Thank you for your interest in an internship in Child Life. The Child Life Program provides direct patient contact to approximately 70 inpatient pediatric beds. (The NICU only receives Child Life services as requested.) Child Life services are also provided in the Pediatric Outpatient clinics, Radiology and the Emergency Department.
We offer a full-time 40 hour per week, 15 week internship experience during the spring and fall. Interns may have the opportunity to rotate in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Intensive Care/Intermediate Care, Radiology and Emergency Department.
The Child Life Program accepts individuals who are the best prepared for a Child Life internship and who have a desire to gain certification and employment in this field. An internship in this health care setting will provide the senior undergraduate or graduate student with practical and intense Child Life experience.
Internship placements at this health care setting offer no stipend and do not guarantee future employment at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Completion of the internship will provide the experience required to apply for Child Life Certification and to enter a competitive job market.
For further information about a career in Child Life and certification contact:
Child Life Council, Inc.
11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20852-2529
Requirements for Internship Applicants
To be considered for the internship, the following criteria must be met:
1. Common Child Life Internship Application
Note: Application must be typed and must include the official Child Life Council Coursework review and transcript
2. Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital Supplemental Application
3. Verification of volunteer hours in a hospital setting
5. Two reference letters
References should be written paragraph style addressing your knowledge and skills relating to your work with children and professionals.
- 1 recommendation from an academic instructor
- 1 recommendation from a supervisor who has directly observed your work with children in a hospital setting
Mail all application materials in one packet to address:
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Child Life Internship Program, MC H077
500 University Dr
PO Box 850
Hershey PA 17033
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