*Please note: We are not accepting internship applications for Fall 2020.*

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 Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). 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. 


  • Successful (B- or above) completion of child life coursework inclusive of the 6 applied areas of study as required by the ACLP. 
  • Successful completion of 10 college-level child development or related courses verified through the ACLP eligibility assessment.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students mush have had previous hands-on experience (as a student, volunteer or employee) with children, and preferably, with families that include both: 
    • 100 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families AND
    • 100 hours of experience with infants, children, youth and/or families in stressful situations, healthcare settings, and/or programs designed for children with special needs. 
  • All interns are required to be enrolled at a university of choice for a credited internship. Intermountain Healthcare requires your college or university to be affiliated. Speak to your college's academic adviser to begin the process.

Application Requirements

Application Process

*Please note: We are not accepting internship applications for Fall 2020.*

Mail your application by the ACLP internship recommended deadlines. Please check the Association of Child Life Professionals Internship Deadlines for current internship deadline dates. At this time we do not offer a summer internship session

Each application is evaluated according to five factors:

  1. Previous coursework
  2. Academic performance & GPA
  3. Professional recommendations
  4. Quality of application responses
  5. Quality and amount of volunteer and/or paid experience.

We follow the Association of Child Life offer dates. You will be notified of our decision. Being invited for an interview does not guarantee acceptance. Phone interviews are conducted for non-local candidates. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mail all completed application materials together in one packet to: 

Child Life Internship Program
Family Support Services Department 
Primary Children’s Hospital 
100 North Mario Capecchi Drive 
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-1103