Valley Children's Child Life Internship Program

A child life internship is the final step in the process of working toward a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist. The internship program at Valley Children’s Hospital is offered twice a year during the Winter/Spring and Fall semesters. This full-time, 600-hour internship takes place over 15 weeks under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. The program reviews the Child Life Clinical Internship Curriculum approved by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

Interns are paired with a Certified Child Life Specialist who provides supervised and guided experiences with children while supporting the development of professional child life skills. Rotations vary and may require weekend and evening shifts. Interns will experience a variety of inpatient and outpatient areas throughout the semester. In addition to hands-on training, interns will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds, in-service trainings and other continuing education opportunities. 

Valley Children's Hospital follows the ACLP's recommended application deadlines found on their website.

Internship Requirements

  1. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a college or university. The Child Life internship must be part of the school’s curriculum.

  2. Applicants must have successfully completed the ten required courses outlined in the ACLP's eligibility assessment.

How to Apply for a Child Life Internship at Valley Children's Hospital

Submit applications to: The subject line should include the applicant's name and the internship session (Winter/Spring, Fall, and the year). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


If you have additional questions regarding becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist, please review the Candidate Manual

If you have questions regarding the Child Life internship, please contact Rachel at