Child Life Internship

Internship Program

The Child Life Program Internship program consists of 15 weeks and 600 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Our internship is an intensive experience as we require weekly readings and assignments as well as clinical time with patients and families.

We are using the Common Application that has been provided by the Child Life Council.  We are also now requiring the Eligibility Assessment as the Coursework Review has been discontinued. Please know that we want the eligibility assessment to be complete as well as the course taught by the child life specialist. We realize this can be a challenge but it is important for us to know that all the requirements are complete before offering an internship to a candidate.

During the internship program, our interns complete at least 2 rotations, one inpatient and one outpatient. Occasionally, our students complete more than 2 rotations depending on interests and availability. 

Common Child Life Application common_internship_application_2015.pdf

Verification form for hours with well children or children in the healthcare setting. Click Here

Additional information for application Click Here



Internship FAQ 

Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital Child Life program addresses the emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of hospitalized children and adolescents. As recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Life programs utilize developmentally appropriate activities to minimize stress and anxiety and to foster positive feelings about health care.

The profession's tools of the trade include everything from lip balm-scented face masks and bubbles to explanations about an upcoming procedure that a child can understand. During “medical play,” a Child Life specialist might help a child give an IV to a puppet in order to show how the straw-like tube delivers medicine to the body. In an operating room, they might show a patient how changing his breathing can make the numbers and lines on the monitor beside him fluctuate.

"Child Life and Family Studies" is its own college discipline, and all specialists have either a bachelor's or a master's degree in the subject or related subject such as psychology, sociology or therapeutic recreation. Specialists must also take additional classes including medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, as well as complete a practicum and a clinical internship. They must also pass the certification exam, given by the Child Life Council, as well as be recertified every five years.