Internships in Drama Therapy: Information for Host Organizations

Internships in Drama Therapy: Information for Host Organizations

Graduate students in the program of Drama Therapy are preparing to work as entry-level general practitioners. During their two-and-a-half-year course of study, they complete one structured fieldwork placement and at least two clinical internships, applying knowledge gained in the classroom to clinical practice in the field.

We have internships at over 30 sites in the New York City metropolitan area, including hospitals, outpatient centers, rehabilitation facilities, community organizations, and schools. Sites include the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Kings Country Hospital Center and Bellevue Hospital Center), and Hackensack University Medical Center, among many others. There are also sites in New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester County.

Students begin their structured fieldwork during their second semester of study. The fieldwork consists of four half-day experiences which focus on developing observational skills, increasing knowledge of drama therapy practice areas, and implementing drama therapeutic techniques. During the following three semesters, students complete their two clinical internships, working for 800 supervised hours, at least 300 of which are in direct care. They rotate through a variety of practice areas, and are assigned individual caseloads and group work consisting of patients and clients with whom they take on higher levels of responsibility as the internship progresses.

In order to receive NYU interns, sites work with our internship coordinator to complete an affiliate agreement and a fieldwork site data form, review standards for student assessment, and discuss mutual expectations. Field supervisors must be registered drama therapists.

In exchange for providing our students with valuable internships, we offer our site supervisors a 3-credit course waiver for a class at NYU Steinhardt.

If you would like more information about hosting an NYU intern, please contact Maria Hodermarska, internship coordinator, at mh51@nyu.edu, or 212 992 9756.