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Internships

Interns at Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center put into action the skills and best practices they learn at college. Interns give our participants personal attention and become advocates within their fields for people with disabilities.

Our center offers classes, outings and life skills training for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Participants include those who may be college-bound and those who may require lifelong care. Most classes and activities are at the Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell. Staff from the Burnett Adult Life Center support each class.

"I learned so much about myself on both a personal and professional level during my extended internship. I’m now accepted into a Master of Occupational Therapy program and hope to make a further impact once I’m a licensed OT." 
- Ashley, former intern, UW Bothell

We partner with different colleges to offer internships and fieldwork for a variety of career paths.

Fieldwork Courses

The Burnett Adult Life Center is a training and fieldwork site for students from the University of Washington and UW Bothell. The students are preparing for careers in fields such as social work, nursing, health studies, community psychology, education and business. Our coordinator works with UW and UW Bothell departments each quarter to decide on placement of students.

Therapeutic Recreation

We offer 16-week nonclinical recreational therapy internships for students seeking to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). Interns help instructors in the classroom and take part in activities and outings. As they gain experience, interns have the opportunity to plan coursework. Internships run from May to September. The deadline to apply is in February. Download our manual and application for full details.

Music Therapy 

Music therapy undergraduate students from Seattle Pacific University can complete preclinical practicum hours at our center. Student music therapists put into action the skills and best practices they learn in their degree program. They help instructors in the classroom and take part in activities and music making with students. As they gain experience, student music therapists help plan coursework and run group sessions. Classes are 1 hour long. Class size depends on enrollment. We adjust staffing ratios as needed.

For more information, email Dan Diaz, MT-BC.

Art Therapy

Pre-practicum internships in art therapy are open to students who want to put into action what they are learning at Antioch University. These interns help instructors in the classroom and work with students on projects. As they gain experience, they can also help plan coursework. Class length and the ratio of staff to participants vary based on topic and instructor.

For more information, email Mike Willen, MPS, LMHCA, AT.