Child Life internship

Children’s Minnesota offers a full-time (40 hour/week), child life specialist internship to an undergraduate student in his or her senior year. We also accept students in Master’s programs. Students must be affiliated with a university during their internship experience; Children’s is not able to accept independent students at this time.

Learn more about the program (overview, eligibility and selection criteria).

Application Process

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics uses the Common Child Life Internship Application form found on the Association of Child Life Professionals website. Please complete the Child Life Intern Application form and return it along with the requisite supporting documents in a single envelope to:

Diane Dingley, MS, CCLS
Children’s Minnesota
Child Life Department MS B704
2525 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

We also adhere to the ACLP’s timeline for offering internships and confirming acceptance from the student. Because we accept a limited number of students at one time, we recommend you apply for an internship at more than one hospital. Please note: You will not be notified upon receipt of your application. Use mail/shipping options if you require delivery confirmation.

In addition to the application form, we require 3 professional letters of reference, a copy of the ACLP Eligibility Assessment and Course Verification Form, and a description of your goals for an internship.

We do accept copies of official transcripts.

Application deadlines

Our application deadlines and process follow the recommendations of the Association of Child Life Professionals:

  • Fall Session (August – December)
    Application deadline (postmarked): March 15
    Offer date: first Tuesday in May
    Acceptance date: following Wednesday
  • Winter/Spring Session (February – May)
    Application deadline (postmarked): Sept 5
    Offer date: second Tuesday in October
    Acceptance date: following Wednesday

Additional information to consider before applying

Before applying, prospective students should review:


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