Medical Art Therapy Internship

Lurie Children’s is the place where kids come first. Our care extends well beyond medical treatment and considers the needs for the whole child in the context of their family. For this reason, we provide a child focused, family-centered-care model. As an art therapy intern, you are part of a psychosocial team that plays an integral role in a child's healing process. You are directly supervised by a registered, board-certified art therapist through the hospital's Family Services Department. Learn more about our art therapists.

The art therapy internship is 24 hours/week, Monday through Friday, fulfilling the requirements of the American Art Therapy Association. Exact internship dates are decided with the student and his/her school and are based on the hospital's orientation schedule.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for the art therapy internship, you must be currently enrolled in an art therapy graduate level program approved by the American Art Therapy Association.

We are currently in contract with The Adler School of Professional Psychology and The School of The Art Institute.

How to Apply

All documents below should be mailed to the address on the application by February 12, 2016.

  • Completed Medical Art Therapy Internship Application
  • Practicum certificate OR letter from your practicum supervisor indicating academic good standing
  • Current resume
  • Non-refundable processing fee of $10, made payable to Lurie Children’s
  • Three letters of reference in sealed and signed envelopes
  • Unofficial transcript from schools attended prior to art therapy graduate program

Download the Medical Art Therapy Internship Application.

After all applications and documents have been reviewed, selected candidates will be interviewed. Part of the interview process involves a portfolio review. Applicants who are not selected will receive written notification that Lurie Children’s will not be able to provide them with an internship. Please note that only one or two applicants are selected each year.


Please direct all questions or inquiries to Willow Troy Messier, ATR-BC, CCLS, Art Therapy Internship Coordinator and Art Therapist in Hematology/Oncology, at