Child Life Internship

With regret, the Child Life Program will no longer offer practicum or internship opportunities at UF Health Jacksonville.


To develop child life professional competencies as outlined by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) webpage "Competencies for Child Life Specialists". Clinical experience is gained through application of theoretical knowledge in a skill based practical child life professional service.


  • Integrate theoretical knowledge into clinical practice
  • Develop professional attitudes, growth, maturity and judgment
  • Promote patient and family mastery while minimizing distress
  • Assess variables pertinent to child and family adaptation to healthcare
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate supportive play and activity programs for children, youth, and families
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic play and activity programs for children, youth, and families
  • Coordinate psychosocial educational and support programs
  • Participate interactively with the interdisciplinary team
  • Orient and supervise volunteers
  • Identify administrative issues affecting general healthcare and Child Life Programs
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) documentation
  • Establish eligibility for certification examination


  • Supervision by a Certified Child Life Professional (CCLS)
  • Skill objectives based on competency guidelines
  • Planning and implementation of activity programs for children and youth ages one day through twenty one years of age
  • Participation in the administrative aspects of child life programming (budgeting, performance improvement, professional development)
  • Organization and implementation of educational and supportive programs for children and families regarding medical procedures
  • Communication and relationship establishment with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members
  • Promotion of positive experiences that afford personal growth for hospitalized children and their families


  • Sixteen weeks at 40 hours per week
  • Daily internship hours are 2:00 pm through 10:30 pm for ten weeks and 10:00 am through 6:30 pm for six weeks.
  • Occasional flexible hours are planned to enhance learning opportunities


At time of application:

  • Candidate is recognized as one of the following:
    • a senior level undergraduate
    • a graduate level student
    • a post baccalaureate scholar
    • Bachelor/Master’s/PhD. degree(s) holding
  • Candidate documents anticipated completion of all required coursework through the ACLP Eligibility Assessment and appropriate confirmation of Course In- Progress Forms
  • Candidate has completed a minimum of three hundred hours (300) of child related fieldwork or practical experience

At time of internship

  • Candidate will be enrolled in a credit granting internship or special projects course at an accredited college or university in the state of Florida or Georgia Southern University
  • Candidate’s ACLP’s Eligibility Assessment has received an evaluation of "Passed" in each of the required academic courses

Intern's Responsibilities

  • List overall goals and objectives for the educational period
  • Complete mandatory education and orientation to UF Health Jacksonville and Child Life
  • Read the Child Life Policy Manual
  • Project professional demeanor
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Maintain a written journal of hospital experiences
  • Apply programmed skill objectives
  • Create personal/professional skill objectives
  • Submit eight (8) article reviews
  • Complete two (2) developmental assessments
  • Complete two (2) behavioral/physiological assessments
  • Present one (1) case study
  • Tender one (1) special project
  • Complete one (1) self-evaluation
  • Provide formal and informal presentations to staff, volunteers, and/or community
  • Evaluate UF Health Jacksonville’s Child Life Program Internship
  • Participate in up to three weekend or off hours experiences

Application Process


Documents Required:

Application Submission:

Mail to:
UF Health Jacksonville
Child Life Program Box C-11
655 West Eighth Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

  • Postmark must be on or before deadlines endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals
  • The following components are assessed:
    • Objective criteria - timeliness, presentation, experience with children in healthcare, experience related to child development, competency attestation, and written communication
    • Subjective criteria - evidence of creativity, leadership, and objectivity
  • The top five scoring candidates are offered a telephone,  or onsite interview (remaining candidates will receive letters of regret)
  • Interviews are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Offer(s) for internship to the top rated candidate(s) are extended according to the timetables established by the Child Life Council
  • Once a candidate accepts, the remaining candidates will receive letters of regret

Preparation for Selected Candidate

  • Clearance from Volunteer Services to include the submission of Volunteer Services Application, Consent for Background Screening, and Confidentiality Agreement
  • Completion of Mandatory Training Module
  • Clearance from Employee Health: TB surveillance, rubella and varicella titers
  • Human Resources identification badge
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