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Thank you for your interest in the Child Life Internship Program. The Children's Hospital of Michigan currently offers a unpaid 15-week internship for the Winter, Summer and Fall semesters. We accept students who are independent or affiliated with a college or university.  

The internship requires at least 40 clinical hours per week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends. Our child life clinical training experience provides high quality instruction and preparation for child life professionals.

Program Schedule

The first two weeks are an intensive orientation to our medical facility and department, including an overview of policies and procedures. During orientation you will have an opportunity to briefly shadow each rotation supervisor and attend educational in-services. The internship is compromised of two six (6) week rotations. In each rotation you will have the opportunity to (1) introduce services to patients and families, (2) assess patient and family needs, (3) plan developmentally-appropriate, supportive interventions, (4) implement and evaluate intervention plans, and (5) document interventions in patient charts and daily statistic spreadsheets, all under supervision of a certified child life specialist. The final two weeks of the internship offers the opportunity to select from a previous rotation to independently provide services on that unit and carry our house pager responding to all areas of the hospital.
Possible rotations may include:

Burn/Surgery and Rehabilitation
Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology and Bone Marrow Transplant 
Same Day Surgery
Emergency Department 
Neurosurgery, Neurology, Endocrinology and Pulmonary
Infectious Diseases
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardiology

Application Process

A complete internship application contains the following:

Child Life internship application-Children's Hospital of Michigan Requirements

Common internship application

Child Life internship structure

Child Life internship job description

Child Life internship rotation

Internship FAQ's

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