Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy

Professional Education

The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department offers a variety of training opportunities in:

Opportunities for internships and practicum experiences vary by discipline.

Student program frequently asked questions

Is there a fee to complete a student experience?

No, the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department provides student education free of charge.

Are student experiences paid?

No, none of the student experiences are paid.

Are start/end dates flexible?

Start/end dates depend on several variables, including Hospital orientation dates and the length of the student experience. Check with the student program coordinator for the program you are interested in for more specific information on the flexibility of start/end dates, as they will vary as well from program to program. For Dual program: For students who are affiliated with a university, start/end dates may vary based on semester calendars and graduation deadlines.

How many students do you accept at a time?

The number of students accepted will vary from semester to semester due to the number of applicants and supervisor availability. Generally we accept two to four child life students, four creative arts therapy students (art/music therapy) and one dual child life/therapeutic recreation student.\

Do you provide housing for out-of-town students?

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia does not provide housing for students. However, rooms and apartments are available for rent from Sansom Place Guest Accommodations through The University of Pennsylvania, located adjacent to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Students who are accepted to the student program who contact Sansom Place Guest Accommodations for housing must notify the staff at Sansom Place that they are CHOP-Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department students. 

Contact us

For more information about professional education in the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, please call 267-426-1340 or e-mail

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