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) and internship opportunities.

Application Process

Please complete the Child Life Intern Application form and return it along with the requisite supporting documents to:

Diane Dingley, MS, CCLS
Children’s Minnesota
Child Life Department MS 32-7210
2525 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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.

Application deadlines

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

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