Child Life Internship

Child Life Internship

The Child Life Department at Phoenix Children's hospital offers a rigorous 15 week internship aligned with the recommendations of the Child Life Council that is designed to prepare interns for a career as a child life specialist. The internship consists of two to three rotations with possible placement in Intensive Care Units, Hematology/Oncology, Emergency department/Trauma, Radiology, Surgery, general pediatric units and outpatient clinics.

Through hands on clinical experiences under the supervision of experienced Certified Child Life Specialists, students will build critical thinking and clinical skills. Ongoing education, reflective activities and intern projects are designed to prepare interns to sit for the Child Life certification exam. We accept affiliated and non-affiliated students.  Phoenix Children's Hospital offers Child Life internships for fall and spring semesters.  There is no summer internship offered. 

Internship Applicant Requirements:

  • A Bachelors or Master’s degree in Child Life, child development, human development and family studies, psychology, or a closely related field; Master's preferred
    • Must have obtained a Bachelors Degree prior to internship start date
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 classes in child development, psychology, Child Life, or related field (Please refer to CLC guidelines for more detailed coursework information)
  • One class taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist (must be completed prior to internship start date)
  • Completion of a 120 hour Child Life Practicum supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting or 2+ years working experience (at least 4000 hours) as a Child Life Assistant in a hospital setting (must be completed prior to internship start date, not application deadline).
  • Minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current CPR certification during internship

Application Requirements:: (Include all materials together– please do not send things separately)

  • Completed and signed Common Child Life Internship Application​
  • Cover letter and Resume
  • 2 current (within the past year) letters of recommendation with at least one letter from someone who has observed you working with children
  • Practicum Evaluation if available (please provide any evaluations given up to the point of applying)
  • Essay Question: What qualities do you possess or experiences have you had that distinguish you from other child life intern applicants? (max 200 words)
  • Official College/University Transcripts (copy of official transcripts accepted)
  • Child Life Course Verification Form (can be downloaded from the CLC website)
  • Application fee of $10 (check or money order made payable to "Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Life Department)
  • Evaluation Report through the CLC Eligibility Assessment that includes coursework review
  • *If an applicant does not have an evaluation report through the CLC eligibility assessment, the application packet must include official CLC coursework review


Complete applications can be mailed to:
Child Life Department
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 East Thomas Road
Phoenix AZ 85016

Please direct your questions to

Child Life Council Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates:

Internship Session

Application Deadline

Initial Offer Dates

Acceptance Dates

Offer Dates

Acceptance Dates

Fall 2017

March 15, 2017

1st Tuesday of May

Following Day

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring 2018

September 5, 2017

2nd Tuesday of October

Following Day

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

* For more detailed information about the internship deadlines, please visit the CLC website.

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