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Working As An Art Internship

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Art Internship Do

Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Duties

Recreational therapists typically do the following:

  • Assess patients’ needs through observations, medical records, tests, and discussions with other healthcare professionals, patients’ families, and patients
  • Create treatment plans and programs that meet patients’ needs and interests
  • Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient
  • Engage patients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games, and community outings
  • Help patients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent
  • Teach patients about ways to cope with stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Record and analyze a patient’s progress
  • Evaluate interventions for effectiveness

Recreational therapists help people reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic physical and mental abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively.

They use activities, such as arts and crafts, dance, or sports, to help their patients. For example, a recreational therapist can help a patient who is paralyzed on one side of their body by teaching them to adapt activities, like casting a fishing rod or swinging a golf club, by using their functional side.

Therapists often treat specific groups of patients, such as children with cancer. Therapists may use activities such as kayaking or a ropes course to teach patients to stay active and to form social relationships.

Recreational therapists help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities. For example, therapists may teach a patient who uses a wheelchair how to use public transportation.

Therapists may also provide interventions for patients who need help developing social and coping skills. For example, a therapist may use a therapy dog to help patients manage their depression or anxiety.

Therapists may work with physicians or surgeons, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, teachers, or occupational therapists. Recreational therapists are different from recreation workers, who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment.

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Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Many employers require therapists to be certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Education

Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree, usually in recreational therapy or a related field such as recreation and leisure studies.

Recreational therapy programs include courses in assessment, human anatomy, medical and psychiatric terminology, characteristics of illnesses and disabilities, and the use of assistive devices and technology. Bachelor’s degree programs usually include an internship.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers, particularly those in hospitals and other clinical settings, prefer to hire certified recreational therapists. The NCTRC offers the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential. Candidates may qualify for certification through one of two pathways. The first option requires a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, which includes the completion of a supervised internship of at least 560 hours, and passing an exam. The second option also requires passing an exam, but allows candidates with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated subject to qualify with a combination of education and work experience. Therapists must take continuing education classes to maintain certification.

NCTRC also offers specialty certification in five areas of practice: behavioral health, community inclusion services, developmental disabilities, geriatrics, and physical medicine/rehabilitation. Therapists also may earn certificates from other organizations to show proficiency in specific therapy techniques, such as aquatic therapy or aromatherapy.

As of 2014, only New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah required recreational therapists to obtain a license. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact the state’s medical board.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Recreational therapists should be kind and empathetic when providing support to patients and their families. They may deal with patients who are in pain or under emotional stress.

Leadership skills. Recreational therapists must be able to plan, develop, and implement intervention programs in an effective manner. They must be engaging and able to motivate patients to participate in a variety of therapeutic activities.

Listening skills. Recreational therapists must listen carefully to a patient’s problems and concerns. They can then determine an appropriate course of treatment for that patient.

Patience. Recreational therapists may work with some patients who require more time and special attention than others.

Resourcefulness. Recreational therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be both creative and flexible when adapting activities or programs to each patient’s needs.

Speaking skills. Recreational therapists need to communicate well with their patients. They must give clear directions during activities or instructions on healthy coping techniques.

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Graphic Designer Consultant Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Art Therapy Specialist Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Art Therapy Specialist Therapist Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Administrator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Adjunct Professor Board Member
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Art Therapy Specialist Therapist Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Program Assistant Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Counselor Social Worker Service Supervisor
Manager, Member Services
6 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinician Case Manager Clinical Director
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Administrator Nurse Manager
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Teacher Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Social Worker Mental Health Clinician
Mental Health Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Artist Senior Graphic Designer Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinical Social Worker Social Work Case Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Art Internship

  1. Group Therapy Sessions
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Mental Health Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned, organized, and led individual and group therapy sessions with children and families within the Arts and Literacy after-school program
  • Serve on interdisciplinary team formulating and modifying treatment plans integrating recreation activities with social and coping skills development.
  • Served as a therapist on an interdisciplinary team providing comprehensive mental health services to children and their families through the schools.
  • Facilitated group and individual art therapy sessions for children through older adults informed by cognitive and behavioral therapies.
  • Organized and provided materials for art projects that were exciting and therapeutic for individuals suffering from debilitating mental illness.

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Art Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

66.6%

Male

22.0%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.4%

French

19.9%

Italian

7.4%

Mandarin

4.6%

German

4.6%

Chinese

4.4%

Japanese

3.3%

Cantonese

2.6%

Korean

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Hebrew

1.3%

Greek

0.9%

Hindi

0.7%

Thai

0.4%

Tagalog

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%

Polish

0.4%

Swedish

0.2%
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Art Internship Education

Schools

New York University

9.8%

Lesley University

9.3%

Pratt Institute-Main

7.7%

Hofstra University

7.7%

School of Visual Arts

7.3%

Drexel University

7.3%

George Washington University

6.8%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

5.1%

College of New Rochelle

4.5%

Albertus Magnus College

3.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.6%

Seton Hill University

3.5%

Long Island University - C W Post Campus

3.2%

Eastern Virginia Medical School

3.2%

Florida State University

3.2%

Boston University

3.0%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.0%

Wayne State University

2.9%

Mount Mary University

2.9%

Notre Dame de Namur University

2.6%
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Majors

Rehabilitation Science

27.5%

Fine Arts

17.5%

Graphic Design

10.1%

Psychology

5.3%

Communication

4.3%

Photography

3.7%

Business

3.1%

Mental Health Counseling

3.0%

Entertainment Business

2.8%

English

2.5%

Theatre

2.4%

Journalism

2.4%

School Counseling

2.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.1%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Music

1.8%

Animation

1.8%

Advertising

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.1%

Masters

37.0%

Other

9.7%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.0%
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