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Child Life Internship Program

A child life internship is the final step in the process of working toward certification as a child life specialist. The Johns Hopkins Child Life internship program, accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals, is offered twice a year in fall and winter/spring sessions. The program is full-time for 16 weeks, a total of 640 hours.

The internship program consists of two clinical rotations, in which interns spend seven weeks each and work to become an integral member of the multidisciplinary team. The level of responsibility progresses gradually from initially observing to ultimately providing services independently. In addition to the clinical experiences, interns are provided with ample learning opportunities in the form of weekly seminars, readings and assignments all geared toward applying theory to practice, encouraging a reflective approach to child life practice and preparing interns for the child life certification exam.

Diversity Scholarship

The Association of Child Life Professionals has funding to help support students from diverse backgrounds and experiences during their internships. Applications are available following each internship application cycle.


Prior to applying, qualified candidates must:

  • Be in their final year of study or have completed a four-year degree in a relevant field
  • Have completed a child life practicum, which follows the ACLP recommended standards (Based on limited opportunities to complete practicum programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will consider candidates who have a practicum in progress at the time of the application deadline.)
  • Have at least 100 hours of volunteer or work experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families
  • Have at least 100 hours of volunteer experience within a child life department supervised by a certified child life specialist 
  • Have met the coursework criteria required to sit for the 2019+ Child Life Certifying Exam
  • Have earned a cumulative minimum 3.0 grade point average in all college coursework

Application Process

Application packet must include the following:

  • Completed Common Child Life Internship Application form
  • Two completed ACLP reference forms emailed directly to 
  • A current resume
  • A copy of your ACLP Eligibility Assessment Report (We accept the Confirmation of Child Life Course in Progress form.)
  • Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience Hours form OR Confirmation of Child Life Practicum in Progress form
  • Verification of Related Experience Hours form
  • Please note, we no longer require candidates to send in transcripts (official or unofficial). Transcripts will be requested of candidates upon offer of an internship placement.

Please return the completed application packet either to this address (ideally a minimum of two to three weeks in advance of the application deadline to ensure timely arrival):

Child Life Department
Re: Child Life Training Coordinator
Bloomberg Children’s Center
Room 7217
The Johns Hopkins Hospital 
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 


Via email to If using email, please save all attachments as PDF files.

Once the application packet has been reviewed to ensure meeting admission criteria, selected candidates will be asked to send prerecorded video responses to interview questions. Of the candidates who have sent in video responses, several will be selected to participate in a live video call interview. All interviews will be conducted via video call, regardless of candidates’ distance to the Baltimore area.

We follow the application, offer and acceptance guidelines set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals:

Fall 2021 application deadline: March 15, 2021

More Information

Please also see the Association of Child Life Professionals website for recent updates and more information regarding certification eligibility requirements.

For additional information regarding the Johns Hopkins Child Life Internship, please contact Lauren Mitchell via email at

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