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 Child Life Internships

​Welcome to our Child Life & Expressive Therapies internship opportunities.

Our team offers two 16-week internships (fall and spring) and one 15-week internship (summer). Each program is *accredited by Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

As a Child Life intern, you'll work directly with our Certified Child Life Specialists to care for patients at Marshfield Children's Hospital at Marshfield Medical Center, a 504-bed tertiary care teaching hospital and Level II trauma center. 

Additionally, interns rotate through Marshfield Clinic Health System locations including 22 clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and radiology departments.

What to expect as a Child Life intern

As an intern, you are responsible for a variety of readings, weekly focus papers, observations and projects.

We ask you to keep daily logs for your weekly summaries. Logs should include:

  • Procedural observations
  • Shadowing of other health care professionals
  • Step-by-step descriptions of your activities
  • Analysis of your observations and performance
  • Comments in relation to your assigned readings

Additionally, your supervisor guides you through various projects, meetings, case studies, trainings and assessments.

Additional internship information

Internship mission and objectives

Internship prerequisites

Internship application


*What does it mean to be ACLP accredited?

Accredited programs ensure high-quality services. As of 2018, ACLP accredits approximately 50 child life programs. Our Children's Hospital is one of two locations in Wisconsin with accredited child life internships. Marshfield Medical Center/Marshfield Children's Hospital submitted more than 50 pages of narratives and 400 documents to earn accreditation.

Learn more about accreditation from ACLP >