Child Life Practicum

The Child Life Department is committed to providing a practicum experience for those individuals that wish to pursue a child life internship. This practicum experience allows students to learn through reading, observing, and interacting. The practicum student can expect to gain knowledge from all of these different interactions as well as those with Certified Child Life Specialists. The practicum experience will also allow the student to apply developmental theory while working with children and families as well as integrate knowledge and theory into clinical interactions.

 The practicum curriculum involves both clinical and non-clinical requirements. We will require students to read required readings, reflect on experiences in daily journals, plan activities, an assignment about a diagnosis, complete developmental assessments, as well as additional experiences.

The practicum student must complete a minimum of 120 hours.

Practicum placements are unpaid positions and do not guarantee future admission into the internship program or employment at the Children's Hospital.

Specific Goals and Objections of the Child Life Practicum:

  • -to become familiar with the child life profession
  • -to recognize the value of play in the health care setting
  • -learn to plan and facilitate a variety of activities for children and families in the health care setting
  • - to develop communication skills with health care professional as well as children and families
  • -to recognize developmental, emotional, psychosocial and medical needs of children and families in the health care setting
  • -gain knowledge of medical terminology, diagnosis, and procedures
  • -begin to develop professional attitudes, growth and maturity by functioning as a member of the health care team



  • -Minimum of 15 hours of related coursework (child life, education, child development, human development, expressive therapies, psychology, recreational therapy)
  • -GPA of 3.0
  • -100 hours of fieldwork of working directly with children (hospital volunteer experience beneficial)

Application Requirements:

  • -Completed Practicum Application
  • -Academic Transcripts (student copy is acceptable)
  • -Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from someone who supervised and/or observed you interacting with children
  • -Professional resume
  • -Documentation of hours of working with children and hospitalized children


Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.


The deadlines for the practicum are as follows:

Application Deadline:    Interviews:    Application Notifcations by:   Applicant Acceptance By:


January 19                         February              4th Tuesday of March                 The following Monday


The Practicum will be scheduled during the summer months of May, June, July or August. We are flexible in the start and end dates but will require at least 120 hours.

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