Child Life Internship

Child Life Internship and practicum programs

We accept interns and practicum students three times a year (Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall). We follow the Association of Child Life guidelines for application deadlines.

We are currently accepting Winter/Spring 2022 applications. 

Application deadlines:


Application deadline: Jan. 5
Initial offer date: 2nd Tuesday of February
Acceptance date: Following Wednesday


Application date: March 15
Initial offer date: 2nd Tuesday of May
Acceptance date: Following Wednesday


Application date: Sept. 7
Initial offer date: 2nd Tuesday of October
Acceptance date: Following Wednesday

Students will gain experience in Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care, Emergency, and Pre-Op. Practicums are 200 hours, typically 16 hours a week. Practicums provide opportunities for observing the role of Child Life Specialists and becoming more familiar with working in the hospital setting.  

Internships are 40 hours a week up to a minimum of 600 hours. Internships provide opportunities for gaining and mastering the skills required to prepare you to work in the Child Life profession.

***Current and previous Sparrow Pediatric Volunteers are not eligible to apply for Practicum and Internship***

Requirements to apply for practicums:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  •  Application

Requirements to apply for internships:

  • Completion of a Child Life Practicum at a different organization prior to applying for Internship
  • In-person interviews only for internship applications
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Common Child Life Internship Application
  • Transcripts- student copy is acceptable
  • 3 Child Life Internship Candidate Common Recommendation Forms in signed and sealed envelopes

Mail applications to:

Pediatrics-Child Life Services
1215 E. Michigan Ave
P.O. Box 30480
Lansing, MI 48909-7980


Email Aileen Hansen, Child Life Specialist, at