The 13-week Child Life internship features experiential learning. The first week includes an
orientation to our 204-bed facility and Child Life program.
Your 520-hour (40-hour/week plus weekends and community events) commitment will be
divided into rotations giving you experience with all ages: infants/toddlers, pre-school/schoolage children and adolescents.
In varied clinical areas, you will have the opportunity to spend time planning developmentally
appropriate activities for hospitalized children; assist in supervision of activity centers; provide
one-on-one interventions; participate in preparation for and support during procedures and
treatments and conduct medical play sessions, all under the supervision of Certified Child Life
Specialists. You also will have the opportunity to experience a variety of specialty areas.
Week 1 - Orientation
Week 2-12 - Rotation among inpatient and outpatient units
Inpatient Rotation
Pediatric ICU/Cardiac
3 Central - General Medical/Surgical
4 Central - Hematology/Oncology
4 South - General Medical
4 West - Rehab
Outpatient Rotation
Pediatric Emergency Department
Week 13-Final Choice Week
The intern can choose an area of interest (among those available).
** Schedule is subject to change**
Our Child Life Program has responsibilities for patient care 365 days a year with morning,
afternoon and evening coverage. Your schedule during your internship at JDCH will vary and
will require some weekend commitments.
Common Child Life Internship Application
Coursework review from Child Life Council and college transcripts
Philosophy: Please attach a Statement of Philosophy you believe to be important when
working with children and families in healthcare.
Goals and Objectives: Please attach a list of the goals and objectives you expect to
accomplish during your internship.
References/Letters of Recommendation: Please include at least three letters of
recommendation from references who have observed you working with children. Please
attach contact information for each reference.
The internship coordinator will conduct telephone interviews with selected applicants who meet
the criteria to advance in the application process.
Please return the completed application packet to:
Shannon McCarthy, Internship Coordinator, Child Life Department
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive
Hollywood, FL 33021
Prerequisites for Accepted Candidates
Required of accepted interns participating in internship program as part of a college/university
A signed contract of agreement for internship participation with your college/
A background check, fingerprints and liability insurance coverage
Your advisor’s plan for communicating with us during your internship
A copy of evaluation forms required by your program
List of special assignments or project requirements for school
Required of independent interns not affiliated with a college/university
Form filled out through our volunteer services department which will be sent to
you upon acceptance of internship
Volunteer form will include signed consent for fingerprints and background check
to be completed.