One of the biggest challenges of Child Life is to find hospitals near you, especially to determine when, where, and what you need to do to obtain that practicum or internship spot!
I struggled with this myself when I applied for internship. Who only offered Summer? Which ones had application fees? Which ones required in-person interviews after applying? Which ones followed the Associate for Child Life Professionals deadlines or not? Lots of things to consider!
I will be continuously working on this page as I discover different hospitals and the Internship programs they have according to when and where you want to apply. You can always check out the Association for Child Life Professionals Website to find out more! Also, verify with your Program Director of your University to verify if a contract is in place between your program and the hospital(s) in which you are applying.
Just click on the hospital name, or words practicum and internship to find links!
****Currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Content is being continuously added!****
Memorial Health Practicum and Internship . Internship is Fall and Spring, Practicum is offered in Summer only
University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital-Internship only, email for availability at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Hospital at Providence – Fall Internship ONLY
Arizona Child Life Internships-There are 5 different hospitals available. Practicum and Internships are listed for availability. Cardon and PAC-5 do not currently take University Affiliated students, but both of these hospitals are currently working on changing those requirements in order to accept Affiliated students.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Spring, Summer, Fall) and Internship (Spring and Fall). Also contains information for employment opportunities!
California Pacific Medical Center-Internship available for Mills College students only. Offered Fall and Spring.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County-Spring and Fall available for Practicum and Internship
City of Hope-Contact Jo-Ann Namm, Child Life Services Program Supervisor, at (626) 256-4673 ext. 64513 for more information
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center-Contact Child Life Services at (855) 226-3744 for more information.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital-Contact the Child Life Department at 909-558-8212. (Loma Linda offers a Master’s program in Child Life. There is a possibility they may accept their students as first priority).
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford– Internship only; Spring, Summer, and Fall
Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach-Internship only; Spring, Summer and Fall
Rady Children’s Hospital (Internship)-Fall and Spring
Rady Children’s Hospital (Practicum)-Fall and Spring
Riverside County Regional Medical Center-Contact Lori Pickering-Lopez at (951) 486-4354 or by email@example.com
Sutter Medical Center-Internship only; Spring, Summer, and Fall
UC Davis Children’s Hospital-Internship only; Spring and Fall
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital– Practicum and Internship Available. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
UCSD Regional Burn Center-Practicum available. Contact Kate Hamelin at 619-471-9458 for more information
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital– Practicum offered Spring and Fall, Internship offered Spring, Summer, Fall
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland– Internship only; offered Spring and Summer
Children’s Hospital Colorado at Memorial-See Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center-Practicum and Internship available for Spring, Summer and Fall (NOT Available for Summer 2017).
Yale NewHaven Health- Internship offered. Contact the Child Life program for availability at 203-688-2334
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children: Practicum and Internship available for Fall and Spring Semesters. Click here and click on the tab “Student Opportunities”
Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital- Practicum available here: file:///C:/Users/Jacqueline/Downloads/aph_childlife_practicum_app.pdf
Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital-Internship available here: file:///C:/Users/Jacqueline/Downloads/apmc_childlife_internship_app.pdf
Children’s Hospital of Florida-Practicum and internship available for Fall and Spring. Click here for information. Remember that for Internship interviews, the top 5 candidates MUST be able to attend an in-person interview. (Note: Practicum is 120 hours, deadlines are: Fall session application deadline is July 1, 2017 with an approximate start date of September 11, 2017. The Spring 2018 session deadline is January 8, 2018 with an approximate start date of March 6, 2018.)
Sacred Heart Health System-Internship (Fall and Spring) available here INDEPENDENT students are eligible to apply.
Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Health System-Internship available Fall and Spring Only
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Internship available. There is a $20 processing fee for the application.
Children’s Hospital of Navicent Health-Practicum and Internship available here. Practicum available in Fall and Spring. Internship available in Spring ONLY
Willett Children’s Hospital: Memorial Health of Savannah-Practicum available for Summer and Internship available Fall and Spring. Click here for application information
Kapi’Olani Medical Center for Women and Children (Hawaii Pacific Health)-Internship available Spring and Fall
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital-Program Currently INACTIVE. Stay Tuned when program re-commences at this link
Advocate Children’s Hospital-Internship available in Spring and Fall ONLY; Practicum not available
Alexian Brothers Health-Fall and Spring Internship available ONLY; $20 application fee required
Carle Foundation Hospital-Practicum available
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center-Practicum available ONLY
Children’s Hospital of Illinois-Spring Internship available ONLY
HSHS St. John’s Hospital- Internship available
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago-Fall and Spring Practicum available; a $15 application fee is required. Summer and Fall Internship available; a $25 application fee is required. INDEPENDENT students are eligible to apply
NorthShore University Health System- Internship available
Northwestern Medicine: Central DuPage Hospital-Internship available; $20 application fee required
Rockford Health System- Internship available Spring, Summer, and Fall. Limited Housing available.
Rush University Medical Center- Practicum and Internship available here
University of Chicago Medicine: Comer Children’s- Practicum and Internship available here; In-person interviews are REQUIRED
Beacon Health System-Practicum ONLY; available Summer for 5 weeks, 200 hours
IU Health North Hospital-Practicum available Spring, Summer, Fall
Lutheran Children’s Hospital-Internship available Spring, Summer, Fall. Affiliated and non-affiliated students may apply.
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital-Fall Internship ONLY. Child Life 101 classes available through the hospital Child Life program
Riley Children’s Health at IU-Currently NO internship available; stay tuned! However, Child Life 101 courses are available at the hospital, with dates here
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital-No internships available. Stay tuned! Fellowship is available here
Children’s Mercy, Kansas City-Internship available; upon ACCEPTANCE, a $100 fee is required. Child Life 101 workshops available
Wesley Medical Center-Internship available Spring and Fall
(Kosair) Norton Children’s Hospital-Internship available Spring and Summer; up to 2 candidates selected
Ochsner Health System-Practicum and Internship available here for Spring, Summer, and Fall
Tulane & Lakeside Children’s Hospital-Internship available Spring, Summer, Fall
Women & Children’s Hospital-No internship or practicum at this time. Stay Tuned!
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (Maine Medical Center)-None available at this time; contact Elizabeth Shaughnessy at (207) 662-2424 or EShaughnes@mmc.org
Anne Arundel Medical Center-Practicum available only
Children’s Hospital LifeBridge Health- Practicum available only
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital- Practicum and Internship available
Baystate Health-No programs available at this time. Contact the child life department at 413-794-3145 for more information
Boston Medical Center-No internships available at this time; volunteering is encouraged here
Floating Hospital for Children @ Tufts Medical Center-No programs available at this time. Contact the child life program for details
Franciscan Children’s-Internship available
Massachusetts General Hospital-Internship available for Fall and Spring Only. Currently accepting enrolled Graduate students ONLY
UMass Memorial Medical Center-Internship available for Fall and Spring only
Bronson Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Information about the programs are available for download
Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Internship available here
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital via Michigan Medicine- Practicum, Internship, and Fellowship available here. Note: Internship requires a $300 fee upon acceptance
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital via Spectrum Health- Practicum and Internship available here for Fall and Spring Only. PDF documents available. Information sessions about child life are also available
Sparrow Health System-Practicum and Internship available here
Children’s Minnesota-Internship available Fall and Spring. Unaffiliated students are not eligible
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences-Internship available. 2 students are accepted into the program
University of Minnesota Health- Practicum (Fall & Spring) and Internship available here
None available at this time.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City-Internship (Fall and Spring) available
CoxHealth-Internship and Practicum available here. Note: Submitting applications for practicum should be completed the semester before seeking placement.
Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield-Internship (Fall and Spring) and Practicum (Summer) available here
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital-Practicum available. Contact for specific deadlines. MUST be university affiliated.
None available at this time.
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center: Omaha-Internship and Practicum available here. Additional resources are available including a Child Life Career Seminar and Health class!
Nebraska Medicine-Internship and Practicum available here
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock- Practicum and Internship available here. Note: No internship is being offered Winter/Spring 2018
Atlantic Health: Goryeb Children’s Hospital-Internship available
Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here
Children’s Hospital New Jersey-Internship (Fall and Spring) available
Children’s Specialized Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Internship not available Spring 2018
Hackensack Meridian Health: K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Summer) and Internship (Spring and Fall) available here
None available at this time
Mt. Sinai: Kravis Children’s Hospital-Internship available Fall and Spring. Must be University affiliated
UNC Medical Center-Practicum and Internship available here. Note: Applicants must attend a 3 hour shadow session before applying.
Levine Children’s Hospital-Internship (Spring and Summer) available here
Mission Hospitals-Practicum and Internship available here
Novant Hemby Children’s Hospital- Fall internship ONLY here
Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo-Contact the hospital at (701) 417-2000 for availability; Fall internship available here
Akron Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Shadowing opportunities also available
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Note: Internship NOT being offered in Spring 2018
Cleveland Clinic-Practicum and Internship available here for students attending Ohio University and University of Akron. Other students not affiliated with these institutions will be pending and require a contract agreement with the Cleveland Clinic and academic institution.
Dayton Children’s Hospital-Practicum available in Summer ONLY
MetroHealth Medical Center-Practicum and Internship available here
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s-Practicum and Internship available here
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center-Fellowship, Practicum (Summer and Fall), and Internship (Fall and Spring) available here
The Children’s Hospital of Saint Francis-Practicum Only available here
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital-Internship program will resume in 2019
Legacy Health- Practicum available only; Fall and Spring
Hasbro Children’s Hospital-Internship available
Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital-Internship available here
Sanford Children’s Hospital Sioux Falls-Fall internship available here; contact for availability at (605) 312-1000
Ayers Children’s Center West Tennessee-Practicum available only
Children’s Hospital of Tristar Centennial-Internship available only
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital- Internship available only; available Fall, Spring, and Summer
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here INDEPENDENT students eligible to apply.
Children’s Health-Practicum and Internship (Fall, Spring, and Summer) available here. Be considerate as parts of the application must be emailed and parts must be mailed!
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital-Practicum (Summer) and Internship (Fall and Spring) Available here
Covenant Children’s Hospital-Practicum ONLY. Call 806-725-0000 and ask for “Child Life Department”. Website is not up to date at this time.
El Paso Children’s Hospital-Internship available, Fall and Spring
Medical City Children’s Hospital- No internship is being offered at this time. Practicum available ONLY here.
Methodist Children’s Hospital- Practicum and Internship available here
Texas Children’s Hospital-Information available here
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children- Practicum (Fall and Spring) available Only
University of Vermont Medical Center & Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Fall) only. Job shadowing and volunteer opportunities available
American Family Children’s Hospital-Internship available (follows ACLP deadlines). No internship available Fall 2017
HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Note: Practicum is available during Winter break (the 2 weeks students typically take for Christmas holiday) for a total of 80 hours
Ministry St. Joseph Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here
None available at this time.