Wolfson Children's Hospital offers clinical training and internship opportunities for pediatric specialties such as Child Life, and Pastoral Care.
Child Life specialists are part of the health care team and are trained to understand and meet the unique needs of children in the hospital. Child Life specialists have special training and experience in understanding children's reactions to illness and being in the hospital. They use these skills to encourage emotional well-being and normal development while your child is in the hospital.
If you are interested in the Child Life internship program*, please click here (PDF) for detailed information. Wolfson follows the CLC's recommended deadlines and accepts intern applications for spring and fall semesters.
*To be considered for an internship, students must be enrolled at one of the following universities:
- Auburn University
- College of Charleston
- Florida State University
- Georgia Southern University
- Iowa State University
- Louisiana Tech University
- Ohio University
- Samford University
- University of North Florida
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The child life practicum at Wolfson Children's Hospital is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Through experiential learning and observation of Certified Child Life Specialists, practicum students begin to increase their knowledge of basic child life skills related to play, developmental assessment and integration of child life theory into interventions.
Practicum students will increase their comfort level by interacting with children and families in the hospital setting. Through these experiences, practicum students will enhance their knowledge of the child life profession and investigate the process of applying child life and developmental theory to practice.
Child Life Practicum application (Word)
Child Life Practicum application (PDF)