Child Life Internship Program

ACLP Accredited Internship Program

Accepting Applications for Fall 2024 Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the fall! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at

Be sure to check out our "How to Apply" section for important details on submitting your application.


If you are interested in learning more about the field of Child Life, we would encourage you to visit the ACLP website to gain a better understanding prior to applying.

Internships are open to bachelor's or master's-level students currently enrolled in a program with a focus on becoming a Child Life Specialist. Our program operates on a three-semester calendar cycle. To apply for our internship, students must submit their application in accordance with the recommended application and offer dates of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Please refer to the Internship Deadlines for each semester.

For legal purposes, applicants must be affiliated with an academic program at the time of applying and must maintain this affiliation throughout the internship session. Applicants must include a letter from their academic advisor verifying their affiliation. If an applicant is not affiliated with an academic institution at the time of submitting their application, the application will not be reviewed.

UPMC Children's highly competitive program has limited positions available and cannot guarantee an interview or placement. Qualified candidates will be interviewed after an application review. Contact the provided individuals for questions or more information.

Lindsay Bromberg, MS, CCLS, CIMI
Child Life Internship Coordinator

Mike Shulock, MS, CCLS
Internship Coordination Team Member

Lauryn Rozum, MS, CCLS
Internship Coordination Team Member


Student placements in child life are closely monitored by Certified Child Life Specialists who adhere to ACLP guidelines and utilize the ACLP Clinical Internship Curriculum. To ensure that students receive a comprehensive learning experience, regular supervision meetings are held, and interns are granted access to a range of professional in-service programs. Attendance at lectures, seminars, rounds, conferences, and other pertinent meetings is essential. Throughout the internship, multiple assignments and projects are required. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification exam, which fulfills the Child Life Certifying Committee's requirements.


Our internship program provides valuable experience, though it is an unpaid opportunity. Students will complete two rotations, each lasting eight weeks. They are expected to work 40 hours per week for a total of 16 weeks, with schedules based on their assigned clinical rotation supervisor. This may involve working 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts, including weekends.

Child Life Internship Application Prerequisites

Please note that submitting an application to our program does not guarantee you an interview.

Required components of your application:

  1. ACLP Internship Readiness Application.
  2. A current, unofficial transcript from your current college or university demonstrating a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Do not send transcripts from schools you are no longer attending.
  3. ACLP Eligibility Assessment Report: In-progress coursework will be considered; however, we require confirmation of successful completion by the first day of internship.
  4. We accept paid and unpaid experiences within and outside of healthcare settings as relevant opportunities for applicants to develop and demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for internship readiness. We strongly encourage applicants have a minimum of 100 hours of experience in the healthcare setting.
  5. A letter from your academic supervisor proving your affiliation to your college/university for the duration of the internship session.

How to Apply

Submitting your application in one email with all the necessary components can prevent complications. Refrain from sending any additional documents. It's important to note that incomplete applications will not be reconsidered, so be sure to review everything twice before submission.

Email your application as a PDF to the following email address:

Prerequisites After Acceptance into the Program

The following are prerequisites after acceptance into the program and are to be completed before the first day:

  1. Required readings PRIOR to the start of the internship:
    • Bolig, Rosemary., Mahan, Carmel., Rollins, Judy. (2017). Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-Care Continuum (2nd ed.), Pro-ed, Austin, TX
    • Thompson, Richard. (2018). The Handbook of Child Life, A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care (2nd ed.), Charles C. Thomas, Publisher. Springfield, IL.
  2. A signed master agreement for internship participation between UPMC and college/university.
  3. An advisor's plan for communicating with the Child Life Internship Coordinators during the internship period, i.e. observations, conferences, correspondence.
  4. Documentation of valid CPR certification by the American Heart Association.
  5. Health Requirements:
    • Students must be in good health before beginning the internship. 
    • A health screening with documentation of:
      • Two-Step PPD/TB reading or QuantiFERON/T-spot blood test.
      • Tdap Vaccine.
      • Annual Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot).
      • Covid Vaccines.
      • Bloodwork titers for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
      • 2 doses of Varicella Vaccine or Varicella Bloodwork Titer or Documentation by Physician for history of disease.
      • Hepatitis B Vaccines series.
  6. Security Clearances: Students MUST comply with the Pennsylvania Acts 33, 34, and 73 requirements (Child Abuse, Criminal Background, and FBI clearances). This paperwork can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Proof of all clearances MUST be submitted to the Internship Coordinator before the start of the internship, including Act 73 fingerprinting,