Child Life Practicum and Internship

Child Life Practicum

Our integrated child life practicum is based on our program partnership with the Child Life Program at MUSC Children's Health. Practicum is integrated with coursework during the first three semesters of study. Over the fall, spring, and summer semesters, students work alongside the Certified Child Life Specialists at the hospital to complete over 100 hours of close mentorship, observation, and facilitation of activities throughout the hospital. In addition, our students are challenged to independently develop effective play programming for children and adolescents, design an entire thematic special day program for the Atrium (our large main playroom), and develop and present a child life resource for patients, families, or medical care providers. 

Child Life Internship

Our program is structured to provide educational and community-based experiences to best prepare our students for the competitive process of internship selection and for successfully passing the child life Certification Examination and securing their first position as a child life specialist. We believe in our model of close mentorship and supervision is best supported by the success of our students in securing internship positions (universal placement for each full enrollment year). Hospitals at which our students have completed their child life internship include:

  • AdventHealth for Children
  • Children’s of Alabama
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Medical Center Dallas
  • Children’s National Health System
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
  • Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MUSC Health Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital 
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Prisma Health Children's Hospital-Upstate (Greenville)
  • Prisma Health Children's Hospital-Midlands (Columbia)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital
  • UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville

Job Placement

Our goal is for our students to feel confident and competent in their child life graduate education, and applied skills. Upon graduation from our program, our students are very successful in passing the Certification Examination (100% first administration) and securing positions as Certified Child Life Specialists. Hospitals at which some of our graduates work/have worked include:

  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
  • Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Children's Hospital of Georgia: Augusta University Health
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Children's Medical Center Dallas 
  • Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System
  • Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Dayton Children's Hospital
  • Driscoll Children's Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • MUSC Health Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital
  • Mission Children's Hospital
  • NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
  • Prisma Health Children’s Hospital
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • University of Virginia Children's Hospital
  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

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