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Child Life Program Internship

The Child Life Department at Phoenix Children's hospital offers a rigorous, 600-hour, 15-week internship designed to prepare interns for a career as a child life specialist. The internship is aligned with the recommendations of the Association of Child Life Professionals and consists of three rotations in our inpatient and outpatient units.

Through hands-on clinical experiences under the supervision of experienced Certified Child Life Specialists, students will build critical thinking and clinical skills. Ongoing education, reflective activities, case studies, and projects are designed to prepare interns to sit for the Child Life certification exam. We accept both affiliated and non-affiliated applicants. Phoenix Children's Hospital offers Child Life internships during the fall and spring semesters.  

Internship Applicant Requirements

1: Education

A Bachelor’s (required) or Master’s (preferred) degree in any field of study - Bachelor’s degree must be completed before application deadline 

Graduate from an ACLP-endorsed degree program OR successfully complete 10 courses in content areas specified by the ACLP - For more detailed information, visit the ACLP website - ACLP Coursework Guidelines for Certification

Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 

2: Practicum

Completion of a Child Life Practicum supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting - The practicum may be in progress as of the application deadline and offers will be conditional upon successful completion of practicum.

If the practicum is virtual, the applicant must have more than 100 hours of child life hospital volunteer experience or work as a child life assistant. Please provide a verification of related experience hours form (page 17 of the Common Application) for these hours.

Work experience as a child life assistant may be accepted in lieu of a practicum.  Please provide a verification of related experience hours form (page 17 of the Common Application) for these hours.

3: CPR

Current CPR certification from any certifying organization (i.e. Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.) is required if an internship offer is made, and proof of certification will be required prior to starting the internship.

Required Application Materials

All application material can be submitted electronically by clicking on the following link -  You must submit your complete application at one time. The required items are listed below.   Do not send extra/additional items.

1.  Application

Completed - Common Child Life Internship Application

*applicants do NOT need to send the “verification of related experience hours” form found on page 17 of the common application unless required to support a virtual practicum or work as a child life assistant in lieu of a practicum.

2.  Cover Letter


3.  Resume


4. ACLP Eligibility Assessment

Must include coursework review

If applicant is currently enrolled in required coursework at the time of applying but has not completed it yet, applicant must provide - Confirmation of Child Life Course In-Progress form found on page 13 of the Common Child Life Internship Application for EACH in-progress course

All courses must be completed before internship start date


5. College or University Transcripts


Unofficial transcripts or photocopies of official transcripts ARE accepted

Include transcripts for all degrees obtained or in-progress

Transcripts must include cumulative GPA

6.  Practicum Experience

Include a completed “Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience Hours” form found on page 16 of the Common Child Life Internship Application AND practicum evaluation from program/site if available

If applicant has completed more than one practicum, please include a completed “Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience Hours” form AND practicum evaluation as available from program/site for EACH practicum experience


7.  ACLP Common Recommendations


Two current (within the past year) recommendations using the ACLP Child Life Internship Candidate Common Recommendation Form (page 19 and 20 of the common application).  At least one form must be completed by an individual who has observed you directly work with children.  

References should submit the ACLP Child Life Internship Candidate Common Recommendation Form via email with your name in the subject line to -

8.  Essay Question

Tell us what would make you a great child life intern that we would not know by reviewing the rest of your application. (maximum 200 words)


Phoenix Children’s Hospital follows the application, offer, and acceptance guidelines as specified by the ACLP. Applications must be submitted by the deadline dates below. For more detailed information about internship dates/deadlines, please visit the - ACLP Internship Deadlines webpage.

Association of Child Life Professionals Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates

Internship Session

Application Deadline

Initial Offer Date

Acceptance Date


March 15 

1st Tuesday of May

Following Wednesday


September 7

2nd Tuesday of October

Following Wednesday

After applications are received and reviewed, a candidate may be contacted to schedule an interview. Intern selection is based on academic preparation, knowledge of child development, professional experience with children, letters of recommendation, child life volunteer/practicum experiences, written communication skills, and interviews. Internships are highly competitive. If an applicant is not selected for interviews, our program will send notification via email during the selection window (between application deadline and initial offer date). We strongly recommend candidates apply to multiple sites/programs as we only select a maximum of three interns per semester.

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