Child Life Internship Program

We offer a 15-week (600-hour) internship for credit at the undergraduate/graduate level or independently upon completion of appropriate area of study. This internship is designed for students with backgrounds in child development, child life, and related fields. To learn more about the Child Life Council Certification process and appropriate areas of study, go to

Tours and information sessions | Learning and responsibilities | Deadlines | Eligibility | Application | Pre-internship responsibilities | Volunteering 

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 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


  • 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 volunteer and/or paid work with children and families experiencing stressful situations, healthcare and/or health issues. 
  • Applicants must be working towards completing the certification requirements to sit for the Child Life Council Certification Exam

Child Life Intern Job Description

Application Deadlines

Internship Application Deadline, Offer, Acceptance, and 2nd Offer Dates
Updated August 2015

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Please note that we follow the Child Life Council internship offer and acceptance dates.

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. 

Application Packet

  • Common Internship Application
  • Eligibility assessment
  • College Transcript(s) – we accept unofficial transcripts
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation on business letterhead, signed
  • $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.

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Find more information about volunteer opportunities.

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 Lauren Sherrill at 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 Carrie Linker at to confirm your attendance.