COA Life Enrichment Intern


The College of the Atlantic Life Enrichment Internship Program allows students the chance to directly participate in the clinical, engagement, and program-development environments of dementia care. The COA Life Enrichment Intern is dedicated to involving residents, clients, and consumers with memory loss in any of BBRV’s targeted programs and service areas in daily programming that helps them feel valued and provides them with a sense of purpose. This includes development and implementation of life enrichment programming in group and individual settings with a focus on person-centered dementia care and creating fulfilling and purposeful engagement opportunities for our memory care residents.

Clinical experiences are complemented by a series of assignments, presentations, creative projects, and readings designed to further the student’s theoretical and practical application of knowledge. Opportunities to develop individualized and person-centered programming through collaboration and coordination with employees, families, residents, and leaders provide a well-rounded platform for setting personal and professional development goals while also focusing on emerging professional skills and competencies.

Applicants must be seeking a degree or certificate in healthcare, therapy, social work, human ecology and horticulture, or a related field. Applicants must be in good standing at the College of the Atlantic and possess strong interpersonal skills, independence, initiative, and empathy. A valid US driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.

Application Deadlines:

The application deadline for the 11-week Spring internship (March 28 – June 10) is February 28.

The application deadline for the 10-week Summer internship (June 6 – August 12) is May 9.


No housing or stipend options are available. Lunches are provided for interns at no cost.


Education, Training or Certifications Required:

Seeking degree or certificate in healthcare, therapy, social work, human ecology and horticulture, or related field. BSW, RT, OTA, CAT, preferred. Student in good standing at COA required.

Experience Required:

Familiarity with memory loss and demonstrated skills in teamwork and group dynamics.

Special Requirements:

Basic computer skills

Cognitive Requirements:

Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbal and in writing. Additional languages preferred. Ability for high performance under stressful situations. Must be able to prioritize, multi-task and follow through.

Physical Demands:

Able to sit, stand and walk for an 8 hour shift. Adequate hearing, vision, speech, and manual dexterity. General health must be such as to regularly work scheduled hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising resident care. Able to lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds (assisting residents in and out of chairs, Etc.)


Potential for exposure to body fluids & infectious diseases. Potential for exposure to inappropriate resident behavior and verbal abuse. Use of Telephone and VDT. Working in a fast paced sometimes chaotic environment requiring multi-tasking and setting of priorities.