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Child Life Internship and Practicum Programs

  • Child Life specialists are part of the health care team and are trained to understand and meet the unique needs of children in the hospital. Child Life specialists have special training and experience in understanding children's reactions to illness and being in the hospital. They use these skills to encourage emotional well-being and normal development while your child is in the hospital.

    ACLP Accredited Internship Program

    Wolfson Children's Hospital clinical internship experience has been accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals. We follow the CLC's recommended deadlines and accepts intern applications for spring and fall semesters.

    Wolfson Children’s Hospital is committed to providing a quality learning experience to students by offering a 16-week, 640-hour internship which provides a clinical experience to develop professional skills in preparation for a career in child life.

    The internship facilitates the student’s growth as a professional by participating as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Interns will gain an understanding of the impact of hospitalization on the emotional and developmental needs of children by working with patients who are hospitalized for a variety of acute and chronic diagnoses.

    Interns will have the opportunity to develop skills in assessment, procedural support and teaching, developmental play, documentation and family support.

    To be considered for an internship, the following requirements must be met:

    • University-affiliated*
    • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in major course work
    • Completed 100 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families
    • Completed 100 hours of experience with infants, children, youth and/or families in stressful situations, health care settings and/or programs designed for children with special needs
    • Successfully completed child life coursework inclusive of the 6 applied areas of study, as required by the CLC; coursework in progress is not accepted
    • Completed the academic course work portion of the CLC eligibility assessment
    • Completed a Child Life practicum
    • Child Life Council membership
    • CPR certification

    Application packet must include:

    • CLC's Common Child Life Internship Application
    • Eligibility Assessment report confirming eligibility
    • Resume (1 page)
    • Transcript(s); unofficial transcript is acceptable
    • Two letters of recommendation; professional or academic
    • Official documentation of hours of experience with well children, children with stressful situations, in health care settings or with special needs
    • Completed official Level 1 background check from the state data base (don’t run your own report on the Internet)
    • Copy of CPR certification (including infant/child) issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
    • Child Life Council membership number

    Send application packet to:

    Whitney Barrington
    Internship Coordinator
    800 Prudential Drive
    Child Life, 5W
    Jacksonville, FL 32207

    Interview Process

    The intern coordinator will contact top candidates to schedule a phone interview following the application deadline. Select candidates will be invited to interview in person. Thank you for your interest in Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For additional information, please contact Whitney Barrington at 904.202.8541 or Whitney.Barrington@bmcjax.com.

    *To be considered for an internship, students must be enrolled at one of the following universities:

    • Auburn University
    • College of Charleston
    • Florida State University
    • Georgia Southern University
    • Iowa State University
    • Louisiana Tech University
    • Ohio University
    • Samford University
    • University of North Florida
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • The child life practicum at Wolfson Children's Hospital is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Through experiential learning and observation of Certified Child Life Specialists, practicum students begin to increase their knowledge of basic child life skills related to play, developmental assessment and integration of child life theory into interventions.

    Practicum students will increase their comfort level by interacting with children and families in the hospital setting. Through these experiences, practicum students will enhance their knowledge of the child life profession and investigate the process of applying child life and developmental theory to practice.

    Child Life Practicum Application Form (PDF)

Child Life Internship

Child Life specialists are part of the health care team and are trained to understand and meet the unique needs of children in the hospital. Child Life specialists have special training and experience in understanding children's reactions to illness and being in the hospital. They use these skills to encourage emotional well-being and normal development while your child is in the hospital.

ACLP Accredited Internship Program

Wolfson Children's Hospital clinical internship experience has been accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals. We follow the CLC's recommended deadlines and accepts intern applications for spring and fall semesters.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is committed to providing a quality learning experience to students by offering a 16-week, 640-hour internship which provides a clinical experience to develop professional skills in preparation for a career in child life.

The internship facilitates the student’s growth as a professional by participating as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Interns will gain an understanding of the impact of hospitalization on the emotional and developmental needs of children by working with patients who are hospitalized for a variety of acute and chronic diagnoses.

Interns will have the opportunity to develop skills in assessment, procedural support and teaching, developmental play, documentation and family support.

To be considered for an internship, the following requirements must be met:

  • University-affiliated*
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in major course work
  • Completed 100 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families
  • Completed 100 hours of experience with infants, children, youth and/or families in stressful situations, health care settings and/or programs designed for children with special needs
  • Successfully completed child life coursework inclusive of the 6 applied areas of study, as required by the CLC; coursework in progress is not accepted
  • Completed the academic course work portion of the CLC eligibility assessment
  • Completed a Child Life practicum
  • Child Life Council membership
  • CPR certification

Application packet must include:

  • CLC's Common Child Life Internship Application
  • Eligibility Assessment report confirming eligibility
  • Resume (1 page)
  • Transcript(s); unofficial transcript is acceptable
  • Two letters of recommendation; professional or academic
  • Official documentation of hours of experience with well children, children with stressful situations, in health care settings or with special needs
  • Completed official Level 1 background check from the state data base (don’t run your own report on the Internet)
  • Copy of CPR certification (including infant/child) issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
  • Child Life Council membership number

Send application packet to:

Whitney Barrington
Internship Coordinator
800 Prudential Drive
Child Life, 5W
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Interview Process

The intern coordinator will contact top candidates to schedule a phone interview following the application deadline. Select candidates will be invited to interview in person. Thank you for your interest in Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For additional information, please contact Whitney Barrington at 904.202.8541 or Whitney.Barrington@bmcjax.com.

*To be considered for an internship, students must be enrolled at one of the following universities:

  • Auburn University
  • College of Charleston
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Iowa State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Ohio University
  • Samford University
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Child Life Practicum

The child life practicum at Wolfson Children's Hospital is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Through experiential learning and observation of Certified Child Life Specialists, practicum students begin to increase their knowledge of basic child life skills related to play, developmental assessment and integration of child life theory into interventions.

Practicum students will increase their comfort level by interacting with children and families in the hospital setting. Through these experiences, practicum students will enhance their knowledge of the child life profession and investigate the process of applying child life and developmental theory to practice. To be considered for an internship, students must be enrolled at one of the above listed universities.

Child Life Practicum Application Form (PDF)