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Find a Child Life Practicum or Internship Near You!

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!

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!

If you know of any additional hospital programs that are not listed, please email me!


Children’s of Alabama Practicum (Fall and Spring) and Internship (Fall and Spring)

Huntsville Women and Children’s Hospital Practicum (Deadline to apply is March 1st) and Internship (Fall and Spring)

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


Children’s Hospital at Providence – Summer Practicum ONLY, no internships at this time


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 Los Angeles-Practicum and Internship offered in Spring, Summer, and Fall here. INDEPENDENT students are eligible to apply

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

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

Valley Children’s Hospital (NEW!)-Fall and Spring Internship. In Person Interview Required


Children’s Hospital Colorado-Spring and Fall; for Colorado residents, a 101 session is offered to introduce those interested in child life. Practicum available for Summer.

Children’s Hospital Colorado at Memorial-See Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Denver Health-Internship is currently only Fall 2017 is available. Check the site for further dates after March 15, 2017. Practicum  is available for spring, summer, and fall.

St. Francis Medical Center-Practicum available (2.5 weeks/100 hours); email for information


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.)

John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital-Practicum (180 hours) and Internship available for Spring, Summer, and Fall

Sacred Heart Health System-Internship (Fall and Spring) available here INDEPENDENT students are eligible to apply.

St. Joseph Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available Spring, Summer, and Fall. Note: Practicum application deadlines follow the ACLP deadlines for internship

Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Health System-Internship available Fall and Spring Only

University of Florida Health, Jacksonville-Internship available for Spring, Summer, and Fall. FAQ included here


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


Blank Children’s Hospital- Practicum and Internship available

Mercy Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Spring Only) and Internship (available in Fall 2018); Job shadowing opportunities available

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

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available 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


Anne Arundel Medical Center-Practicum available only

Children’s Hospital LifeBridge Health- Practicum available only

Children’s National Health System-Practicum and Internship available. Internship application requires a $60 application fee. A shadowing program is also available here

John Hopkins Children’s Center-Practicum (Summer only) and Internship (Fall and Spring) available. Online reference forms for recommendations available.

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital- Practicum and Internship available

University of Maryland Children’s Hospital-Practicum and internship (Fall and Spring Only) 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

Metro Health: University of Michigan Health-Practicum (Fall and Spring Only) and Internship (Summer) 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.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Internship and Practicum (Spring and Summer only) available

SSM Health: Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital-Internship  (Spring and Fall) and Practicum (Summer) available. A fee is required for sending applications.


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


University Medical Center (UMC) Children’s Hospital Nevada-email Kimberly Grettum at (Note: Only University of La Verne Students are eligible to apply at this time.)

New Hampshire

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock- Practicum and Internship available here. Note: No internship is being offered Winter/Spring 2018

New Jersey

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 hereInternship not available Spring 2018

Cooper University Health Care- Practicum ONLY

Hackensack Meridian Health: K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Summer) and Internship (Spring and Fall) available here

New Mexico

None available at this time

New York

Blythdale Children’s Hospital-Internship available here

Children of Bellevue-Internship available only

Children’s Hospital of Montefiore-Full Time Summer Internship and Academic Combined Program of Practicum & Internship. For details, click here

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center-240 hour Internship available for Fall and Spring here

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital-Internship available here

Memorial Sloan Ketting Cancer Center-contact for internship here

Mt. Sinai: Kravis Children’s Hospital-Internship available Fall and Spring. Must be University affiliated

New York Presbyterian Kids: Komansky Children’s Hospital: Practicum and Internship available here

New York Presbyterian Kids: Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Internship (Fall and Spring) available here

Northshore LIJ: Cohen Children’s Medical Center-Internship available. No practicum available at this time. Unaffiliated students are eligible to apply

NYU Langone Health-Internship available here

NYU Winthrop Hospital-Internship available here

Oishei Children’s Hospital-Internship available here

University of Rochester: Golisano Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital-Practicum ONLY here

Yale NewHaven Health-Practicum and Internship here

North Carolina

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

North Dakota

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 hereNote: 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


Children’s Hospital Philadelphia (CHOP) -Practicum and Internship available here. A Dual Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation internship is also offered.

Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh-Practicum and Internship available

Geisenger Commonwealth School of Medicine- Fall Internship Only

PennState Health Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available here. Non-Affiliated Students may apply!

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children-Fall and Spring Practicum and Internship here

Rhode Island

Hasbro Children’s Hospital-Internship available

South Carolina

Children’s Health: Medical University South Carolina-Practicums only available through the College of Charleston Graduate Program. Internship (Fall and Spring) here 

Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital-Internship available here

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital-Internship not available until Winter/Spring 2019

South Dakota

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 at Vanderbilt-Practicum and Internship (Fall & Spring) available

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.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- Practicum and Internship (Fall and Spring) available


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 Hospital of San Antonio CHRISTUS Health-Practicum and Internship (Fall and Spring) available

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital-Practicum (Summer) and Internship (Fall and Spring) Available here

Cook Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Internship available. Note: There is no Spring 2018 internship available

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.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas-Practicum (Summer) and (Fall and Spring) Internship available here

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


Intermountain McKay Dee Hospital-Practicum only (Fall and Spring)

Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital- Practicum (Fall and Spring) and Internship (available beginning Spring 2018).


University of Vermont Medical Center & Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Fall) only. Job shadowing and volunteer opportunities available


Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters-Internship not available until 2018/2019

Children’s National Health System- Practicum and Internship available

Inova Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available

Washington (State)

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital-Practicum (Summer) and (Fall and Spring) Internship available

Seattle Children’s Hospital-Internship (Spring and Summer) available here

Swedish Medical Center-Internship (Summer) Available here

West Virginia

WVU Medicine Children’s-Practicum only


American Family Children’s Hospital-Internship available (follows ACLP deadlines). No internship available Fall 2017

Children’s Hospital Wisconsin-Practicum and Internship available. Note: Those who complete the practicum may NOT apply for the internship at CHW.

HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital-Practicum and Internship available hereNote: 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.

International Programs

For Remote Internship Supervision: Child Life United: click here for guidelines. Countries include: Romania, Australia, Israel, Mexico, and the Philippines

Child Life Volunteer Program-Cape Town, South Africa: Click here

Connect 123 Program Volunteer Program: Click here









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