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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 six 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.


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
  • 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 Child Life Certifying Exam, including the completion of one child life course taught by a certified child life specialist
  • 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 reference forms to be completed by individuals who have directly supervised or observed the applicant’s work with children and families and/or academic work
    • Please send the following link to your references and ask them to complete and submit the online form.
    • References are also encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation via email to Lauren Mitchell, child life training coordinator, at
  • A current resume
  • A copy of your ACLP Eligibility Assessment Report
  • Verification of practicum experience hours
  • Verification of related experience hours
  • $25 application fee (in check form, payable to Johns Hopkins Child Life Department)

Please return the completed application packet with application fee to this address:

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

Once the application packet has been reviewed to ensure meeting admission criteria, an interview will be required of selected candidates for the next phase of the selection process. A personal (on-site) interview is required if the applicant lives within 100 miles of Baltimore; otherwise, a phone or video interview is possible. 

We follow the application, offer and acceptance guidelines set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Due to the large volume of applications received, we will only accept applications received by the application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to send in applications two to three weeks prior to the deadline to ensure delivery on time.

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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