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Child Life Program Internship

The Child Life Program at Phoenix Children's offers a rigorous, 600-hour, 15-week internship designed to prepare interns for a career as a Child Life specialist. The Internship is aligned with the recommendations of the Association of Child Life Professionals and consists of two to four rotations in our inpatient and outpatient units.

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, case studies and projects are designed to prepare interns for the Child Life certification exam. We accept both affiliated and non-affiliated applicants. Phoenix Children's offers Child Life internships during the fall and spring semesters. There is no summer internship offered.

Internship Applicant Requirements

1: Degree

A Bachelor’s (required) or Master’s (highly preferred) degree in any field of study - Bachelor’s degree must be completed before application deadline

Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

2: Practicum

Completion of a 120 hour Child Life Practicum supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting

Practicum must be completed before application deadline

3: Coursework

Graduate from an ACLP-endorsed degree program OR successfully complete 10 courses in content areas specified by the ACLP

For more detailed information, visit the ACLP website: ACLP Coursework Guidelines for Certification

4: CPR Certification

Current CPR certification from any certifying organization (i.e. Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.) is required during internship

Required Application Materials

Please include all materials together in one envelope. Do not send items separately. Do not send extra/additional items.

1.  Application

Completed and signed Common Child Life Internship Application

*applicants do NOT need to send the “verification of related experience hours” form found at the end of the common application


2.  Cover Letter




3.  Resume



4. ACLP Eligibility Assessment

Must include coursework review

If applicant is currently enrolled in required coursework at the time of applying but has not completed it yet, applicant must provide Confirmation of Child Life Course In-Progress form

All courses must be completed before internship start date


5. Official College or University Transcripts


Photocopies of official transcripts ARE accepted

Transcripts must include cumulative GPA

6.  Practicum Experience

Include a completed “Verification of Child Life Practicum Hours” form found at the end of the common Child Life application AND practicum evaluation from program/site

If applicant has completed more than one practicum, please include a completed “Verification of Child Life Practicum Hours” form AND practicum evaluation from program/site for EACH experience


7.  CPR Certification


Copy of current CPR certification card

8. Letters of Recommendation

Two current (within the past year) letters of recommendation with at least one letter from someone who has observed you working directly with children

Letters can be addressed to “Phoenix Children’s Hospital Internship Committee” and should be in sealed, author-initialed envelopes

9.  Essay Question

What qualities do you possess or experiences have you had that distinguish you from other Child Life intern applicants?  (maximum 200 words)

10.  Application Fee

$10 application fee

Please make check or money order payable to “Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Department”


Phoenix Children’s follows the application, offer, and acceptance guidelines as specified by the ACLP. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline dates below. For more detailed information about internship dates/deadlines, please visit the ACLP Internship Deadlines webpage.

Association of Child Life Professionals Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates

Internship Session

Application Deadline

Initial Offer Date

Acceptance Date

Spring 2019


September 5, 2018


October 9, 2018


October 10, 2018

Fall 2019


March 15, 2019


May 7, 2019


May 8, 2019

After applications are received and reviewed, a candidate may be contacted to schedule an interview. Intern selection is based on academic preparation, knowledge of child development, professional experience with children, letters of recommendation, Child Life volunteer/practicum experiences, written communication skills and interviews. Internships are highly competitive. If an applicant is not selected for interviews, our program will send notification via email during the selection window (between application deadline and initial offer date). We strongly recommend candidates apply to multiple sites/programs, as we only select a maximum of two interns per semester. 

Send completed application packets to:

Child Life Program
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 East Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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