Child Life Internship FAQ

Please note that we will be offering internships in the spring and fall semesters. During summer semesters we will be offering a child life practicum experience.


What are the deadlines for internship applications?

We follow the deadlines set by the Association of Child Life Professionals,.  Click here for an application to our internship program.  Click here for additional application information.

Internship Application Deadline, Offer, Acceptance, and 2nd Offer Dates

Internship Session

Application Deadlines

Initial Offer Dates

Acceptance Dates

2nd Offer Date


September 5

2nd Tuesday
of October

Following Wednesday

Following Thursday


January 5

2nd Tuesday
of February

Following Wednesday

Following Thursday


March 15

1st Tuesday
of May

Following Wednesday

Following Thursday


Are there any requirements before applying?


1. We require that all applicants have completed a Child Life Practicum before applying for internship.

2. We require that applicants have 150 hours of demonstrated work with children in a medical setting (i.e. volunteer, practicum, child life assistant)

3. We require 150 hours work with children in a non-hospital setting.

4.  We require at least 50 hours of work with children in a stressful situations (i.e camps for children with medical diagnosis, support groups, etc). .

Please note that by documenting it on only the application does not serve as verification. Please note that we want all of these hours to be complete and verified when applying for the internship. The hours may be verified by using the form we have provided, a letter from the employer, or time sheet.

5. We also require that candidates have completed the course that has been taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

6. Also note that we require a $20.00 application fee. Please include a check made out to the GHS Child Life. This fee is non refundable if your application is not complete or you are not chosen for an interview.

What is the interview process?

We will do a first round of phone interviews after we complete the review of applications. Candidates will be selected and notified about scheduling the phone interview. From these applicants we will determine who will be invited to the final round of interviews. Candidates will be expected to travel to our site for an in-person interview if they live within 300 miles of our hospital. If they live beyond 300 miles, a phone/skype interview will be scheduled. 

How long is the internship?

Child Life students are required to complete a minimum of fifteen (15) weeks of forty (40) hours per week for a total of 600 hours.  However, if you or your school desire/require a longer internship period, arrangements can be made to accommodate you.

What does the internship include?

Under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist, the student is given basic responsibility for patients and families in a therapeutic setting.  The goal of the internship is to provide the student with supervised, guided experience with children and families while learning about the provision of professional child life services.  The basic components of the internship are organized around the Child Life Competencies.