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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
  • Movement Science Lab Internship
  • Sports Medicine Research 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 

Requirements

  • 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. 

Deadlines

Spring

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

Fall

  • 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 www.childlife.org.

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 nurse.extern@tsrh.org

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 dana.dempsey@tsrh.org

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

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:

Summer 2019 Application Deadline: April 5, 2019 (Interviews will be conducted in mid-late April)
Fall 2019 Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
Spring 2020 Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

If you have questions about internship opportunities in the Movement Science Lab, please contact
gaitlab@tsrh.org.
 

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 sportsmedicine@tsrh.org.