Creative Arts Therapy Internship for Second Year Art Therapy Students:
 

Thank you for your interest in the art therapy internship in conjunction with the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Department and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department!


We are offering two graduate internship placements for the 2016-2017 Academic year:
1. Art Therapy Internship:  Pediatric Inpatient Medical/Surgical
2. Art Therapy Internship: Adult Palliative Care Inpatient Unit

The goal of our internship program is to offer Art Therapy interns a wide range of learning opportunities to develop clinical skills. Through this internship experience, students will engage in enriching and thought provoking learning opportunities, which link theory to actual “hands-on” practices with patients and their families.  This internship program will help clinically prepare students in skills that can be applied to any setting as an Art Therapist.

We offer the framework and support necessary for interns to build independence in assessments and interventions. In addition, interns increase their skills and focus their learning through curriculum focus readings, seminars and relevant assignments.

The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is in alignment with the standards, philosophy, and mission of the American Art Therapy Association. Our students are an integral part of our programming for our patients, and we are committed to ongoing education in the areas of Child Life and the Creative Arts Therapies.

Art Therapy Internship:  Pediatric Inpatient Medical/Surgical

  • Interns may work with patients ranging from 2 through 23 years of age, as well as patients’ siblings and families
  • Interns will work with both long-term and short-term patients who have a variety of medical conditions, providing individual and group Art Therapy sessions
  • Interns are required to write at least one progress note per patient per week, as well as keep a daily internship journal which is a tool to build a valuable record of their experiences and of their learning process, as well as a tool to help them record and analyze observations, optional readings, and experiences in order to integrate theory with clinical practice. Interns will document their work in EPIC (medical chart).

Art Therapy Internship: Adult Palliative Care Inpatient Unit 

  • Interns may work with patients, their children, and their families.  The adult palliative care unit serves patients as young as 20 and as old as 100.
  • Interns will work with both long-term and short-term patients who have a variety of chronic or terminal medical conditions.  Some patients on the adult palliative care unit also receive hospice care.
  • Interns are required to write at least one progress note per patient per week, and are encouraged to keep a daily internship journal which is a tool to build a valuable record of their experiences and of their learning process, as well as a tool to help them record and analyze observations, optional readings, and experiences in order to integrate theory with clinical practice.  Interns will document their work in EPIC (medical chart).

Internship Assignments
Interns in both placements will be responsible for the following assignments during the Fall and Spring semesters, including:

  • A diagnosis study, an opportunity for interns to explore and understand an illness and its implications for Art Therapy work
  • A cultural study, an opportunity for interns to explore and understand a specific culture and its implications for Art Therapy work
  • One case study per semester, an opportunity for interns to integrate theory and practice as it relates to one patient experience
  • An internship final project, an opportunity for interns to create something which will contribute to the hospital via environmental enhancement, developmental activities, medical education/support, or parental/sibling needs.

Supervision and Seminars:
Students will be supervised by an art therapist and will participate in weekly educational training seminars and team meetings throughout the internship.

Clinical Placement:
Interns will begin their experience with a general orientation, followed by their clinical placement. At the mid-point, interns may rotate to their secondary clinical placement. Availability of placements will vary each semester. Regardless of the rotations, each intern will be supervised throughout the entirety of their internship by a licensed creative arts therapist.

Scheduling
Once accepted for the art therapy internship program, scheduling will be arranged by the student and supervisor.
This is a 600 hour internship placement. We require a minimum of 20 hours per week. Internship days may take place between Monday-Friday and/or Sunday, between the hours of 10am-6pm. Interns are not expected to work on hospital holidays. Anticipated time off must be approved before the start of your internship. Any additional requests for time off should be submitted in writing to your supervisor 2 weeks prior to the requested time. All time beyond 2 sick days must be made up in order to complete internship hour requirements.

How To Apply:

Pre-requisites:
     *  It is recommended though not required that students have prior experience working within a healthcare environment, optimally within a Child Life department or program.
     *  The applicant must be going into their second year of graduate work within an accredited Art Therapy graduate program.

Application Process

  • Complete this application.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (i.e.-professor, former supervisor, etc.)
  • 2 writing samples (preferably one academic sample and one de-identified clinical sample)
  • At least 10 images of your own artwork (please send a Dropbox link or file share link – attachments greater than 20M cannot be received)
  • CV highlighting notable/relevant experience


Send Applications to:

ATTN: Creative Arts Therapy Internship Coordinator, Lauren Smith
The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department Box 1153
The Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
lauren.smith@mountsinai.org


Deadlines:
As space in our program is limited, please return the completed application with the required forms no later than April 14, 2017.

Location
The Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital is located at 1184 Fifth Ave, between 98th St. and 101st St. The closest subway is the 6 train at 96th St. and Lexington Ave. You can either walk to the hospital from there or take the cross town bus (three stops), and get off at 97th St. and Fifth Ave.

Stipends
The Internship is unpaid.

Housing
Housing during internship will be the responsibility of each student.

Questions:
Lauren Smith
Art therapy Internship/Student Coordinator
lauren.smith@mountsinai.org   
This document can be found at: http://www.mschildlife.org/intern_cat.html

If accepted, please fill out this contract.