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Any applications (PDF) or correspondence to the Child Life Department should be addressed to:
Child Life Internship Coordinator
Child Life Department, Main Hospital Room 1266
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
More about the program:
Child life student internship placements are assigned according to the three-semester calendar cycle. Application forms for each semester must be received in accordance to the Child Life Council’s recommended internship application and offer dates:
Fall: May 5
Winter/Spring: September 5
Summer: January 5
Internships are offered to currently enrolled bachelor’s- or master’s-level students each semester whose career focus is to become a Child Life Specialist.
For legal purposes, applicants must be affiliated with an academic program throughout the duration of the internship session. Proof of this affiliation is required when applying (i.e. Letter from academic advisor).
This internship is designed around competencies for child life specialists endorsed by the Child Life Council Inc. It provides students with an on-site, clinical training experience in an inpatient pediatric hospital and/or outpatient clinic setting.
The Child Life Internship offered at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a very competitive program, accepting applicants from various universities. The program has limited positions available, therefore placements are not guaranteed. After review of the applications, qualified candidates will be interviewed prior to any internship offers.
Students interested in internship opportunities (considered “externship” at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC) within the Child Life Department should send the internship application packet to the Child Life Department before the scheduled deadline.
Please contact the Child Life internship coordinators with any additional questions:
Stephanie Colaberardino, CCLS, CIMI
Email Stephanie Colaberardino
Mike Shulock, MS, CCLS
Email Michael Shulock
Lindsay Bromberg, MS, CCLS, CIMI
Email Lindsay Bromberg
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Student placements are supervised by Certified Child Life Specialists who meet the requirements of the Child Life Council and who utilize the Child Life Council Clinical Internship Curriculum. Weekly supervision meetings are supplemented by several professional in-services. Attendance of lectures, seminars, rounds, conferences, and relevant meetings is mandatory. Interns are required to complete multiple assignments and projects. The internship experience meets the qualifications of the Child Life Certifying Committee for eligibility to sit for the certification exam.
Placements are unpaid and scheduled for 40 hours a week for 16 weeks.
All materials to be enclosed with your application:
*Proof of additional experience with children in a health care setting (i.e. hospital, camps for children challenged with illness, bereavement center, centers for medically fragile children, children with special needs, etc.) strongly encouraged.
The following are prerequisites after acceptance into the program and are to be completed before the first day:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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