Child Life Services Practicum Program

Children's National offers a Child Life Practicum Program to individuals who are interested in becoming a certified child life specialist with academic training in the fields of child life, child development, early childhood education, psychology, and other related disciplines. Our program accepts both students and college graduates.

This program provides students with an opportunity to work with children and adolescents in a health care setting. Students help facilitate the normal growth and development of pediatric patients through the provision of supervised, age appropriate play opportunities. Students support patient adjustment to hospitalization through the implementation of adaptive play techniques and the maintenance of a safe and therapeutic play environment.

Selection of practicum students is based on previous experience working with children, academics, interview, and references. Experience working with children in a hospital setting is not a requirement, though; typically these experiences will make an applicant more competitive. Practicums are offered three times a year with two students participating in a session.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Please email all completed applications to:

Rachel Jones, MS, CCLS
Subject line: Practicum Application

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail:

Rachel Jones, MS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Department of Family Services

How to Apply

How to Apply

A completed application consists of:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Two or three completed recommendation forms
  • Forms must be completed by a professor, supervisor, manager, or someone who has observed you working with children

Practicum Calendar 

Practicum Offer and Acceptance Dates



October 1
Before November 1
March 1
Before April 1
June 1

Before July 1

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 202-476-7088 or send an email to Rachel Jones, MS, CCLS.