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Internship Program Information

The child life internship program provides intense working experience in child life. We place an emphasis on candidates with a strong academic background in child development.

Please note: We will not offer an internship opportunity for Fall 2011.

Required Academic Background

Senior in college or completed bachelor's or master's degree.

Suggested Majors (may include but are not exclusive to)

  • Child life
  • Child development
  • Human growth and development
  • Child psychology

Required Experience

  • Supervised involvement with healthy children (minimum of 100 hours).
  • Supervised involvement with children in the health care setting (minimum of 100 hours).
  • Solid understanding of child development through course work and experience.
  • Introductory understanding of/exposure to child life through readings, course work and experience.

Expectations of Student

  • Commitment of one (1) full semester (14 weeks), 40 hours/week.
  • Flexible schedule to include some weekends and evenings.
  • Provide on-site supervisor with list of expectations, requirements, evaluation from university and maintain contact with university supervisor.
  • Required readings, weekly journal, and final project.

Child Life Department Responsibilities

  • Child life supervisor who will communicate with university supervisor.
  • Weekly supervision meetings.
  • Exposure to a variety of ages and diagnostic groups.
  • Multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Flexibility to tailor internship experience to student's needs and interests.
  • Normalizing and therapeutically oriented interactions with patients and families.
  • Opportunities for continuing education.

Recommendations

  • We strongly suggest that students do not have an outside job during this internship.
  • We recommend that applicants contact the Child Life Council to gain more information about the child life profession.