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Internship

Thank you for your interest in our ACLP accredited Child Life Internship Program.The Children's Hospital of Michigan typically offers an unpaid 16-week internship for the Winter, Summer and Fall semesters. 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, which includes an overview of policies and procedures. You will have an opportunity to shadow rotation supervisors to discuss the highlights of their assigned areas and attend educational in-services. During each six week 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 spreadsheet, all under supervision of a certified child life specialist. After completing two rotations, the last two weeks of the internship provide an opportunity to select a unit from a previous rotation to independently provide services on that unit and carry our house pager responding to all areas of the hospital.

Rotations include:

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

Application Process

A complete internship application contains the following:

Child life internship application - Children’s Hospital of Michigan Requirements and Common Internship Application: Both applications should be filled out by applicants and can be obtained by filling out the Application Request on this page.

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