Child Life Services Practicum Program

Children's National Medical Center offers a Child Life Practicum Program to individuals with academic training in the fields of child life, child development, early childhood education, psychology and other related disciplines.

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 2 students participating in a session.
Contact Information

Contact Information

Students can email or send applications to:

Family Services Department

Child Life Practicum

Attn: Kelly Schraf, CCLS

111 Michigan Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20010

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

Ashlee Sutter, CCLS   

Child Life Specialist   

Department of Family Services   

202-476-3642

asutter@childrensnational.org  

Kelly Schraf, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Department of Family Services

202-476-3720

kschraf@childrensnational.org

How to Apply

How to Apply

A completed application consists of:

Practicum Calendar 

Practicum Offer and Acceptance Dates
Practicum
Session

Application
Deadlines

Acceptance
Dates

Winter/Spring
October 1
December 1
Summer
March 1
April 1
Fall
June 1

August 1

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 202-476-3720 or send an email to Ashlee Sutter, CCLS or Kelly Schraf, CCLS.