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 currently have a contract with CHKD. We are accepting applicants from: Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, East Carolina University, Central Michigan University, Ohio University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Missouri. If your university is not listed and you are interested in applying to our internship program, your application deadline is the same as the term before your desired internship session. Once you have been selected as an intern your college/university must negotiate a contract with CHKD before the internship start date. Please be advised this could take up to 6 months. If you are applying for fall 2014 session and have questions, please contact Liz McCarthy at for all other inquiries regarding our program please contact Shannon Hood at

CHKD's Child Life Services provides a quality training experience for future child life professionals by offering a 584 hour, 14.5 week internship program with varied days and hours, twice a year.

Internship Session Application Deadline Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates
Fall May 5 2nd Tuesday of June 2nd Wednesday of June
Spring September 5 2nd Tuesday of October 2nd Wednesday of October

In order to apply for this internship, you must meet the Child Life Council’s (CLC) certification eligibility course requirement, 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. For more information regarding CLC’s course requirement please click here.

Download the 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 for more details. This requirement is only for fall 2014 applicants and will be replaced with the Eligibility Assessment Service by CLC for all subsequent applications. CLC will review coursework through April 30, 2014.
  • Child Life Course Verification Form

Send to:

Child Life Department
c/o Shannon Hood
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.