Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy

Media Programs

The Media Programs group of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides patient and family education and programming that is interactive, therapeutic, entertaining and educational via its closed-circuit television network, GALAXY 51. This network broadcasts to each patient room on Main Campus, and patients are able to call down into the studio via a bedside phone. The Media Programs group is part of CHOP’s Child Life Department and provides activities that encourage a sense of normalcy, community and distraction for all children.

Media Programs Student Training Program

Under the leadership and training of the Media Programs staff, students work to research, develop, host and produce the shows airing on GALAXY 51. Students have a unique opportunity for hands-on, in-depth work in the production of more than 25+ hours of live programming weekly. Shows range from sports talk to entertainment magazine to newscast updates and even game shows where viewers win prizes. Celebrity guests in music and film visit regularly and students are expected to play an integral role in these visits, including but not limited to taking PR photos, writing blog recaps for social media, and preparing for and conducting interviews.

Students are trained on and work daily with state of the art equipment and are evaluated on their equipment skill, creativity, production coordination, content creation, audience interaction, editing, and on camera hosting. Excerpts of show work may be used for a student’s production reel.

All students selected for the program must receive college credit and an Affiliation Agreement must be finalized between CHOP and a student’s school prior to the start of the student’s term. (CHOP will contact and coordinate this process with each school.)

Scheduling

Applications are accepted year round for three available terms: 

Students are required to work a minimum of 12 hours per week. Each student accepted will be assigned a set shift schedule that will remain the same throughout the term. Shifts are scheduled during operating hours which are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

*There will be some flexibility in accommodating school calendars, vacations, and varying shift combinations, however interns should plan on being sufficiently available at the beginning and end of terms for incoming and outgoing training. Due to an extensive background clearance process, please note that it can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to be cleared to begin work once an intern has been accepted and completed submitting all required paperwork, so interviews are conducted several months in advance of a term’s start date.

To apply

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and list of courses completed or currently enrolled in to:

Via email (preferred): galaxy51@email.chop.edu

Or postal mail:

Attn: Galaxy 51 Student Training Program, Kris Schrader
Child Life Department, Room 8540
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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