Frisco.

The sports medicine research internship program consists of a minimum eight-week curriculum. It is unpaid and requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week. The goal of the internship is to provide students with a solid foundation in clinical research methodology. Each student is assigned a research topic, based on their educational background and experience, to develop over the course of the curriculum with the help of didactic lectures and focused assignments.

The internship also includes observation in clinics and operating rooms, experience with basic biomechanics and motion analysis, and career development discussions (pre-med, pre-Ph.D., pre-P.T., etc.). Internships outside of the summer program are available, but vary based on availability.

Interested students must complete the application and attach a resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however please note the following deadlines:

Summer 2019 Application Deadline: Application cycle closed.
Summer 2020 Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

If you have questions about internship opportunities in sports medicine, please contact

Scottish Rite Hospital is seeking to fill a clinical research internship position. The opportunity will offer the intern the chance to learn concepts of clinical research methodology and study components, including mentorship by the clinical research staff and medical providers. This position may assist with multiple divisions of the department including orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, dyslexia and PDD. Additionally, the internship will include observation in clinics, conferences and the operating room. It is unpaid with a minimum commitment of four months and at least 20 hours a week or more, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless observing outside business hours.  

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Collecting and recording data 
  • Scanning, filing, general administration tasks, reading and conducting literature reviews 
  • Assisting with scheduling
  • Assisting with internal audits or regulatory binders
  • Helping with the maintenance of specific studies
  • Observing clinical conferences, meetings, clinics and/or surgeries
  • Assisting with general clinical research department tasks
Internship Requirements:
  • Rising sophomore or older in undergraduate program, a graduate student or individual who is taking a gap year to gain hands on experience in the field 
  • Must be self-motivated, can take direction and has a high commitment to quality 
  • Will be expected to work at a fast pace with high comprehension and comfortable asking questions 
  • Available at least 20 hours a week, preferably within the hours of 8 am to 4:30pm, for a least four months 
  • 0-3 year(s) experience working in a team, research or health care environment is a plus 
  • Ability to use MS Office
Please complete the application.

If you have any questions about the clinical research internship, please email

Scottish Rite Hospital's orthopedic internship is a two-week program offered in the summer to highly qualified rising college sophomores, juniors and/or seniors graduating in the Spring. The purpose of the internship is to provide opportunities for students to shadow in the clinical environments. Interns will be welcomed and encouraged to observe our team in all of the clinical areas in the outpatient and operation room setting. You are welcome to attend any conferences or educational forums that are open to residents, doctors and hospital staff. Applicants should have a special interest in orthopedics.

For the clinical portion of the internship, you will see a variety of orthopedic patients and diagnoses, including but not limited to, scoliosis, limb length discrepancies, hip dysplasia and clubfoot. In addition, you will be exposed to the spectrum of pediatric orthopedics and will observe side by side with our doctors and advanced practice providers as they determine best treatment options for each patient. For the leadership portion of the internship, you will receive assigned reading and participate in two mini leadership workshops with the administrative leadership of the Orthopedics department. Through collaboration with our leaders, you will discuss topics such as traits of high performing leaders, incorporating your personal values into leadership, inspiring vision and managing leadership challenges in health care.

  • Must be a full-time, rising college sophomore, junior or senior graduating in the Spring. 
  • Currently enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university at the time of application.
  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Considering a career in medicine or health care (preferably Orthopedics).
  • Available for the full two weeks and a commitment of a minimum of 30 hours per each work week. 
The internship is unpaid. We do, however, pay for all of the meals, drinks and snacks that our interns purchase while working in the hospital setting. You are not required to live in Dallas, but it is recommended. Parking is available at no cost and the campus is accessible by public transportation.

Interested students must complete the application. Please choose one session to apply for. Below are the available 2020 dates:

June 1-12, 2020: application due May 1, decision email sent by May 13
June 15-26, 2020: application due May 15, decision email sent by May 28
July 13-24, 2020: application due June 12, decision email sent by June 24
July 27-Aug 7, 2020: application due June 26, decision email sent by July 9

If you have any questions about the orthopedics internship, please email