Child life practicum application: Applicants are required to fill out the child life practicum application which can be obtained by filling out the Application Request on this page.

Child Life Practicum Application & Overview

Application Deadlines

Children’s Hospital of Michigan follows the internship application deadlines set by the Association of Child Life Professionals for practicum applications. Please visit for the current deadlines.

Mail Applications to:

Child Life Services
ATTN: Maureen Stys
3901 Beaubien Blvd
Detroit, MI 48201

For Direct Questions:

Maureen Stys
[email protected]
(313) 745-8617

Please note: We are currently only accepting university affiliated students.
Incomplete applications or applications post marked after the deadline will not be considered.

Suggested readings prior to or during practicum:

  • The Handbook of Child Life by R. Thompson, 2nd Edition (2018)
  • Meeting Children’s Psychosocial Needs across the Healthcare Continuum (2005)
  • Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual by L. Gaynard et al (1990)


No stipend will be paid to child life practicum students.

Manual fee

If accepted to the practicum program at CHM, there is a $25 fee for the practicum manual.

Application Contents

To be considered for a practicum at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, an application must contain the following items:

Please note: Incomplete applications or applications post marked after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Practicum application
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions. Transcripts must verify a GPA of 3.0 or higher and may be official or unofficial.
  • (2) ACLP Verification of Related Experience Hours forms demonstrating a minimum of 60 hours of work and/or volunteer experiences with children
  • Three completed ACLP recommendation forms mailed in with completed application. All recommendation forms must be signed and sealed.
    • Academic professor
    • Volunteer supervisor
    • One additional professional work experience
  • Application fee of $25 (Application fees are nonrefundable. Please make any checks payable to Children’s Hospital of Michigan.)
  • Signed Children’s Hospital of Michigan Application checklist

Download Practicum Application Form

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