Child Life Internship

Attention: Candidates

We anticipate hosting students for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018.

The Child Life clinical internship program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). The program is designed for both undergraduate students at the end of their academic program and graduate students to further develop their clinical skills in this dynamic program. Child life internships provide clinical development through a systematic learning experience centered on Child Life competencies. 

  • Each 600-hour internship is structured as 40 hours per week for 15 weeks, which includes an orientation week.
  • Two 6-week rotations and other rotation opportunities are typically offered on a specific medical unit/area. Playroom/group programming are also incorporated weekly.
  • Supervision is provided by Certified Child Life Specialists, who strive to assist students as they apply theory to practice in this premier pediatric hospital.

The internship is highly structured and provides multiple opportunities for learning. Interns should have no other commitments during this internship due to the extensive nature of this experience.

Our internship sessions are consistent with the recommendations from the Association of Child Life Professionals and thoroughly model and compliment the curriculum set forth by the ACLP.

How to Apply

Due to the large amount of applications received, all applications must be RECEIVED at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital by the application deadline set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals internship scheduling recommendations. We recommend requesting delivery confirmation to ensure timely delivery to our institution as late applications will be returned to sender. Thank you for understanding.

Please place the following documents in a report folder, ordered as below, for candidacy consideration.

  • Statement of Aspiration (why you aspire to pursue Child Life, your personal philosophy) with separate document outlining internship goals 
  • Completed Common Internship Application through the Association of Child Life Professionals
  • Resume detailing career objectives and experiences working with children and families 
  • Initiation of Eligibility Assessment through the Association of Child Life Professionals. Please print the Evaluation Report through the certification portal and submit after coursework has been reviewed. If in process, please note this in your application. 
  • Academic Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable for initial application process). Official transcripts will be required if selected for final candidate pool. 
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation, at least one from an academic professor and one from a supervisor who has directly observed your interactions with children. 
  • Documentation affirming a minimum of 150 hours working with children in a health care setting where children with medical and/or developmental challenges are served (100 hours need to be complete prior to application with a verification of plan to complete hours prior to start of internship). This can be a culmination of a Child Life practicum, volunteering, Child Life Assistant, camp experience with medically complex children etc. 
  • Verification of Enrollment in a university during the internship. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital does require an affiliation agreement with a University. Unaffiliated students will not be accepted into this internship program.

Please mail these documents to the following address:

Child Life Department 6500001304
Internship Program - Attention Heather Bailey
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
501 6th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL   33701

Although the selection process includes a phone screening and a personal interview, a completed application does not guarantee a phone screening or interview. Applicants are selected for a phone screening based on their college major with core Child Life/Child Development course, GPA (it is recommended that your Core GPA be above a 3.00/4.00), exceptional references, letters of aspiration and experience working with children. Applicants will be selected for a personal interview, and one or two interns will be selected per semester.

Personal interview will be held on Friday February 9th, 2018 for those qualified and chosen applicants.

If you have further questions, please contact Heather Bailey, Clinical Coordinator.

Goals and Objectives for Internship

  • To become familiar and invested in the Child Life profession and specifically to become acquainted with the Child Life Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
  • To assess and interact with patients and families using theories of human growth & development, family systems, and cultural background.
  • To gain experience in providing a therapeutic and safe environment for individuals and groups, ages 0-21 years, including weekly programming and special events.
  • To assist patients and families in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death, and/or loss.
  • To build skills in providing patient teaching and therapeutic interventions, specific to populations served, including psychological preparation for potentially stressful events.
  • To grow in professional attitude, maturity, judgment and practice self-reflection in relation to professional and personal life experiences.
  • To learn and function as a member of and integrate Child Life Programming into the health care team.
  • To gain practice in representing and communicating Child Life and psychosocial issues, and advocating for children and families with the pediatric health care team.
  • To implement child life services within the structure and culture of the work environment.
  • To gain an understanding of the special needs of chronically ill children/adolescents and their families.
  • To gain a basic and practical working knowledge of medical procedures and terminology.
  • To gain an understanding and appreciation for family centered care, safety, teamwork, service excellence and commitment to cultural sensitivity.
  • To become familiar with processes surrounding death, bereavement, companioning and support.
  • Introduction to Clinical Supervision, Shared Governance and other professional practices.

Intern Requirements

The following is snapshot of requirements and does not fully reflect all assignments. Child Life Internship Coordinator will work with University Academic Supervisor to streamline assignments when possible to avoid duplication. Students will be expected to fully participate in the following assignments:

  • Written goal statement - overall and weekly.
  • Policy and practice guideline manuals review.
  • Safety and disaster manual review and be familiar with emergency procedures.
  • Making weekly journal entries that demonstrate depth of practice and a high level of self-reflection skills. Journal notes will be utilized as a springboard for discussion with rotational supervisor and during weekly supervision.
  • Responses to discussion questions that demonstrate comprehensive learning and understanding of the weekly topic/theme.
  • Behavioral and developmental observations and implementations.
  • Familiarization and Documentation in the electronic medical record - utilize Cerner (Powerchart/Firstnet).
  • Case studies focusing on the psychosocial aspects of the child's reaction to hospitalization and child life interventions. To be presented to Child Life staff.
  • Participation in weekly 1:1 supervision with Child Life Internship Coordinator.
  • Power Point presentation or training with the Child Life staff focusing on a specific disease or disability and transition to adult care.
  • Multidisciplinary team interviews, site visit opportunities and varied creative assignments.
  • Weekly group program planning and creation/facilitation of special event for patients and families.
  • Design and implementation of special project, benefiting the Child Life department and therefore patients and families.