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Comer Children's offers internships to students pursuing a master’s degree in child life, child development or a related field. Internship opportunities are available throughout the academic year and in the summer. The academic year internship begins in September and runs for 30 weeks (20 hours a week). Additionally, we offer a fall, spring or summer internships that is full-time (40 hours a week) for 15 weeks. All internships require an additional week-long orientation provided prior to the first rotation.
Students are given opportunities to develop skills in assessment, intervention, therapeutic play, professionalism, trauma-informed care, and cultural competence. The student's internship coordinator, rotation supervisors and other staff members in the program provide instruction and guidance as well as weekly opportunities for reflective supervision.
Our internship program was accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals in in 2018 and adheres to all requirements related to accreditation. Interns will complete a minimum of 600 hours during their internship.
Due to the large amount of applications received, all applications must be postmarked by the application deadline dates set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals: Internship Deadline Dates
Before applying for internship placement in the Child Life and Family Education Program at Comer Children's Hospital, please review the following criteria to make certain that you qualify:
To apply for an internship, please provide documents, as ordered below:
View and download the application form (PDF)
Complete the application form, print and mail it along with a copy of:
All recommendation letters/forms must be sent in a sealed envelope with the sender’s signature across the seal
One reference must be a CCLS
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
Child Life and Family Education, MC 8008
Attn: Aimee Karas
5721 S. Maryland Ave., Room K-135
Chicago, IL 60637-1470
The internship coordinator will review your application and notify you of the status of your application. A phone interview and in-person interview is required before any decision regarding offer to the program is made.
Child Life Internship Requirements and Expectations