Introduction Letter/Application Link


Dear Prospective Intern:

Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Two Child Life or Recreation Therapy (with minor or strong emphasis in Child Psychology) interns will be selected for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Internship lengths are 16 weeks for Fall and Spring, 15 weeks for Summer, both 40 hours/week. Early application is recommended.



Students are required to have:

1. College transcripts (student copy ok) and a list of current course work.

2.  A Medical Terminology course is REQUIRED for this internship. Also TR students focusing on dual certification are required to take both Child and Adolescent development, beyond the Life-Span course. **All TR students must be eligible to sit for both Child Life Council Certification Exam as well as NCTRC Exam.**

3. Minimum of 50 volunteer hours with well children, additional 50 hours with hospitalized and/or children with disabilities is required.

4. Mandatory readings prior to internship include:

  Child Life in Hospitals Theory and Practice 
      Thompson & Stanford

  Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual 
Gaynard, Wolfer, Goldberger,Thompson, Redburn & Laidley

  Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Healthcare Continuum
       Rollins, Bolig & Mahan

  The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care (2009)


5. Two letters of recommendation. Professional letters please (one from a mentor/supervisor of a volunteer/work experience and one from an educational advisor)

6. A current resume (include education and field experiences).

7. If you are completing ONLY one Child Life course taught by a CCLS to satisfy the requirement by Child Life Council you MUST complete the Child Life Course Verification Form

8. Child Life Council Coursework Review is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (Available through Sept 1st, 2014). Fee is $45.00 and can be found on Child Life Council website
9. Health Requirements for Internship (does not have to be completed prior to the interview)

10. University contract with hospital (upon acceptance of internship)

11. Background Check (upon acceptance of internship)

12.  ***The Summer 2015 Internship Positions have been filled. ***

To apply for the Fall 2015 Child Life/TR Internship, please click here ONLINE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

Please note, the general/generic Child Life Council Internship Application WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Thank you!  

***Please review Child Life Council's new deadlines for Internship Application process at

If after reviewing the following information, you are still interested in an internship at our facility, the application must be completed and returned by the following dates:


Semester   Application, etc. Due  Offer Deadline 
Fall (Sept. - Dec.)  May 5th  2nd Tuesday of June
Spring (Jan.- May)  September 5th  2nd Tuesday of October
Summer (May - Aug.)   January 5th   2nd Tuesday of February

After reviewing the applications, I will notify the top ten qualified candidates to schedule an interview.

Free housing, discounted lunches and parking are currently available to students.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at (715) 387-7361. I look forward to hearing from you.


Heidi Giese, CTRS, CCLS, CIMI
Child Life Manager



Important Upcoming Changes to the Eligibility Requirements from the Child Life Council

Child Life Course Work Requirement Policy

* All applicants for the Fall 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement 

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