Institute of Psychiatry

Recreation therapy internship program

The internship provides the student the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a recreation therapist in a clinical setting. Internships take place in the Institute of Psychiatry, and the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP).  One half of the internship will take place in the youth inpatient service, and the other half in adult psychiatry and CDAP’s intensive outpatient program. Internships are offered throughout the year. Interns work 40 hours per week for fifteen weeks.   During the fifteen week internship, the student will develop the following competencies.

1. Assessment of patients, and development of individualized treatment plans

2. Facilitation/leadership of Recreation Therapy programs

3. Development of therapeutic relationships with patients and ongoing intervention as part of the patient's treatment.

4. Documentation of assessments, progress notes, and discharge summaries.

5. Discharge planning with patients.

6. Verbal presentation of RT progress and other data in treatment team meetings.

7. Communication skills in general: individually with patients, as group facilitator, in treatment team, with RT staff and others.

The student will receive individual supervision from a designated full time recreation therapist who is currently certified by NCTRC. This therapist will meet with the student weekly for supervision throughout the internship. Supervision will also occur through on-the-spot feedback and discussion by recreation therapy staff after groups, following assessments, and after treatment team meetings.

The intern will be required during the internship to prepare and complete a special project benefiting Recreation Therapy. Staff will work with the student on identifying an appropriate project.

Stipends are not offered for internships, and housing is not provided for interns. MUSC's Student Wellness Center does provide some assistance to students in locating apartments and/or roommates.

There are several requirements for application for internship positions:

1) A letter of application including a statement of internship goals

2) A current resume

3) Three references, at least 1 faculty member (provide phone numbers)

4) An interview with RT staff: both site and phone interviews are acceptable 

Letters of application with required documents may be directed to:

(via email with attachments) [preferred]

Holly-Ann Boyle, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, 67 President Street, PO Box 250861, Charleston, SC 29425

We will be accepting applications for summer 2015 internships. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015.


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