Child Life Internship and Practicum

  • Internship Prerequisites for Accepted Candidates

    To be completed before the internship begins:

    1. Required readings prior to your internship: (It is suggested that one complete these readings prior to applying for the internship.)

    • Gaynard, L., Wolfer, J., Goldberger, J., Thompson, R., Redburn, L., and Laidley, L. (1990). Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual. Bethesda, MD: Association for the Care of Children's Health.
    • Bolig, Rosemary., Mahan, Carmel., Rollins, Judy. (2005). Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-Care Continuum, Pro-ed, Austin, TX
    • Thompson, Richard. (2009). The Handbook of Child LIfe, A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher. Springfield, IL

    2. Required of accepted interns participating in internship program as part of a college / university curriculum:

    • A signed contract of agreement for internship participation with your college / university or with the intern, if an independent student.
    • Your advisor's plan for communicating with us during your internship (i.e., observations, conferences, correspondence).
    • A copy of the evaluation forms required by your program.
    • List of special assignments or project requirements from your school.

    3. Required of all interns accepted into the program, prior to first day of internship:

    • Documentation of valid CPR certification by the American Red Cross.
    • Documentation of your health insurance.
      Alternative insurance source: Healthcare Providers Service Organization - HPSO@HPSOonline.net.

    4. Health requirements: Students will be in good health before beginning an internship at Cincinnati Children's and shall comply with the following standards:

    • Each individual shall have a negative two-step tuberculin skin test by the Mantoux method PPD-S US units per test within nine months prior to date of initial clinical experience. Exceptions:
      1. Those individuals having a documented clinical record of tuberculosis and treatment with INH.
      2. Those individuals supplying a written record from a physician stating that the individual had a severe or markedly positive reaction to prior Mantoux test.
        *Individuals with exceptions must have a physician's certification that they do not have communicable tuberculous infection.
    • Each individual must have a documented clinical record showing immunity to rubella (either a positive rubella titer or a rubella vaccination).
    • Each individual must have a documented clinical record showing immunity to rubeola (measles). Proof of immunity can be shown by having a birth date prior to 1950, a rubeola vaccination after 1980, or with documentation of a physician stating the student has had rubeola.
    • Each individual must have a documented clinical record showing immunity to mumps (documentation from a physician stating the student had either mumps or a mumps vaccination).
    • Each individual must have a documented clinical record showing immunity to Hepatitis B or having started the series of three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombivax HB or Engerix - B).
    • Each individual must have a documented clinical record of receiving these vaccines:
      1. Flu shot (Most current vaccine available in past 12 months)
      2. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Adult booster must have been received no earlier than 2005.