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The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital offers a practicum program for students pursuing a career in child life who are currently enrolled in a master’s program. We accept applications for spring, summer, and fall sessions. Practicum students will complete a minimum of 120 hours for 10 weeks (approx. 12 hours a week).
Students are given opportunities that will familiarize them with the child life profession through observation and some hand-on experience in clinical settings. The student's clinical supervisor (a certified child life specialist) and other staff members in the program provide supervision, instruction, and guidance.
Due to the large amount of applications received, all applications must be received by the date listed on the second page of the application.
Before applying for practicum placement in the Child Life and Family Education Program at Comer Children's, please review the following criteria to make certain that you qualify:
To submit an application, please observe the following steps:
1. View and download the application form (PDF).
2. Complete the application form, print and mail it along with a copy of:
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 practicum 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 acceptance to the program is made.