The Intermountain Child Life Accredited Internship is offered through Utah’s premier healthcare system providing a variety of opportunities for optimal learning and growth in the child life profession. Child Life Services are provided at seven hospitals with a free-standing children hospital and six community hospitals.  This internship is offered as a 40 hour per week, one semester internship that follows the approved curriculum of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). We strive to give interns an enhanced experience in a variety of areas to enrich their internship and prepare them for entry level professional positions. The internship at Intermountain is uncompensated.

The Internship at Intermountain Healthcare provides hands-on experience for individuals who plan to pursue a career in child life. It provides the student with an opportunity to build on coursework and put theory into practice while working in a variety of hospital settings under the direction of a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). 

Goals include: 

  • Enhance knowledge regarding the psychosocial care of infants, children, youth, and families. 
  • Demonstrate assessment and intervention skills. 
  • Increase independence in providing services. 
  • Develop skills that can be applied to any entry-level position in child life.


  • In the process of receiving a Bachelor's or Master's degree (in any field of study) from an academic institution accredited by an organization that is recognized by either the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the international equivalent.
  • In the process of or graduation from an ACLP-endorsed child life academic program (during the period of endorsement) or 10 college courses in the following content areas:
    • Child Life Course Taught by a CCLS
    • Child Development Courses
    • Family Systems Course
    • Play Course
    • Loss/Bereavement or Death/Dying Course
    • Research Course
    • Three Additional Courses in related content areas
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • 100 hours of experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families
  • 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. 
  • Completed the academic course work portion of the ACLP eligibility assessment or are actively enrolled in an ACLP endorsed academic program.
  • 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

For help with this process please refer to the Internship Application Process Document on the ACLP website.


Application Process

Applications must be postmarked by the ACLP internship recommended deadline. Check the Association of Child Life Professions Internship Deadlines webpage for current internship deadlines dates. At this time, Intermountain does not offer a Summer internship 

Each application is evaluated according to five components:

  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.

The Intermountain Child Life Internship Program adheres to the ACLP Internship offer dates. Students will be notified about internship decisions according to the dates established by the ACLP. Invitation for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the Intermountain Child Life Internship. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the internship. TelePresence interview will be set-up for students who are outside of the local area. All completed application materials must be mailed together in one packet to:

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