Designed for students who are completing the Child Life Professional Certificate Program or have completed the Child Life: Introduction to Theory and Practice course and are in need of an internship to meet Child Life Certification requirements through the Child Life Council. This course provides an opportunity to gain experience and practice in applying skills in an appropriate medical setting while under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist who meets supervisory requirements as established by the Child Life Council. Students work in an internship position with a participating sponsor and participate in online discussions weekly throughout the quarter. Students are expected to complete a work journal, keep accurate time records, and evaluate their internship experience.
NOTE: **The University does not insure student interns under its insurance programs and does not enter into contractual agreements with the training site. Only verification of enrollment in ED X370.7 for course credit can be provided. Syllabus available upon request.
To be eligible to enroll in this course the student must secure her/his own internship opportunity.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply core Child Life concepts and techniques
- Reflect on how the internship opportunities are supporting knowledge and skill development
- Transition from college to full time professional employment
- Practice listening, speaking, writing, and other professional communication skills
- Prepare for Child Life certification exam as administered through the Child Life Council
The internship is supervised work experience performed by a Child Life student/candidate off-campus in a medical setting where professional level Child Life services are provided. Students may participate in the internship multiple quarters to meet certification requirements as established by the Child Life Council. In order to be eligible for the internship course, the student must be an accepted certificate candidate in good standing. The application process includes submission of the following documents to the program director, Anissa Stewart, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the application and subsequent documents are reviewed, the candidate may be subjected to a phone interview. The candidate will be notified if s/he has been approved to enroll in the internship course within 5-7 business days of receiving the application.
After acceptance, students must: (1) contact students services to enroll in the internship course for a fee; (2) devote 250-480 hours to the cooperating organization on a voluntary basis; and (3) submit five time cards and journal entries to the internship coordinator as evidence of completion of hours and reflection on time spent in the medical setting.
If the student is already employed by the organization sponsoring the internship, the student must be assigned work in new areas beyond those required in employment. Students are placed in medical settings that can provide: (1) a meaningful and practical learning experience; (2) adequate supervision by a Certified Child Life Specialist meeting requirements established by the Child Life Council for supervision of interns; and (3) verification of hours and substantive work performed by the student.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life (ONLINE) : Electives (16 units)