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 three to four 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. Phoenix Children's Hospital offers Child Life internships for fall and spring semesters.  There is no summer internship offered at this time.

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
    • 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 1+ years working experience (at least 2000 hours) as a Child Life Assistant in a hospital setting
  • Minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current CPR certification during internship

Application Requirements:

  • Completed and signed Common Child Life Internship Application​
  • Cover letter and Resume/CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation with at least one letter from someone who has observed you working with children (include letters with application - please do not send separately)
  • Evaluation Report through the CLC Eligibility Assessment that includes:
    • Coursework Review
    • College/University Transcripts
    • Child Life Course Verification
  • If an applicant does not have an evaluation report through the CLC eligibility assessment, the application packet must include:
    • Official CLC coursework review
    • Official College/University transcripts
    • Child Life Course Verification Form (can be downloaded from the CLC website)


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

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Child Life Council Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates:

 Internship Session  Application deadlines  Initial offer dates  Acceptance dates  Offer dates 2015 Acceptance dates 2015
Fall 2015 May 5 2nd Tues. of June Following Wednesday Tuesday, 6/9/2015 Wednesday,

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

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