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Child Life Internship

Thank you for your interest in our child life internship. We believe that child life interns must practice what they have learned, through formal and informal training, hands-on clinical practice and collaboration with peers.

Cook Children's is not offering the child life internship during the spring 2018 semester. Applications will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding.

Program information and requirements

  • We offer comprehensive child life internship opportunities three times a year beginning in January, May, and September.
  • The Child Life internship is a 15 week, full-time experience (40 hours/week).
    • Students will obtain 600 hours of clinical experience.
    • Students are expected to be available for internship during regular business hours.
  • Students will complete a minimum of two rotations.
  • Students must complete the CLC Internship Curriculum Modules and a variety of assignments.

Applicant requirements

  • Must be at least a college senior, graduate student or college graduate
  • Must have a minimum of 100 hours of direct experience interacting with typically developing children in group settings
  • Must have completed a minimum of 150 hours of experience with children and families experiencing stress, crisis or trauma.
    • At least 100 hours must be from a child life practicum experience. The child life practicum may be in progress at the time the child life internship application is submitted, but at least 100 completed hours of child life practicum is required before beginning the child life internship.
    • The additional 50 hours may come from the child life practicum or other appropriate setting
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Validation of coursework
    • Completed Child Life Council Eligibility Assessment indicating CLC approval of at least 10 courses
    • Completed Child Life Course or proof of registration in a course
  • Applicants are required to have a strong academic background in child development
  • Additional requirements specific to our internship program are outlined in the Clinical Internship Application Packet

Application information

  • Consideration for internship requires the student submit a complete application and meet our program's minimum requirements.
  • Submitting a complete application does not guarantee a student an interview or internship placement.
  • Late applications are not considered.
  • Paper applications are not considered.

Application Links and Resources

Clinical Internship Application Packet
Child Life Internship Application Submission Portal
Child Life Council Common Internship Application

Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience
Have your child life practicum supervisor complete this if your child life practicum is complete.

CLC Confirmation of Child Life Practicum In-progress
Have your child life practicum supervisor complete this if your child life practicum is in progress

Child Life Council Eligibility Assessment

Internship Reference Requests
Identify your references here. They will receive a request via email to complete a reference form on your behalf.

Internship application deadlines

Internship session Application due Initial offer date Student must accept position by 2nd offer date
Winter/Spring September 5 2nd Tuesday of October the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Summer January 5 2nd Tuesday of February the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Fall March 15 1st Tuesday of May the following Wednesday the following Thursday

**In the event that the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will become the deadline.

Interview dates

  • Fall 2017 – Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Please email us at or contact Linsey Hammon at 682-885-4740.

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