Internship Program

The Child Life Department Internship Program at The Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel

We offer a sixteen week, full-time internship, for a total of 600 hours. Our program is designed for students or graduates in the disciplines of child development, family studies, or related areas who have fieldwork experience with children, and are seeking to enter the child life profession. This clinical training experience is offered twice each year, in the fall and winter/spring sessions and follows the child life council deadlines for offers and acceptance.

Our goal during the internship is to provide a professional level, clinical experience that will prepare you to enter the field of child life. As an intern, you will work 37.5 hours a week (Monday-Friday), following the same schedule as your supervisor(s). The hours are typically during the daytime, although they may vary with supervisor schedules as well as special programming that might occur during the evening. In this way, you will acquire the most realistic and consistent working experience to prepare you to be a child life specialist.

Internship Goals and Objectives

  • Must be supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Assist in planning individual therapeutic activities
  • Plan and participate in playroom activities
  • Observe and participate in patient education, procedural support and medical play
  • Observe and participate in sibling support
  • Observe and participate in documentation in medical charts
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings to meet the needs of patients and families
  • Develop the professional skills and competencies necessary to become a Child Life Specialist

Acceptance Criteria

  • Completed core courses within an accredited institution
  • Complete a course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist prior to applying
  • Complete 100 hours of volunteer experience or a practicum with a Child Life Program prior to applying
  • Interview with the Child Life Department and Director

Application packet must include:

  • Completed Common Child Life Internship Application form
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A current resume
  • A copy of your CLC Eligibility Assessment Report

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester- March 15th
  • Spring Semester- September 5th

Please send all completed applications to:

The Child Life Department
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Ave
Newark, NJ 07112

If you have any other questions regarding the internship please call Jillian Hinko at 973-926-7355.

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