Child Life Internship and Tours

Thank you for your interest in our Child Life Internship Program. Please see below for information about the application process, eligibility, and helpful resources.

Application process


All student programming has currently been suspended at Children’s. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Application Deadlines


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Internship eligibility

  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.0 in their major.
  • Applicant must have experience in pediatric hospital setting.
  • Applicants are required to have a senior level status in a bachelor’s degree program or higher.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer and/or paid work experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families in a variety of settings.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 100 hours as a child life practicum student under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist with a minimum of 2,000 hours of paid work experience (Required for those applying for the summer 2018 session and beyond.)
  • Applicants must be working towards completing the certification requirements to sit for the Child Life Council Certification Exam.
  • Children's accepts both university-affiliated and independent students into the child life internship program.
  • Children's is not currently able to accept international applicants.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or application, please email

Read the internship job description

Learning opportunities and responsibilities

Learning opportunities and responsibilities

  • Orientating to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Child Life department (week 1), plus two rotations on different units
  • Developing skills outlined in the Child Life Council Competencies which are required for entry level positions
  • Participating in daily clinical work with patients
  • Training rotations may include: Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Dialysis, Solid Organ Transplant, General Peds, Pulmonary, Surgical Services, Radiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Services, Neurology, and Rehabilitation
  • Working on Intern Skill Development and Competency Assessment for the following areas: Medical Play, Procedural Support, Procedural Preparation, Pre-Operative Preparation and Diagnostic Teaching
  • Planning and implementing therapeutic interventions
  • Planning and supervising play sessions
  • Interacting with the interdisciplinary team through rounds, report and referrals
  • Documenting patient/family assessments, interventions and outcomes in the medical record
  • Supervising Children's volunteers
  • Reviewing current literature in health care
  • Attending inservices and training sessions (topics include: siblings, bereavement, cultural issues, pain management, assessment/prioritizing, charting and unit specific information)
  • Participating in group learning with other interns and coordinators through case presentations, assignment reviews, and journal reviews

Pre-internship responsibilities

Pre-internship responsibilities

  • Must have a current CPR card that will not expire during the internship
  • Must provide proof of up to date flu vaccination
  • Suggested reading to prepare for internship:
    • “Child Life in Hospitals: Theory and Practice.” Thompson and Stanford. (1981)
    • “Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual.” Gaynard, et al. (1990)
    • “Official Documents of the Child Life Council.” (2002)
  • In the Official Documents you will find the Child Life Code of Ethics. These resources can be purchased through the Child Life Council website.

Tours and Information Sessions for Child Life Students

Tours have temporarily been suspended. Please continue to check our website for updates on future tours.

Email Amy Hood if you have any questions.