Skip to Content
Due to a recent surge in pediatric RSV and flu, we are allowing only visitors 18 years of age and older in our general inpatient (hospital) settings at this time for the safety of our patients, in line with Illinois Department of Public Health guidance. Read More

Child Life Student Program

We will not be accepting applications for the Summer 2023 internship session. This includes both internship and practicum opportunities. We will however be planning to accept students for the Fall 2023 internship session.

Student Opportunities
The Child Life Program at Evanston Hospital, a part of NorthShore University HealthSystem, offers learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level students aspiring to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. Students in our program are invited to join us in the pursuit of providing family-centered psychosocial care to children and families during their healthcare experience.

Child Life Practicum Opportunities:
The Child Life Practicum student position has been filled for the Fall 2022 season. Please look into applying for the Winter/Spring or Summer application. We follow the same ACLP guidelines for our practicum application deadlines.

Our Child Life Practicum is designed for students interested in pursuing child life who would like to gain further exposure to the child life field. Students will be able to learn through observation, therapeutic play and developmentally supportive interventions. There is a minimum requirement of 120 hours for our child life practicum. *We will be offering a child life practicum for students beginning Fall 2022.

Our practicum consists of an introductory, hands on experience, intended to familiarize students with the child life profession. Our program is designed to build on the theoretical and foundational knowledge gained in the academic classroom. Our practicum gives students opportunities to observe applications of child life practice through a variety of activities including shadowing child life specialists; facilitating play sessions, and practice in documentation, therapeutic interventions, and developmental assessment. In addition, our practicum students are expected to complete assigned readings and projects intended to advance their own understanding of child life theories and application. It is our expectation that upon successful completion of the practicum program, students will be well equipped to find success in their internships, and future child life professional work.

Requirements to Apply:

  • University Affiliated Candidates only
  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from the fields of child life, child development, early childhood education, human development and other related fields.
  • A minimum of a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of volunteer experience in a hospital setting under the supervision of a certified child life specialist OR in a pediatric hospital setting with direct contact with pediatric patients.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families in a structured environment (camps, schools, afterschool programs, etc.).
    • Please note the care of children at home, such as being a nanny or babysitting does not count toward this requirement.

Application Process:
Applicants who meet the above requirements must submit an application by email to be considered for an interview. We have a rolling application deadline. If you are interested in reaching out about a practicum experience with our program. Please reach out to and “Attn: Practicum Inquiry”. Please send all practicum application materials to: with “Attn: Student Name, Practicum Application for Fall or Summer XXXX”

A completed application includes:

  • Completed Practicum Application Cover sheet
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Typed application form
  • Verification of experience hours
  • Unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended
  • Two ACLP Recommendation Forms to be emailed directly to the e-mail listed: by the person filling out the recommendation form.
    • 1 form from a person who has seen the candidate work with children (e.g. CCLS, supervisor, child care co-worker, etc.)
    • 1 form from an another professional individual

You can find the electronic practicum application here.

Electronic Email Submission: 
Please submit all application materials (with the exception of recommendation forms that will be sent separately) in an email addressed to Katelyn Beyer, Child Life Coordinator and Katherine Altieri, Certified Child Life Specialist to the emails below: and Please note Attn: Practicum Application Submission & Name.

Child Life Internship Opportunities

Evanston Hospital offers internships to students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in child life, child development or a related field. The program is available to students available 40 hours a week for 15 weeks. The internship program subscribes to the guidelines established by the Association of Child Life Professionals in both the hours of service required and in the content of the field experience. Interns will complete a minimum of 600 hours during their internship. The student's clinical supervisor and other staff members in the program provide instruction and guidance as well as regular opportunities for reflective supervision.

Interns are given opportunities to develop skills in assessment and intervention, therapeutic play, and professionalism. They are involved in the planning and implementation of developmentally and emotionally supportive interventions for infants, children and adolescents on our Pediatric/Adolescent Unit. Students will use their developing child life skills to incorporate play, emotional support, education and family involvement in order to enhance the social, emotional, intellectual and physical well-being of children and families in the healthcare setting.

Criteria for Child Life Internship Candidates

All applications must be received by the application deadline dates set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals: Internship Deadline Dates. These dates will be followed for all internship timeline and offer dates as well.

Before applying for internship placement, please review the following criteria to make certain that you qualify:

  • Internship students must be college seniors or college graduates with a strong background in child development or a closely related field.
  • Child life intern applicants must complete the Association of Child Life Professionals course review through the Eligibility Assessment and have documented verification of a minimum of 10 approved courses, including a course taught by a CCLS, completed prior to applying to the internship program. Please refer to the internship packet checklist for a complete listing of prerequisites.
  • Applicants must have at least 100 hours of student or work experience with children individually or in group settings (such as camps, day cares, developmental centers, etc.).
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 100 hours practicum experience working under the direct supervision of a Child Life Specialist in a healthcare setting. The practicum experience in a pediatric healthcare setting is a requirement. Additional hours in other settings should be included on your application.
  • We only accept students affiliated with a college or university. Unfortunately, we do not accept students who are unaffiliated or a student seeking an independent status.

Child Life Internship Application Process with Electronic Submission

  • The following application information is required and will make up your child life internship application.
  • Please submit the following below documents as either a Word document or PDF to the email address listed below.
  • Please note that any other formatting will NOT be accepted and your application will be considered incomplete.

Required documents:

  • Professional cover letter
  • Professional resume
  • Common Child Life Internship Application: PDF version or Word Version. (PDF)
  • Documentation of a practicum with direct, onsite supervision by a CCLS (a minimum of 100 hours completed or to be completed prior to the internship start date)
  • ACLP Eligibility Assessment
    • Academic requirements may be in progress at the application time with proper documentation from the instructor teaching the topics.
    • Further documentation of completion of the missing academic requirements must be submitted prior to beginning an internship.
  • Two ACLP Recommendation Forms to be emailed directly to the child life e-mail listed below by the person filling out the recommendation form.
    • 1 form from a person who has seen the candidate work with children (e.g. practicum supervisor, child care co-worker, etc.)
    • 1 form from a CCLS that has seen you directly work with children.

Please note that NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital does NOT ask for transcripts.
Please submit the required documents as separate all materials electronically as separate attachments to the submission email by the deadline set forth by the ACLP. Application materials should be in either a PDF or Word Document format.
Subject Line: Internship Application - Candidate Name

We will review your application and notify you of the status of your application via phone or email for a potential interview.

NEW! Middle and High School Student Opportunities:

Advisory Council for Teens (ACT)

Mission and Goals:

  • Opportunity for past/current teen patients to act as a voice and avenue for positive change for our current and future patients
  • Provide recommendations about hospital policies, services, and programs to improve overall quality of care and patient experience
  • Build professional and interpersonal skill set
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Peer support; Connect with other teens who have been through shared medical experiences

Selection Process:

  • Members must be previous or current pediatric patients between the ages of 12-18
  • Members may personally express interest or be nominated by a hospital staff member
  • Commitment to a full-year of service
  • Willingness to participate in and contribute to monthly meetings

If you would like to find out more information about our Advisory Council of Teens, please contact our Coordinator:

Katie Altieri, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist

Contact our Child Life Team

Katelyn Beyer, CCLS, Coordinator of Child Life Services

Katie Altieri, CCLS