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Child Life Student Program

Please note: We will not be accepting child life internship applicants until Fall 2022 internship season.

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 Internship
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.

Child Life Practicum
We are no longer offering child life practicum opportunities at this time. Please reach out to our Coordinator of Child Life at for any questions.