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We are currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2024 internship semester.
All inquiries regarding the internship program should be emailed to: ChildLifeInternship@upmc.edu.
Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for all pertinent information regarding application submissions.
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 Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)’s recommended internship application and offer dates:
View the Internship Deadlines.
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 ACLP. It provides students with an on-site, clinical training experience in an inpatient pediatric hospital and/or outpatient clinic setting.
The Child Life Internship program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been accredited by the ACLP. We offer a very competitive program, accepting applicants from various universities. There are a limited amount of positions, therefore placements are not guaranteed. Applicants who have completed their Practicum experience at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will not be considered for an Internship. After review of the applications, qualified candidates will be interviewed prior to any internship offers.
Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the field of child life prior to applying by visiting the ACLP website. If interested in internship opportunities (considered “externship” at UPMC Children's) within the Child Life Department students should review our process on how to apply.
Please contact the individuals below with any additional questions:
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 are supervised by Certified Child Life Specialists who meet the requirements of the ACLP and who utilize the ACLP 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.
Internship placements are unpaid. Students will be scheduled to work 40 hours a week for 16 weeks and will be expected to follow the schedule of their supervisor. Two rotations will be provided and students will have the potential of completing 640 hours during the internship.
Please note that submitting an application to our program does not guarantee you an interview.
Required components of your application:
The application must be attached as a PDF and emailed to: ChildLifeInternship@upmc.edu.
For your application to be considered "Complete" all parts of the application must be emailed in ONE email only, and nothing extra is to be sent. If something is missing from your application submission, you will not be permitted to resubmit.
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:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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