“My name is Amy VerBurg, and I am from River Falls, WI. During my junior year of college at UW-Eau Claire (after switching my major several times), I heard of a profession called Child Life. Knowing that I was drawn to the healthcare field and loved working with children, I decided to explore what Child Life was all about. Not knowing where to start, I began exploring volunteer options and stumbled across an amazing opportunity with Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, the Child Life Volunteer Exposure Experience! Volunteering at Children’s not only provided me with the amazing experience of working with children in hospitals, but it also gave me the opportunity to explore a potential career! After graduating, I was accepted for a Child Life Internship at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Shortly after completing my internship, I passed the Child Life certification exam and was hired as a Child Life Specialist in the Emergency Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I spent a little over a year at Mayo and just recently accepted a new position back at the U of MN Amplatz Children’s Hospital working with kids going through bone marrow transplants. I love my career as a Child Life Specialist and am so thankful to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics for giving me the experience I needed to get where I am today!”
Thank you, Amy, for sharing your time & enthusiasm with us! We’re so proud of your journey into the Child Life field!