Art Therapy

The process of making art is a natural form of self-expression for children and adolescents. Art therapy can help people of all ages and abilities make sense of their experience in the hospital and express their thoughts and feelings in a non-threatening way. A session with an art therapist offers your child the opportunity to make choices and gain control in an environment where he or she doesn't always have those options.

Art therapists are masters' degree-trained mental health professionals who are trained in both art and psychology. They work with children and adults of all ages, using diverse art modalities (such as drawing, painting, collage-making, photography, working with clay, or exploring new materials) for assessment and treatment. At NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, art therapy is used to treat depression, relieve anxiety about medical procedures, and manage psychosocial and emotional difficulties related to medical illness, trauma, and loss.

Art therapy may also help your child communicate better with his or her healthcare team, normalize the hospital experience, and build confidence and self-esteem.

Art Therapy Internship

New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital has one opening for an Art Therapy internship in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The internship will provide the Art Therapy intern with opportunities to learn the clinical practices of art therapy in the medical setting, as well as the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team. The student’s educational experience will be supported and sustained by hospital-wide workshops and presentations, department discussions, in-services, and hands-on experiences with patients and their families.


Our 30-week internship program is a year-long internship during the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to commit to a total of 20 hours per week, Monday and Friday 9am-5pm.

The Art Therapy Internship Application is available for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be going into their second year within an accredited Art Therapy graduate program

The Art Therapy Internship application requires:

  • Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation on the MSCH recommendation form
  • At least 10 images of your own artwork
  • Resume highlighting relevant experience
  • Official Art Therapy Internship application for NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital with typed responses to questions
  • Affiliation with college or university that has signed the NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital agreement for student interns (only needed if Art Therapy Internship is offered, and must be received at least one month before internship start date)

Application documents

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017*

*ALL application materials MUST be postmarked by the application deadline in order to be considered for the Art Therapy Internship.

Other information

  • Students who have met the deadline and all requirements should be available for a phone and on-site interview.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Send completed applications and all other application materials to:

Susanne Bifano
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy Department
3959 Broadway, 5 Tower, Room 526
New York, NY 10032


Art Therapy

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