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Child Life

Seattle Children’s Hospital will not be hosting a Child Life internship during 2014.

Please note:

  • This information is regarding Child Life internships only: it applies specifically to those interested in becoming a certified child life specialist as a career.
  • If you are looking for any other kind of internship (psychology, nursing, residencies, etc.), please see the opportunities listed below for the correct contact.
  • Child life students: Please continue to check this page for future Child Life internship opportunities, and for contact information once our program is reinstated. To leave a message on our Child Life internship line, call 206-987-3285.
  • Seattle Children’s currently does not offer a Child Life practicum or opportunities to shadow Child Life specialists.

Thank you for your understanding and interest in our program.

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU) is a 20-bed facility providing acute care and crisis stabilization for patients ages 3 to 18 who are struggling with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.

The IPU offers a 10-week internship program for college juniors and seniors to learn about the day-to-day operations of a pediatric acute care inpatient psychiatric facility from a floor-level perspective. Interns will spend an eight-hour shift each week paired with bachelor's-level staff (coaches) working directly with patients, specifically learning how to support patients through skill development and coaching. Interns will receive a thorough orientation covering safety; effective behavior; milieu and crisis management; professionalism; boundaries; documentation; patient- and family-centered care; and accountability, respect and teamwork (ART) standards.

Interns will not have direct contact with psychiatrists or psychologists and will not be able to observe or participate in treatment interventions as conducted by psychiatrists or psychologists. If this is what you are looking for in an experience, you should explore opportunities at other organizations.

Qualifications

You must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in a program at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University or Seattle University. We are not able to accept applications from students at other colleges and universities at this time, due to contractual agreements. This is an unpaid internship, but you will receive credit. The internship will last one quarter. We accept six interns per quarter.

How to apply

Send a résumé, statement of purpose – a brief statement expressing what you hope to gain from this experience, your interest in the field of mental health, how you believe the internship will benefit you in the future and your post-baccalaureate goals – and a letter of recommendation from a professor to:

IPU Internship Program
Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Seattle Children's Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, M/S T-2210
Seattle, WA 98105

Questions

If you have any questions, email the internship coordinator.

Nurse Technician (Paid Position)

These positions are for RN students currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and in good standing. Registration with the Washington State Department of Health is required.

Positions will be available periodically throughout the year and will be posted online under Employment Opportunities: Nursing, Other than Staff RN.

In addition to Washington state requirements, Seattle Children’s prefers students to have completed their junior year of a BSN program and to have completed a pediatric clinical rotation before applying for a nurse tech position.

How to apply

Apply online via our careers website. Questions? Contact our nurse recruiter at 206-987-2112 or, toll free, at 800-874-6691.

Nursing

Clinical experiences for nursing students are only available via contracted affiliated schools of nursing.

How to apply

Nursing school faculty or representatives may contact Nursing Professional Development at 206-987-1639. Students are to work through their school representatives.

Occupational Therapy

Please note that there is a three-year waiting list for occupational therapy internships at Seattle Children's. There are only a few slots designated to each school.

Requirements

  • You must be in an occupational therapy program at a university with which we have a contract.
  • Requests must go through the Occupational Therapy department at Children's and through the fieldwork coordinator at your university.
  • If we do not have a contract with your school, you must talk to your fieldwork/internship coordinator to arrange an internship with Children's.

How to apply

Contact the fieldwork/internship coordinator at your university.

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

The Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency at Seattle Children’s is a one-year training program that offers an environment to gain professional competence, expand clinical knowledge, and develop a philosophy of pharmacy practice.

Applications are accepted in early January for the residency program that runs from July to June. Selected applicants will be required to visit Seattle Children’s for an on-site interview in January or February.

Requirements

  • PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy or equivalent experience.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Washington. Must obtain pharmacist license by September during the residency program.
  • Participate in the ASHP Pharmacy Resident Matching Program.

How to apply

Application materials are usually accepted through the second week of January. Contact the program director, listed below, for the annual deadline. Selected applicants will be required to visit Seattle Children's for an on-site interview in January or February

  • Personal statement outlining career goals, areas or interest, and reasons for applying to the residency program at Seattle Children’s
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted directly to Seattle Children’s

Submit inquiries and application materials to:

Eric Harvey, PharmD, MBA
Pharmacy Quality Manager
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Seattle Children’s
M/S R-3409
PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

Phone: 206-987-1990
Fax: 206-987-2224

Physical Therapy

Please note that there are only a few slots available per calendar year, and an interview process with each prospective intern is required to help determine if this pediatric setting is the most appropriate for the student.

Requirements

  • You must be in a physical therapy program at a university with which we have a contract.
  • Requests must be relayed to the clinical coordinator of clinic education (CCCE) in the Physical Therapy department at Children’s through the fieldwork coordinator at your university.
  • If we do not have a contract with your school, you must talk to your fieldwork/internship coordinator to have them initiate contact with the CCCE at Children’s to determine if setting up a contract is possible.

Schools

  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Pacific University
  • Northwestern University

How to apply

Contact the fieldwork/internship coordinator at your university to help set up an interview with the CCCE at Seattle Children's.

Social Work

We accept five to seven master's-level social work interns each year. These are unpaid internships. The duration of the internship is usually eight months, but may vary depending on the requirements of the student's practicum curriculum.

Requirements

These internships are available to master's-level social work students currently enrolled in a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants must be referred to the program by a practicum fieldwork coordinator at their MSW practicum office, and the internship must be part of a formal social work curriculum.

Schools

University of Washington School of Social Work, but will consider requests from other CSWE programs.

How to apply

Contact the Social Work department at 206-987-2167 and ask for the Social Work internship coordinator.

Speech Therapy

Please note that there is a three-year waiting list for speech therapy internships at Seattle Children's. There are only a few slots designated to each school.

Requirements

  • You must be in a speech therapy program at a university with which we have a contract.
  • Requests must go through the Speech Therapy department at Children's and through the fieldwork coordinator at your university.
  • If we do not have a contract with your school, you must talk to your fieldwork/internship coordinator to arrange an internship with Children's.

How to apply

Contact the fieldwork/internship coordinator at your university.

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