Mary Free Bed’s child life program offers practicum opportunities during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Students must have their applications post-marked on or before the deadlines in adherence to the Child Life Council’s recommendations. Late or incomplete applications will be discarded and not considered.
Please mail completed application, resume and cover letter to:
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Parking for students is available in the Wellspring Church parking lot at 811 Wealthy St. SE. Students can access the Number 5 Rapid Bus, which has a stop at the corner of Wealthy Street and Eastern Avenue. The closest bus stop to the main campus is at the corner of Wealthy Street and Lafayette Avenue.
Security regularly patrols this parking lot and you may phone security at any time at 616.840.8015.
Please bring with you the name badge provided by your academic institution. You’ll also be provided with a Mary Free Bed identification badge that must be returned to your clinical supervisor on your final day.
Libraries Available to You
Mary Free Bed has a small library of books and audiovisual materials related to rehabilitation. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s also has a medical library available for student use. Their collection consists of medical, nursing and technical literature.
Available services include orientation to the library, circulation of materials, reference, assistance in locating and using library materials, interlibrary loans (for a fee) and photocopying. You may request a search via the Mary Free Bed Education Department.
In the Event of a Health Emergency
We will follow our hospital emergency procedures if a student is in need of medical attention for any type of injury or health emergency during working hours. We do this just as we would for any employee, patient or visitor.
In such a case, the on duty nursing supervisor will be called immediately to determine the appropriate intervention. This could include an emergency room visit, a physician’s care, the student being sent home or continuing to work. Our Infection Control Coordinator is available in such circumstances to determine if there are risks related to communicable or infectious disease. Students are responsible for any subsequent medical costs.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all costs incurred. Housing is sometimes available for a weekly or monthly charge with Mary Free Bed staff or elsewhere in the community. For housing inquiries, contact Beth Ferguson, Inpatient Department Secretary at 616.840.9769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dining Options & Meals
You may purchase snacks and meals in the Urban Platter cafeteria on the first floor of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, adjacent to Mary Free Bed. The Urban Platter is open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm and 11 pm to 1 am, 7 days a week.
You may also bring your own meals. Designated refrigerators and microwaves are available in the inpatient and outpatient therapy areas. You may eat in the cafeteria or one of the many “off-stage” areas available to you, such as the staff lounges.