Child Life Internship and Practicum
Child Life Internship

Child Life Internship

The Division of Child Life and Integrative Care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers an internship in child life that has been accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals and is open to those pursuing a career in the child life field. This 16-week internship features experiential learning, and participating students can expect to gain knowledge in core child life competencies. The internship is offered in the winter / spring, summer and fall, unless otherwise specified.

**We will not be accepting students for Fall 2024 for a planned student program re-fresh.

Inclusion Scholarship

We strongly encourage students of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply to the internship program. By applying for the internship, all applicants are eligible for our Inclusion Scholarship. For more information about this scholarship opportunity, please click here: Inclusion Scholarship.

Program Schedule

The first two weeks is an intensive orientation to our medical center campus and the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care. The remaining 14 weeks and 40 hour / week commitment is divided into rotations giving students experience with all ages:

  • Infants / toddlers
  • Pre-school / school-age children
  • Adolescents/ Young Adults

In varied clinical areas interns have the opportunity to spend time (1) assessing psychosocial needs of patients and families, (2) planning developmentally appropriate and therapeutic play interventions for hospitalized children and their siblings, (3) providing one-on-one interventions, (4) providing preparation for and support during procedures and treatments, and (5) conducting medical play sessions, all under the supervision of Certified Child Life Specialists.


Possible Intern Rotations may include:

  • Emergency Department
  • GI / Colorectal Unit
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Medical-Surgical Units
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Transplant and Complex Surgical Inpatient Unit
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Neurology / Neurosurgery
  • Same Day Surgery
  • Outpatient Clinics (Hematology / Oncology, Orthopaedics, Allergy, Ambulatory Care, etc.)
  • Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

The Division of Child Life has responsibilities for patient care 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. As a result, intern schedules at Cincinnati Children's will vary and often require intermittent Saturday and / or Sunday as well as evening commitments.

Additional Information

For additional information or clarification, please contact the Child Life Education Specialist at