Internships

Art Therapy Studio is the oldest creative arts therapy program of its kind in the country. Our mission is to enhance individuals’ quality of life through therapeutic art. We use art making led by credentialed art therapists to promote healing and wellness.  

Please be aware that at this time we can only accept volunteers and interns 18 years of age and older, no exceptions. We are only able to take on interns and volunteers who currently reside in Northeast Ohio.

Art Therapy Clinical and Internship Opportunities

Art Therapy Studio is looking for individuals wanting to make a difference in the community, while also gaining the necessary experience to satisfy course requirements. Interns and Clinical students will gain practice in a variety of settings and roles at our Fairhill Studio and at our Community Partner sites. Our community based art therapy allows us to meet our client-artists where they are and help them use art as a tool to set and accomplish goals. 

We offer opportunities for students seeking to satisfy requirements for Clinical I, Undergraduate and Clinical II, and Internship I/II courses. 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICANTS WHO ARE:

  • Friendly and helpful
  • Comfortable interacting with people of varying abilities and backgrounds 
  • Enrolled in an Art Therapy Program
  • Able to work well with others and/or independently with little to no supervision 
  • Able to perform web-based research 
  • Skillful with basic computer functions 
  • Willing to learn 
  • CLINICAL I

    Art Therapy Studio offers Information Sessions which can be used to satisfy Site Visit course requirements. To sign up for our next Virtual Information Session please complete this form.

  • UNDERGRADUATE/CLINICAL II

    Art Therapy Studio offers placements for Undergraduate Internship/Clinical II which may fill course requirements. Ideal candidates for placement with us should be enrolled in an accredited Art Therapy program at the University level.

    Students interested in participating in Art Therapy Studio’s Undergraduate Internship/Clinical II program are required to first attend an Information Session. We will be holding these Information Sessions virtually on the first Wednesday of each month (dates may be subject to change).

    Even if you have already attended an Information Session and interviewed with us in the past, please register again, as our policies and procedures have changed due to COVID-19. You can sign up here.

    RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
    • Work with clients 1:1 and in small groups to facilitate participation while social distancing
    • Assist clients with use of technology and remote conferencing
    • Observe art therapy sessions and assist the art therapist as needed
    • Prep art supplies and kits for remote or socially distanced participation
    • Intern participates remotely or in person. If participating remotely the intern may be asked to visit the studio in person, unless quarantine is necessary 
    • One day per week: 9 am to 5 pm (8-10 hours per week, 4-5 hours of client contact)
    • Attend 1 supervision session per week – held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:30 – in person or virtual attendance available
  • INTERNSHIP I/II

    Art Therapy Studio offers placements for Internships I/II which may fill course requirements. Ideal candidates for placement with us should be enrolled in an accredited Art Therapy program at a Master’s level.

    Students interested in participating in Art Therapy Studio’s Undergraduate Internship/Clinical II program are required to first attend an Information Session. We will be holding these Information Sessions virtually on the first Wednesday of each month (dates may be subject to change).

    Even if you have already attended an Information Session and interviewed with us in the past, please register again, as our policies and procedures have changed due to COVID-19. You can sign up here.

    INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: 
    • 8-10 hours per week
    • Develops and implements programming for community art therapy initiatives or for partner organization sites in collaboration with Art Therapy Studio staff. 
    • Conducts research and compiles data related to placement population and completes quantitative evaluations on efficacy of the program.  
    • Prepares a written final report on the program and presents findings to ATS staff and board members as requested.
    QUALIFICATIONS:  
    • Enrollment in a Master’s level Art Therapy program.
    • Completion of a minimum of 100 practicum hours in art therapy at the master’s level
    • Demonstrate self-initiative, strong public organizational skills, ability to maintain a clinical schedule, effective interpersonal and team communication skills, superior professionalism and customer service skills.  Passion for working with youth and ability to deliver trauma informed care.
    • Working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point)
    PLACEMENT OPTIONS:
    • Social Justice Internship – Make a difference and get hands on experience with an internship at Art Therapy Studio. We are currently recruiting for unique opportunities to work in the community with partner non-profit organizations serving children and adults in Northeast Ohio. Interns could be placed with transitional housing facilities, community centers, organizations serving refugees, programs serving veterans, addiction and treatment centers, LGBTQ+ programs, and more. Internship placements are subject to availability. Part of this internship would also assist us in measuring the impacts of art therapy on combatting the negative mental health effects of child homelessness. The ideal candidate will be compassionate, demonstrate patience and flexibility, and enjoy working with all types of people and must be comfortable working with children. 
    • Art Therapy Research – Make a difference and get hands on experience with an internship at Art Therapy Studio. We are currently recruiting for a research intern to develop art therapy programs at area facilities for the purpose of gathering empirical data to demonstrate the efficacy of art therapy on a variety of mental and behavioral health issues. Research may involve working with individuals living with dementia, addiction, experiencing homelessness, survivors of sex trafficking, and others. 
 

Arts Administration Internships (Temporarily discontinued due to COVID)

We are seeking individuals who are interested in the healing power of visual art, looking to participate in the day-to-day operations of an arts organization, and making a difference in people’s lives. This is the perfect experience for Arts Management students. Interns will gain insight into all that goes into keeping an arts organization running. You will get real life experience in fundraising, event planning, data entry, social media planning, filing, and art show installation. 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICANTS WHO ARE:

  • Friendly and helpful 
  • Comfortable interacting with people of varying abilities and backgrounds 
  • Interested in working in an administrative role 
  • Able to work well with others and/or independently with little to no supervision 
  • Able to perform web-based research 
  • Comfortable with answering phone calls
  • Excellent proofreaders and editors 
  • Skillful with basic computer functions 
  • Willing to learn 
  • Able to commit to 10 hours a week onsite

Interested students should complete this application

ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIPS ARE UNPAID.

 

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