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Child Life Services

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of the community, we will not be offering a Spring 2021 internship. We plan to resume our internship in Fall of 2021. Please continue to refer to our webpage for the most updated information. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your continued understanding.

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. 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.

Internship Schedule

Our Child Life Internship follows the Association of Child Life Professionals internship guidelines and offers two six-week rotations and three one-week mini rotations. The intern will gain experience in various hospital units throughout their internship. Our child life internship is a 15-week, 600 hour full- time program. 

Requirements

(ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET PRIOR TO SUBMITTING APPLICATION)

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

  • Required: At least 300 hours of child life experience (100 hours with well children, 100 hours with hospitalized children, and 100 hours with children in stressful situations (i.e foster care, grief camps, special needs, etc.)
  • 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. Unaffiliated applicants will be accepted. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a master’s program will only be accepted if they are from one of the following hospital affiliated universities: 

  • University of La Verne
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Loma Linda University
  • San Diego State University

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

Application Materials Checklist

Only completed entries will be reviewed. A complete application must include the following:

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

  • Completed child life intern application. Click here.
  • Eligibility assessment – Applicants must meet educational requirements of the ACLP. Courses currently in progress will be accepted if class will be completed by the start of the internship. Click here.
  • Copy of transcripts from all attended institutions (student copy acceptable)
  • Three Common Recommendation Forms, preferably two from professional sources who have observed your work with children and one from an academic source
  • Resume and cover letter

Application Deadlines

Internship Session Application deadlines Initial offer dates Acceptance dates Second offer dates
Winter/Spring Sept. 5 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Oct.15
Fall Mar. 15 May 4 May 5 May 6

Frequently Asked Questions

How many applicants do you accept?

We accept one applicant per session, fall and spring. We do not offer a summer session.

Do you accept personal recommendation letters or just the Common Recommendation Form? 

We accept the Child Life Internship Candidate Common Recommendation Form. 

Do you accept applicants who are in progress with classes or their practicums? 

Yes, we accept in-progress forms. However, the class or practicum has to be completed by the internship start date. 

Will my practicum hours count towards the required 100 hours of working with hospitalized children? 

Yes, the practicum hours will count towards the required 100 hours working with hospitalized children. In addition to the practicum, hours volunteering in the hospital are highly recommended. 

Application Mailing Address

Please mail the completed application to:

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

DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICANTS YOU WILL NOT BE CONTACTED UNLESS YOU ARE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW.  ADDITIONALLY, THE CHILD LIFE DEPARTMENT CANNOT CONFIRM RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION. APPLICANTS WHO DESIRE CONFIRMATION MUST COORDINATE THIS THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE OR FEDEX.

We thank you for your interest in the Rady Children’s Child Life Internship Program and we look forward to receiving your application.

For more information about the Child Life Internship, please contact: 

Internship Coordinator Andie Sherman
Email childlifeinternship@rchsd.org or call 858-966-1700, ext. 22-5208.