Child Life Services Internship Program

Our internship is an intensive, clinically based program which meets the child life certification requirements regarding clinical experience. Our full-time program is designed for senior and graduate level students from the fields of child life, child development, early childhood education or other related fields of study which include a strong child development emphasis. Individuals not affiliated with a university or college but who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed fields are also encouraged to apply. Selection of interns is based on previous experience working with children, child life practicum, academics, interview, and references. A Child Life Practicum with a minimum of 120 hours completed by the time of the interview is required to be applicable for this internship. Internships are offered twice a year with two interns participating in a session.

All students must agree to and be cleared through a background investigation which is arranged and paid for by the hospital. Students must meet our Occupational Health requirements which include completion of our medical form by your private physician and up to date immunizations.

Our internship is an intensive, clinically based program which requires 40 hours a week. Because of the requirements of this internship it is strongly recommended that interns not attempt to carry additional academic or job obligations. Our program meets the child life certification requirements for an internship.

Each intern is assigned to a certified child life specialist who will provide ongoing clinical supervision. Internship experiences include:

  • Two clinical rotations
  • Seminars directly related to child life
  • Patient/family care interventions
  • Charting
  • Visits to local child life programs
  • Weekly individual formal supervisory meetings
  • Weekly group supervisory wrap-up sessions

After applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted, selections are made by the internship committee. Acceptance into the program is based on capacity and qualifications of applicants.

There is a $60.00 non-refundable commitment internship fee. Housing, meals, transportation, parking, three textbooks and additional material or book expenses to support the learning process are the responsibility of the intern.

Internship Calendar

Internship Calendar


  • Application Deadline - September 5
  • Initial Offer Date - 2nd Tuesday of October
  • Acceptance Date - Following Wednesday
  • 2nd Offer Date - Following Thursday


  • Application Deadline - March 15
  • Initial Offer Date - 1st Tuesday of May
  • Acceptance Date - Following Wednesday
  • 2nd Offer Date - Following Thursday

*Start and End Date may change due to when New Employee Orientation is scheduled.  If you are selected, you will be notified the exact days of your internship.

*Please note we have adjusted our due dates to correlate with the Child Life Council deadlines.

How to Apply

How to Apply

A completed application consists of:

  • Children’s National Health System's application form (we do not accept the ACLP common app on its own)

Please email the following to

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Three completed recommendations forms
    • Recommendations should be written on letterhead (if applicable) and must be signed, scanned, and emailed directly from the recommender to
    • We strongly suggest that one recommendation come from a CCLS who has seen your work with children
  • Proof of Child Life Practicum Placement
  • ACLP Course Review
Contact Information

Contact Information

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

Alicia Fields, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Department of Family Services

Kelly Scaggs, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Department of Family Services