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 Traci Maye, CCLS, at

CHKD's Child Life Services provides a quality training experience for future child life professionals by offering a 640-hour, 16-week internship program with varied days and hours, twice a year.

Winter/Spring Internship 2022

Application Deadline: September 5, 2021
Initial Offer Date: October 12, 2021
Acceptance Date: October 13, 2021
2nd Offer Date: October 14, 2021

Fall Internship 2022

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
Initial Offer Date: May 3, 2022
Acceptance Date: May 4, 2022
2nd Offer Date: May 5, 2022

Eligibility and Application Details Below

Application Requirements

In order to apply for this internship, you must meet the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) certification eligibility course requirement, be affiliated with a college or university that has a standing agreement with CHKD, 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 ACLP’s course requirement please click here.

Submit Your Application

Mail your complete application in one envelope. Include the following:

  • The ACLP’s Common Internship Application Form.
  • Three Reference Letters in Sealed Envelopes: One of the letters 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 a list of courses in which you are currently enrolled, if applicable.
  • Eligibility Assessment by the Child Life Council. Please visit for more details.
  • Send to: CHKD, Child Life Department c/o Traci Maye, CCLS 601 Children’s Lane Norfolk, VA 23507

Interview Process

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.