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We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2023 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 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will not be considered for an Internship. After review of the applications, qualified candidates will be interviewed prior to any internship offers.
Students interested in internship opportunities (considered “externship” at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh) within the Child Life Department should send the internship application packet to the Child Life Department before the scheduled deadline.
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
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.
Placements are unpaid and scheduled for 40 hours a week for 16 weeks.
Please note that just because you meet all of the minimum requirements, does not mean you will be guaranteed an interview.
All materials to be enclosed with your application:
When submitting your application, you must have a separate attachment for each part of your application, and each attachment must be labeled in the following way:
ALL application materials must be emailed to: ChildLifeInternship@upmc.edu.
In order 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 it is discovered that something is missing from your application submission, you will not be permitted to resubmit, therefore please double-check your attachments.
We only accept ACLP Common Recommendation forms and do not want any additional written letters from your references. Please have your references directly email their ACLP Common Recommendation forms to ChildLifeInternship@upmc.edu prior to the deadline. We would encourage you to reach out to your references to make sure they have sent a recommendation form on your behalf so that your application is not considered "incomplete". Please tell them to label their attachment as follows:
Candidate's Full Name ACLP Common Recommendation Form
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
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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