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 Prerequisites for a Child Life Internship

Complete internship prerequisites before you apply.

If you are a Therapeutic Recreation (TR) student, you must be eligible to sit for both Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Certification Exam and NCTRC Exam.

1. College transcripts

Provide your transcripts and a list of current coursework.

2. Eligibility assessment

Update your assessment on ACLP's site prior to your internship.

3. Medical Terminology

Complete Medical Terminology. If you're a TR student focusing on dual certification, you must take both Child and Adolescent Development, beyond the Life-Span Course.

4. 200 volunteer hours

100 hours of well-child experiences:

  • Summer camps
  • Nursery or daycare
  • School-age after-school programs
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Coaching

100 hours of medical experiences:

5. Required readings

Read the following prior to your internship at Marshfield Medical Center:

  • Child Life in Hospitals: Theory and Practice; Thompson and Stanford
  • Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual; Gaynard, Wolfer, Goldberger, Thompson, Redburn and Laidley
  • Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Healthcare Continuum; Rollins, Bolig and Mahan
  • The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care (2009); Thompson

6. Two letters of recommendation

Provide professional letters from a mentor/supervisor of volunteer/work experience and from an educational advisor.

7. Your resume

Include your education and field experiences on your resume.

8. Coursework

Successfully complete child life coursework inclusive of the six applied areas of study, as required by ACLP.

9. Confirm in-progress coursework

Complete your Confirmation of Child Life Course In-progress form and submit with your application materials to (Find this form at the end of your application.)

10. Confirm in-progress practicum

Complete your Confirmation of Child Life Practicum In-progress form and submit with your application materials to (Find this form at the end of your application.)

After meeting prerequisites, complete your application >

After acceptance of internship

Once your materials are submitted, we've completed interviews and you accept the internship, you will need to complete a few other tasks:

  • Health work requirements
  • University contract with hospital
  • Background check