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Child Life Practicum

We are excited to communicate with you about Cook Children's child life practicum experience. This program provides students an opportunity to become more familiar with the field of child life and the needs of hospitalized children and youth. The following is information about this program.

Applicant requirements

  • Sophomore level in college or beyond
  • Must have a minimum of 100 hours of experience interacting with children, beyond required experiences for coursework
    • Experience in an established Child Life program is preferred
    • Experience in a hospital preferred
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Relevant course work (child life, child development, psychology, etc.)
  • Must have completed at least one (1) child development course completed by the application deadline

Application information

Consideration for Child Life practicum requires the submission of a completed application.

Child Life Practicum Application Packet
Child Life Practicum Application (Microsoft Word)

  • Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Submitting a completed application does not guarantee a student an interview or placement
  • To confirm receipt of your application, use an expedited, traceable mail service or the postal service's delivery confirmation

Program information and requirements

  • We offer comprehensive Child Life practicum opportunities three times a year beginning in January, May/June and September.
  • Students will participate for 13 weeks
  • Students will complete a minimum of two rotations
  • Students will complete the child life practicum curriculum, including a variety of assignments

Practicum application deadlines

CL Practicum session **Application postmark Initial offer date Student must accept position by 2nd offer date
Winter/Spring September 19 4th Tuesday of October the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Summer January 19 4th Tuesday of February the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Fall March 29 4th 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

  • Spring 2017 – Monday, October 17, 2016

Additional information

  • Cook Children's practicum students are not eligible to apply for the Cook Children's child life internship.
  • Current Cook Children's volunteers are required to take a leave of absence from their volunteer position if selected for the Cook Children's child life practicum


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

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