Child Life Practicum
- Understand the Child Life philosophy and program in use at the American Family Children's Hospital
- Learn about and observe how hospitalization affects infants, children and adolescents
- Observe the role of a Child Life specialist on the inpatient units and outpatient services
- Provide diversional play activities and facilitate socialization between patients of all ages
- Learn about medical play and other techniques used by Child Life specialists to promote a positive hospital experience and facilitate coping
Applying to the Program
- Have at least junior standing in an accredited university
- Have completed at least two college level courses focused on child life, child development, developmental psychology or family systems
- Have prior experience working with infants, children or adolescents
- Be currently enrolled in a university or be able to purchase liability insurance
- Have a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in hospital/healthcare/medical-related setting (i.e. Child Life volunteer, counselor at special needs camp)
The Child Life Practicum at the American Family Children's Hospital is a 15-week program offered during the spring and fall semesters only. Students will complete five rotations (Inpatient, Pediatric Specialty Clinics, Day Treatment/Sedation, Surgery and Emergency Department) with a minimum of 10 hours per week, including weekend shifts. Child Life staff will work with individual students to accommodate schedules, but students are expected to complete all rotations.
Please note: Because we feel strongly that students should receive a variety of experiences, we do not accept internship applications from students who have completed a Child Life Practicum at American Family Children’s Hospital.