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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHad)
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Child Life Clinical Opportunities

  • Internship
  • Practicum

Internship Information and Application

This clinical option is designed for students pursuing academic careers in child life, interested in gaining advanced knowledge of the child life profession with a goal of obtaining child life certification to work as a child life specialist. Students are expected to meet or exceed the minimum prerequisites for this clinical experience.

  • Offered during the Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters only.
  • Full-time - 40 hours per week over a 15-16 week semester, totaling 600 hours.
  • Successful completion of these hours meets the Child Life Council's eligibility requirements to sit for the child life certification exam.

This clinical option is designed for students pursuing academic careers in child life, interested in gaining advanced knowledge of the child life profession with a goal of obtaining child life certification to work as a child life specialist. Students are expected to meet or exceed the minimum prerequisites for this clinical experience.

Students performing the internship will be responsible for assessing the developmental abilities, emotional and psychosocial needs as well as the overall adjustment of patients to their hospitalization and/or illness. Based upon these assessments, interns will identify and implement appropriate developmental and therapeutic interventions.

Interns will do two rotations, each a minimum of 7 weeks, during the semester to be exposed to child life services in varying settings. They will also have the opportunity to shadow in other areas in which they are not assigned a rotation.

The Child Life Council has up-to-date deadlines and details about the offer and acceptance process.

Clinical experience minimum pre-requisites

  • 100 hours of experience working with well children in a non-hospital setting
  • 100 hours of a child life practicum in pediatric medical setting, under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist
  • 3.0 GPA in major related field of study
  • Theoretical knowledge of child life and child development
  • Ten child-life related courses approved by Child Life Council course work review
  • Minimum of 1 course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist (inclusive of 6 curriculum topics required by the CLC)
  • Understanding of child life professional practice
  • Documentation of CPR certification

Application requirements

  • Completed application (PDF)
  • Three letters of professional recommendation (These should reflect both academic work and work with children and families)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume

For more information on child life services or becoming a child life specialist, please visit www.childlife.org.

To send completed applications or for more information

Jennifer Rupp, CCLS
Child Life Intern Coordinator
Child Life Program
One Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon, NH 03756

Phone: (603) 650-8410
Jennifer.E.Rupp@Hitchcock.org

Practicum Information and Application

This clinical option is designed for students pursuing academic careers in child life, or other related fields, and who are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the child life profession, as well as experiences facing children and adolescents in the healthcare setting.

  • Offered during the Summer Semester only.
  • 10-20 hours per week over a 14-16 week semester, totaling 120 hours.

Students performing the practicum option will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in acclimating children and families to the healthcare setting, identifying developmentally appropriate normalization activities, and display comfort interacting with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. Based upon the student's demonstration of skills and knowledge, as determined by the clinical supervisor at CHaD, students may be presented with opportunities to provide preparation and support for non-invasive procedures, participate in specialty rounds, access to relevant medical records, and help to facilitate and participate in special events.

Application Prerequisites and process for Child Life Practicum

  • Child life practicums will be offered during summer semester only. (May-August)
  • Applications for Practicum are due on January 5th of each year.
  • Practicum students are selected based on application and interview process

Clinical Experience and Qualifications for Practicum

  • Students must be enrolled in an accredited/affiliated university seeking a degree in child life or related field.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of at least 3 college courses that are relevant to the child life field, child development, and psychology or family systems.
  • Students must be able to show documented experience working with well children.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application (PDF)
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of professional Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript

For more information on child life services or becoming a child life specialist, please visit www.childlife.org.

To send completed applications or for more information

Jennifer Rupp, CCLS
Child Life Intern Coordinator
Child Life Program
One Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon, NH 03756

Phone: (603) 650-8410
Jennifer.E.Rupp@Hitchcock.org

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