Dual Internship in Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is not accepting applications for the dual Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation internship experience at this time. Please check back for future offerings of the dual internship.

The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy offers a dual internship experience in both Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation.

Interns in the dual program must complete a minimum of 18 weeks (full-time) to ensure adequate training time in each discipline. 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. 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.

Dual internships are offered once a year, during the spring (January – May). Upon completion of a dual internship, the intern will meet the eligibility requirements of an internship experience for both the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).


  • Dual Internship students must be college seniors or graduates with a major or concentration in therapeutic recreation.
  • Applicants must complete the Association of Child Life Professionals course review through the Eligibility Assessment and have a minimum of 10 approved courses, including one course taught by a CCLS, completed prior to applying to the internship program. Information on coursework can be found on the NCTRC website and the ACLP website. ACLP will review your transcript for you to indicate which courses meet the certification requirements. Please refer to the dual internship packet checklist for a complete listing of prerequisites.
  • Applicants must have at least 100 hours of student or work experience with children individually or in group settings (such as camps, day cares, developmental centers, etc.).
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 100 hours experience in an established Therapeutic Recreation or Child Life Program working under the direct supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists or Certified Child Life Specialist in a healthcare or related setting. The 100 hours in a pediatric healthcare setting are a requirement. Additional hours in other settings should be included on your application.

Start/end dates

The start/end dates are established with limited flexibility.

Please email the Student Programs Coordinator with any questions regarding the start and end dates. For students who are affiliated with a university, end dates may vary based on semester calendars and graduation deadlines.


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 students.


To apply for a dual Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation internship, please download the Dual Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation internship application

The number of students accepted will vary from semester to semester due to the number of applicants and supervisor availability. Generally we accept one to two dual child life/therapeutic recreation interns.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy at 267-426-1340 or email childlifestudentprograms@email.chop.edu.