Nova Scotia Health Authority & IWK Health Centre Recreation Therapy Internship & Student Placement Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for a student learning experience at NSHA (Central Zone) and/or IWK.


ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED. Ensure you also include/forward additional documentation to support your application as specified at by the application (see details in additional documentation section below).

This application process covers ALL Recreation Therapy Internships and Recreation Therapy Community College student placements within mental health and addictions, community services, and hospital based recreation therapy services within the IWK and Nova Scotia Health Authority - NSHA(Central Zone) West Hants, Halifax and Eastern Shore areas.


Recreation Therapy Internship (Recreation Therapy Degree) Applicants Recreation Therapy Student Placement (Recreation Therapy Diploma) Applicants
All NSHA and IWK internships are 16 weeks long (600 hours) Only students from programs that are in line with NCTRC eligibility may apply. Varied dates and length of placement
January - April Placement
Deadline: August 1
May - August Placement
Deadline: December 1
September - December Placement
Deadline: May 1
NSCC applicantsDeadline: December 15th
Please check with your NSCC practicum coordinator for yearly application deadlines

All other recreation therapy programs – please apply for student placement a minimum of 90 days prior to start of placement

Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline. Late applications will only be considered if internships remain available.


  • If you are a successful applicant, you will be required to meet ALL pre-placement requirements of the respective organization for which the internship/placement is occurring (i.e. immunization requirements, criminal record check and vulnerable sector search, placement and confidentiality agreements etc.). Internships/student placements cannot be started until all requirements have been met.

    NOTE: Dalhousie Applicants are to have met the NSHA/IWK pre-placement immunization requirements prior to applying for an Internship. Please discuss your eligibility with your Internship coordinator and the School of Health and Human Performance Administrative Secretary.

    Please refer to the following websites for details of specific organization requirements.
    NSHA Pre-placement Requirements
    IWK Pre-placement Requirements

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Students must demonstrate objective competency in English, if it is their second language. A score of 550 or higher on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required.


Once you have completed the application form below, please email the additional documents required for your application to the appropriate e-mail address(es) below. Your application is incomplete until all documents are received.

Recreation Therapy Internship (Recreation Therapy Degree) Applicants Recreation Therapy Student Placement (Recreation Therapy Diploma) Applicants
Dalhousie University Applicants
  • Copy of University Unofficial Transcripts;
  • Resume
  • (Dalhousie will provide confirmation of NCTRS eligibility and course descriptions)
All Student Placement Applicants
  • Copy of College Unofficial Transcripts
  • Resume
Out of Province Recreation Therapy Students
  • Copy of University Unofficial Transcripts;
  • Resume
  • Letter from Student Advisor (Confirming NCTRC Eligibility)
  • Therapeutic Recreation Course Descriptions;

Email required additional documents to the following addresses

Please include your first and last name as the subject of your email address. Files should not exceed a total of 4mb (4096kb). Acceptable file formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf)

Please review the full application before you start. You will not be able to save information in the application. It will need to be completed in one sitting.

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