Child life specialists are child development experts who work to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health care settings. They promote effective coping through play, self-expression activities, and age-appropriate medical preparation and education.
As advocates of family-centered care, child life specialists work in partnership with doctors, nurses, social workers, and others to meet the unique emotional, developmental, and cultural needs of each child and family.
How Can a Child Life Specialist Help My Family?
- Support families confronting grief and bereavement issues.
- Provide information and resources for parents and members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Advocate for family-centered care. (Learn more about Family Support Services.)
Child Life Internship
The Child Life Internship at Primary Children’s Hospital is offered as a 40-hour per week, one semester internship that follows the approved curriculum of the Child Life Council (CLC). This is a non-paid internship that prepares students for the child life profession.
As Utah’s premiere children’s hospital, we are able to provide a variety of opportunities for learning and growth. We strive to give our interns inpatient and outpatient learning to enrich their experience and prepare them for entry level job positions.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mail complete application packet to:
Child Life Internship Program
Family Support Services Department
Primary Children’s Hospital
100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1103
Our program follows the CLC Internship Recommended Deadlines. Each application will be evaluated according to four factors:
- Previous coursework.
- Academic performance.
- Professional recommendations.
- Quality of application responses.
You will be contacted within two weeks after the submission deadline concerning the status of your application. At that time, you will be informed as to whether or not you have been selected as a candidate for an interview.
Being invited for an interview does not guarantee acceptance to the internship program. If applicants are not local, then interviews will be done over the phone.
Please call 801-662-3701, with any questions regarding our internship or your application.
Note: Primary Children's Hospital does not currently offer a practicum student program.