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Child Life Student Program

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. Internship opportunities are available during both the academic year and the summer. The program is available to students available 40 hours a week for 15 weeks.

Students are given opportunities to develop skills in assessment and intervention, therapeutic play, and professionalism. The student's clinical supervisor (a certified child life specialist) and other staff members in the program provide instruction and guidance as well as regular opportunities for reflective supervision.

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.

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:

  • Students will be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program in child life, child development, early childhood education, or related field.
  • Students will have extensive coursework in child development, including completion of ACLP online coursework.
  • Students will have at least 100 hours experience working with infants, well children, youth and/or families in a variety of settings.

Child Life Internship Requirements and Expectations

  1. A complete orientation to NorthShore University Healthsystem including health screening and criminal background check (this must be completed in person on campus)

  2. Written goals and objectives for the internship experience

  3. Weekly meetings with student supervisor

  4. Internship case study and project for completion during placement and presentation to the child life staff

  5. Participation in evaluation at regular intervals throughout the clinical experience

Requirements for Child Life Internship Application Process   

To apply for an internship, please provide documents, as ordered below.

Download and complete the Application Form (PDF), print, and mail it along with a copy of:

  • A cover letter
  • CLC Eligibility Report
  • Your resume
  • Official college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), sealed by registrar
  • Three written professional references (one from a CCLS)
    • All recommendation letters must be sent in a sealed envelope with the sender’s signature across the seal.

Send to:
Beth Lucas
Child Life Coordinator
2650 Ridge Ave.
Walgreen Building, Ste. 1505
Evanston, IL 60201

The student coordinator will review your application and notify you of the status of your application. A phone interview and in-person interview is required before any decision regarding acceptance to the program is made.