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


Application packet

Include the following in your application packet:

  • Common Internship Application
  • Answers to the following question in essay format, typed (less than 300 words):
    - What qualities and/or experiences do you have that distinguish you from other child life intern applicants?
  • ACLP eligibility assessment (course in-progress forms accepted)
  • College Transcript(s) (we accept unofficial transcripts)
  • Resume and cover letter
  • Two professional recommendations completed on the ACLP Common Recommendation Form – sealed and signed on the seal of the envelope
  • $20 administrative/processing fee – make checks payable to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Please make sure your application is complete and postmarked by the deadline date. Incomplete packets and/or packets that do not meet the deadline date will not be considered.

Please Mail Application to:
Amy Hood, CCLS
Child Life Department
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georga 30322-1011
Phone: 404-785-0789
Fax: 404-785-1722

Next steps and interview process

  • You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. We cannot return calls inquiring if applications have been received or where we are in our process.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the application is complete and meets the deadline dates. 
  • Following receipt of your application, it will be reviewed and may be selected for the next step. Applicants selected for the next step will be contacted to schedule a phone interview. 
  • Following the phone interview, applicants will be selected to come in for an on-site interview. Applicants not selected for an on-site interview will receive a written or electronic message.
  • Following the on-site interview, offers and declines will be made via telephone and electronic message.

Application Deadlines


All 2019 Winter, Spring, and Fall applications have been reviewed, accepted and are now closed.

All applications must be post-marked by the “Application Deadline” date. If the “Application Deadline” date falls on a weekend or a holiday, then the deadline date moves forward to the next business day.

The 2020 application due dates are as follows:

Winter/Spring: September 5, 2019
Summer: January 5, 2020
Fall: March 15, 2020


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.

Helpful Resources

Tours and Information Sessions for Child Life Students

The Child Life Department provides tours and information sessions for child life students who are looking for opportunities to learn more about the role of child life in healthcare settings. The tours are provided during the following times:

Fourth Thursday in February, June and August from 4 -5 p.m.
Meet a Child Life Specialist at the ground floor information desk.
Email Amy Hood to confirm your attendance.

Scottish Rite
Fourth Thursday in March, July and September from 4-5 p.m.
Meet a Child Life Specialist at the hospital lobby information desk.
Email Amy Hood to confirm your attendance.