Comprehensive child life internship training is offered three times a year. Internship training is one piece of what is required for those students who are planning a career as a certified child life specialist. Information about certification process and eligibility requirements for certification can be found at The Child Life Council’s website. Internship positions are full time (40 hours/week) for 16 weeks.
Interns are involved in the planning and implementation of a developmentally and emotionally supportive programming for infants, children and adolescents. Students are expected to incorporate play, emotional support, healthcare education and family involvement in order to enhance the social, emotional, intellectual and physical well-being of children and families in the healthcare setting.
Interns rotate through two different areas of the hospital during their experience. A variety of both inpatient and outpatient areas will be offered each semester for students to rotate through.
For more detailed information about the child life internship experience, please download the internship application, which includes the Intern Job Description and Application.
The start/end dates are established with limited flexibility. For Spring 2015, the session dates are Jan. 5, 2015, through April 24, 2015. For the Summer 2015 session, the dates are May 18, 2015 through Sept. 4, 2015. For Fall 2015, the session dates are Aug. 31, 2015, through Dec. 18, 2015. Please contact the Student Programs Coordinator with any questions regarding the start and end dates.
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 interns.
Interns have the ability to give feedback about which areas in the Hospital are most interesting to them. Final placement decisions are made at the discretion of the student program coordinators.
Potential interns must have completed a minimum of 100 hours volunteer or paid work experience working with children and a minimum of 100 hours practicum experience in the pediatric healthcare setting under the direct supervision of a Child Life Specialist. The educational prerequisites include at least in the last semester of your senior year of undergraduate work, 10 courses approved by the Child Life Council, enrollment or completion of a course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. Please refer to the internship packet checklist for a complete listing of prerequisites.
While all these experiences with children are extremely valuable in the selection process and your career overall, the 100 hours in a pediatric healthcare setting under the supervision of a child life specialist are a requirement. Additional hours in other settings should be included on your application.
No, you don't need a bachelor's degree in child life at this time. Many child life staff have their degrees in Child Development, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, etc. Child Life intern applicants must complete the Child Life Council course review and have a minimum of 10 approved courses including enrollment or completion of a Child Life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist completed prior to applying to the internship program. Please review information on the Child Life Council’s website regarding changes in academic preparations for certification eligibility that will be initiated in the future.
The Child Life Council is the governing organization for the child life profession. Information on coursework can be found on their website. CLC can also review your transcript for you.
Information on career planning can be found on the Child Life Council website.
Yes. If you are in your last semester of your senior year or if you have completed your bachelor's degree, you are able to apply for our internship.
Yes. The Child Life internship experience is 16 weeks, 40 hours per week.
No, because the majority of our applicants are not from the local area, a phone interview is sufficient, although all applicants are welcome to come for an on-site tour and interview.
For more information about professional education in the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, please call 267-426-1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.