Recreational Therapy Practicums

Recreational Therapy Practicum students have the opportunity to work with children in our community recreation programs. These programs are provided to children with disabilities or medical conditions that live at home and visit our facility for services. Practicum hours for fall and spring semesters are offered only in our Mountainside and New Brunswick locations. Locations vary in the summer during camp season. Some opportunities for additional exposure in our inpatient rehabilitation and long term care facilities may be available. This practicum is offered only to students receiving credit and currently enrolled in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy graduate or undergraduate degree programs.

Fall and spring semester practicum students are expected to complete their practicum over the course of a minimum 7 week period. Summer practicum students have the opportunity to complete their practicum at Pal’s Paradise Day Camp and have the opporunity to attend our BECOME program as well. Our summer camp practicum students are required to have prior experience working with children with disabilities, and camp experience is preferred.

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Application Deadlines:

  • Summer practicums starting in June - Application deadline February 14

For information regarding practicums please contact:
Caitlyn Foelsch, MHA, CTRS
Manger of Community Programs
Children's Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Learn about our recreation programs here

Activity Connection Internship (High School & College Levels Available):

CSH Activity Connection Interns will gain exposure to working in social and recreational settings with children and young adults with special healthcare needs and developmental delays, physical disabilities, and neurological conditions. Interns spend 40% of their hours in programs with youth, and 60% in the office, assisting with coordination, clerical work and data entry, research assistance, event planning, marketing, and volunteer recruitment. Interns will focus on goals surrounding leadership development, comfort working with children with special healthcare needs, and strengthen organizational and clerical skills in a professional environment.

Eligibility for this position includes:

  • Current high school junior or higher, OR currently enrolled in an undergraduate program studying recreation, special education, or related health profession; communication and marketing majors are also encouraged to apply.
  • Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.
  • Availability for a minimum of 45 hours of internship time during a semester (typically a 7-10 week internship, including two 3-hour shifts per week).
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • This position is based out of the Mountainside location.
  • Afternoon and evening hours are required, and weekend hours are available and encouraged.

The Activity Connection takes up to 4 interns each season. Those interested should please complete this downloadable Internship Application and send to

The deadline to apply for a Summer internship is March 15, 2021.

Patient Stories

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

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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.

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

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