The Child Family Life department at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s hospital provides internship opportunities during the fall and spring semesters and abides by the Child Life Council’s standards for application deadlines
. Our internship program is available to last semester seniors, bachelor graduates, and graduate students. It is a 16 week, 640 hour unpaid internship that includes experiences on inpatient, outpatient, and ancillary units.
The following minimum entrance requirements are consistent with national standards endorsed by the Child Life Council:
The Application Process
- Bachelor’s Degree or last semester senior
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Verifiable Supervised Clinical Experience
- At least 100 hours of well child experience
- At least 100 hours of experience with hospitalized children
- Have had experience with all age groups of children; infant/toddler, school-aged, and adolescent. Experience with a variety of developmental levels & culture is beneficial.
- Ability to commit to child life internship. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital offers a 16 week, 640 hour full time internship. Work hours vary depending upon the needs of the patients on each unit.
- Ability to participate in a mandatory personal interview
- Ability to pass a mandatory health screening
Individuals meeting the minimum entrance requirements may submit an application. Applications not containing all of the following components will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A complete application must include the following:
- Internship Application Face Sheet
- A written essay (500 word maximum) to specifically address the following:
- Describe your professional goals for this internship
- Describe life experiences that have shaped your interest in a Child Life career
- Strengths you will bring to a Child Life internship
- A personal statement that describes your philosophy of Child Life
- Professional resume outlining academic and clinical experiences, as well as other qualifications
- College transcripts, official not required for initial application. (Please highlight the coursework that fulfills the requirements for certification as established by the Child Life Council, including the one required Child Life course. This information can be found online at www.childlife.org. All applicants must have completed the required coursework to be considered.)
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, employers, or advisors who have directly observed and can assess your work with children, parents, and professionals. Recommendations must address specific knowledge and skills relevant to your work.
For information on becoming a certified Child Life Specialist, please visit the Child Life Council’s website.