Internship

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego offers a child life internship twice a year: fall and spring. The program is designed to prepare an individual to sit for the child life certification exam and to pursue a career as a child life specialist.

Please note: We will not be offering an internship for Spring 2017.

This program will provide one intern per session opportunities for the following experiences: educating patients (and/or their siblings) about their illness or condition; preparing and supporting patients for procedures; planning and implementing therapeutic and recreational activities for patients in the playroom and at the bedside; supervising volunteers; attending patient rounds; and identifying the roles of various multidisciplinary team members.

The Child Life Internship is a 14-week, 40 hours a week, full-time program. The intern will be exposed to multiple units of the Hospital throughout their 560-hour experience. During this internship, the intern will have the opportunity to learn about the psychosocial needs of the different age groups and complete a series of modules on a variety of topics such as preparation, distraction, medical play, documentation, bereavement and family-centered care. Rady Children’s provides comprehensive care in all pediatric specialties and is also a Level I Trauma Center. Learn more about Rady Children’s.

Requirements

(ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET PRIOR TO SUBMITTING APPLICATION)

EXPERIENCE: All applicants must have experience working with hospitalized children, plus:

  • Required: Completion of at least 150 hours of volunteer experience with hospitalized children under the supervision of a child life program
  • Highly recommended: Completion of a child life practicum (minimum 100 hours) under the supervision of a certified child life specialist OR
  • Highly recommended: Completion of 6 months and a minimum of 250 hours of paid experience as a child life assistant under the supervision of a certified child life specialist

EDUCATION: The applicant must have completed at least a bachelor’s-level degree by the start date of the internship. Master’s degrees may be in progress or completed. If  the applicant is currently enrolled in a master’s program, only university-affiliated schools will be accepted. These schools include University of La Vern, Azusa Pacific University and San Diego State University. The degree must be in one of the following subject areas:

  • Child life
  • Child development
  • Human growth and development
  • Child psychology
  • Other related fields

Grades:

  • GPA of at least a 3.0 in major. Applicants with high academic achievement will have priority.

CHILD LIFE COURSES:

Required: Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. Note: All applicants for the November 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement. The child life course taught by a CCLS must be documented with a Child Life Verification Form.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: All of the following materials must be submitted. Only completed entries will be reviewed.

Application Deadlines

Internship Session Application Deadline
Fall March 15
Winter/Spring September 5

Notice: No internship will be held Fall of 2015. Internship will resume Spring of 2016.

Click here for the application (PDF).

Please mail the completed application to:

Attn: Child Life
Internship Coordinator
Mail Code 5126
3020 Children’s Way
San Diego, CA 92123

DUE TO VOLUME, THE CHILD LIFE DEPARTMENT CANNOT CONFIRM RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION. APPLICANTS WHO DESIRE CONFIRMATION MUST COORDINATE THIS THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE OR FEDEX.

For more information, contact Andie Sherman at 858-966-1700, ext. 5208.