Child Life Internship Structure

16-Week Internship Experience

Supervised by Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a minimum of 4000 hours of paid experience.

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Orientation to CHM and child life department
  • Weeks 3 -14: Two rotations (six weeks/rotation)
  • Week 15 & 16: Independence on rotation unit of choice

Internship curriculum will include:

  • Comprehensive manual with ACLP curriculum, required readings, handouts, and resources
  • Goals and objectives based on weekly topic/theme
  • Journal assignments based on weekly topic/theme
  • Self reflection
  • Cultural humility
  • Detailed checklist of required tasks
  • Educational in-services and staff meetings
  • Special project

Required readings prior to start of internship:

  • Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual by L. Gaynard et al (1990)
  • Meeting Children’s Needs across the Healthcare Continuum (2005)
  • The Handbook of Child Life by R. Thompson (2009)

Suggested reading prior to start of internship:

  • Child Life in Hospitals: Theory and Practice by Thompson and Stanford (1981)
  • A Child in Pain by Kutner (2010)
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Fadiman (1997)
  • Verbal First Aid by Acosta and Prager (2010)


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