Pediatric Rehabilitation Internship

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers inpatient and outpatient clinical placements for graduate program students in our Audiology, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Sports Medicine Physical Therapy programs.

We offer fieldwork placements in our two main hospitals, nine outpatient rehabilitation locations and 10 sports medicine locations throughout metro Atlanta. Interns have the opportunity to work with pediatric patients exhibiting a wide range of injuries, illnesses and disorders.

For more information about our rehab internships, click on an option below.

Audiology

Fourth-year Au.D. externship
Children's offers a 12-month, full-time Au.D. extern position. Each student extern has a primary preceptor, but he or she will also have the opportunity to work with audiologists at our hospitals and outpatient offices.

Student externs can expect a comprehensive clinical experience in pediatric audiology, including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient diagnostics
  • Amplification
  • Electrophysiology
  • Auditory processing
  • Cochlear implants 

Students have the opportunity to rotate through our multidisciplinary clinics and programs, including:

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Craniofacial
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

The Au.D. intern position typically begins in June and is paid through a stipend. Students are expected to have health and liability insurance through their university and will receive no benefits through Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Second- or third-year Au.D. internship
Children's offers eight- to 16-week semester rotations during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students rotate through our two main hospitals as well as our neighborhood offices and receive comprehensive experience in pediatric audiology.

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

Music therapy

We accept music therapy students who have met the requirements outlined in the Music Therapy National Roster Internship Guidelines. These guidelines specify that the intern must have acquired all preinternship competencies required by both the American Music Therapy Association approved college/university and the internship program, prior to beginning the internship. 

Students primarily serve the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. An interest in working with pediatrics is required and prior experience in pediatrics is beneficial. We select students after a phone interview and onsite interviews. Other arrangements can be made for out-of-state students.

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

Occupational therapy

Children's accepts Level I and Level II fieldwork placements in our acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings. We strongly encourage students who are interested in a position in pediatrics following graduation and are interested in relocating to the Atlanta area to consider Children's for a Level II second or final fieldwork placement. A Fieldwork Data Form and a list of site-specific objectives are available to prospective universities.

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

Contact us with questions [Link to http://www.choa.org/Childrens-Hospital-Services/Rehabilitation/For-Professionals/Rehabilitation-Internships/Contact-us-about-internship]

Physical therapy

We accept final-year rotations in our acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings. We prefer final rotations for students with a strong interest in pursuing a position in pediatrics after graduation. 

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

Speech-language pathology

Children’s accepts graduate-level interns from ASHA-accredited programs that have completed all their required coursework. Applicants with prior clinical rotations are preferred. Clinical rotations are available in our acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

The initial contact should come from the supervisor at the intern’s university program. Following that contact, an interview is required prior to placement. Phone interviews can be arranged for out-of-state interns.

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

Sports medicine physical therapy

Children’s accepts physical therapy students for long-term clinical rotations. Clinical rotation spots are offered based on current census and clinical instructor availability. Our population includes pediatric and adolescent patients with both orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. Our average patient age range is between 8 and 18 years old. The student will be exposed to a wide variety of pediatric-specific diagnoses as well as a wide variety of sports.

We strongly encourage students who have a sports background and who are interested in orthopaedics to consider our sports medicine physical therapy rotation as a final rotation placement.

Questions?
If you have questions about the internship program, please contact us. You will get a response within five business days.

How to apply

Students must be age 18 or older due to HIPAA restrictions and in a graduate-level program to be eligible.

After selecting Children’s as your location of preference, your school fieldwork coordinator will discuss your request with you and contact us for placement. Any application for an internship must be submitted through your graduate program.

Contact us

For more information about our internship program, contact:

Tricia Easley, B.S., O.T.R./L.
Manager, Rehab Student Program 
Manager, Acute care rehab services at Egleston hospital
Email: tricia.easley@choa.org