Student Opportunities

Apply for Our Child Life Practicum and Internship Opportunities

At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Child Life department focuses on enhancing the psychosocial experience within the hospital environment.

Child life specialists help children and families cope with the stress and uncertainty that often accompany a hospital experience. They are trained in teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures in a developmentally appropriate manner to promote optimum development, maintain normal living patterns and minimize psychological trauma.

Recognizing the importance of investing in the field of child life, we currently offer two educational opportunities for students pursuing a career in child life.

Child Life Clinical Internship

Please Note: We will not be offering spring 2024 or summer 2024 internship opportunities.

The Child Life Department at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital offers a 16-week full-time internship during the Fall and Spring for individuals seeking a career as a child life specialist. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic program throughout the duration of the internship. Students are supervised by Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) and participate in rigorous hands-on clinical and academic training.


Please check back for updates regarding our internship offerings.

Child Life Practicum

Please Note: We will not be offering fall 2023, winter 2023, or spring 2024 practicum opportunities.

Our practicum program is a largely observational experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Practicum students will have the opportunity to become familiar with procedural support and preparation, medical play, coping facilitation and therapeutic play activities.

The practicum is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of child life practice through observation of the daily work of a Certified Child Life Specialist.


Please check back for updates regarding our practicum offerings.