Child Life Internship Requirements and Application Materials

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Child Life Internship Requirements and Application Materials

Contact Information

(608) 890-8095

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Application Deadlines

Summer: Postmarked by January 5

Fall: Postmarked by March 16

Spring: Postmarked by September 5


The American Family Children's Hospital Child Life Program follows the Association of Child Life Professionals' Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates

We only accept interns affiliated with a college or university.

All Child Life internship application materials must be postmarked by the deadline for consideration.

  • Senior standing in an accredited college or university with all coursework completed
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Child Life
  • Grade-point average of 3.0 in core classes
  • A course in Medical Terminology
  • Completed Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Eligibility Assessment with passing evaluation in 8/10 course requirements (must include In Progress Forms for any remaining course requirements)
  • 100 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families
  • 150 hours of experience with children and families in a hospital or health care setting, which includes a minimum 50-hour Child Life practicum under the supervision of a certified child life specialist

Application Materials

  • Current résumé
  • Completed Common Child Life Internship Application (pdf)
  • College/university transcript (If internship is offered, an official transcript will need to be provided)
  • Copy of ACLP Eligibility Assessment
  • ACLP verification of hours forms must be completed for each hospital and healthcare setting at which hours were obtained
    • Verification of Related Experience Hours
    • Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience Hours
  • Two letters of recommendation, in sealed envelope and signed
    • One to be from hospital or healthcare setting
    • One from an academic institution
  • Copy of checklist and answers to additional questions (pdf)

Mail all application materials by the deadline to:

AFCH Child Life Internship Program
American Family Children's Hospital
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792-C500

Additional Information

Once applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be selected for an interview on-site or via WebEx (online video conferencing).

Upon acceptance of the internship, interns are required to complete all paperwork for the onboarding process prior to start of internship including: current affiliation agreement between UW Health and university, caregiver background check, health screening information, signed confidentiality agreement and UW Health's online Safety and Infection Control (SIC) training.