Child Life Services
Internship at CHKD
The Child Life Department is offering internships for
those wishing to pursue a career as a Child Life Specialist. Be advised that if you are selected as an intern, your college/university must negotiate a contract with CHKD before the internship start date. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Drap, CCLS at Laura.Drap@CHKD.org.
CHKD's Child Life Services provides a quality training experience for future child life professionals by offering a 560 hour, 14 week internship program with varied days and hours, two times a year.
||Initial Offer Dates
||2nd Tuesday of June
||2nd Wednesday of June
||2nd Tuesday of October
||2nd Wednesday of October
In order to apply for this internship, you must meet the CLC certification eligibility course requirements, be affiliated with a college or university, and you must have at least 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience working with children and/or have completed a child life practicum.
general internship outline.
Mail your complete application in one envelope. Include:
- The CLC’s Common Internship
application form (click here to download the form)
- Three reference letters in sealed envelopes
(One letter must be from a person who has observed your work with children, especially supervisor(s) from any hospital/health care experiences you have had.)
- Official transcript from each school attended
(Include list of courses in which you are currently enrolled, if applicable.)
- Coursework review by the Child Life Council. Please go to
www.childlife.org for more details.
Child Life Department
c/o Laura Drap, Child Life Specialist
601 Children’s Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507
An interview is required if your application meets the admission criteria. Upon review of your application, you will be notified of your selection status, which may include scheduling an interview. A personal interview is preferred if you live within 100 miles of Norfolk. However, a phone interview can be arranged if you live outside the 100 mile radius or are unable to attend a personal interview. If you are selected as an intern, an affiliation agreement must be negotiated between your college or university and CHKD prior to the start of your internship. If an affiliation fails to be negotiated, the internship offer becomes void.