Recreational Therapy Internship

Recreational therapy internships allow students the opportunity to intern at one of our three locations which include Mountainside, New Brunswick and Toms River. It is a 15 consecutive week internship; 40 hours per week.

Mountainside: Student interns in Mountainside have the opportunity to work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults in our pediatric long term care center, considered home for these patients. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in outpatient programs, pet visitation and Friday Night Fever (a teen social group).

New Brunswick: Student interns in New Brunswick will have the opportunity to work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults in our inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

Toms River: Student interns in Toms River have the opportunity to work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults in our pediatric long term care center, considered home for these patients. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in outpatient programs, pet visitation, Friday Night Fever (a teen social group) and outpatient camps. Please note, students are expected to provide their own transportation and meal plan.

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Application Deadlines

  • Summer (please check for availability)
    • Application deadline January 1
    • Last interview held February 15
    • Selection made February 20
  • Fall
    • application deadline May 1
    • last interview held June 15
    • selection made June 20
  • Spring
    • application deadline September 1
    • last interview held October 15
    • selection made October 20

Please send your cover letter, application and resume to: Laurie Freeman at lfreeman@childrens-specialized.org.

Learn about our Recreation Therapy & Child Life Programs and our Community Recreation Programs

Patient Stories

  • I loved rec therapy most, said Nick. Playing games and hanging out with Burton [CSH’s facility dog] was the best part.

    Nicholas
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  • For families who are coming to CSH for the first time, I want you to know you’re in the best place. The staff is phenomenal and they really care, not only about the kids but about the families, too.

    Corey
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  • “Think about all the good that is happening, even the littlest progression in recovery. Focus on that!”

    Jayson
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