Student Opportunities

Flying Horse Farms Offers Volunteer Opportunities & Summer Practicum

Flying Horse Farms is a non-profit camp that serves children with medical needs for them to heal, grow, and thrive.  They offer Spring/Fall weekend family camps, as well as week-long diagnosis-specific residential camps during the summer. In addition to volunteer/seasonal staff applications, they have just launched an application for a 300-hour child life practicum under the supervision of Rebecca Gordon, MS, CCLS; the full-time CCLS at FHF.  The camp is located about 30 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio.  The practicum includes housing and meals. 

Volunteer Information

Child Life Practicum Information

2023 Camp Schedule

For more information:
Rebecca Gordon, MS, CCLS
Flying Horse Farms

Inheritance of Hope Offers Student Opportunities

Inheritance of Hope (IoH) is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides online, ongoing care to young families facing the terminal illness or loss of a parent. In continuing online support groups for families (Hope@Home™ Groups) and in-person groups (Hope Hub™) this Fall 2022, IoH recognizes the great benefit and expertise child life and psychosocial care students (counseling, social work, etc.) can provide families. 

There are currently two open student positions and we welcome all who are interested to apply! 
Child Life Practicum: All online and easily accessible to receive 100 ACLP verified hours. See attached Practicum flier and apply by August 5th
IoH Groups Intern: All online, flexible hours. See attached Internship flier and apply by August 5th. (This internship is NOT a child life internship and does not count towards hours needed for  ACLP certification). 
Please reach out to Allie Jones, CCLS ( with any questions.

Field Experience

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Phase 1 Child Life Student Field Experience

The Phase 1 Field Placement at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital offers students:

  • Structured field hours directly with patients and families in a pediatric health care setting under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. This may include interactions with patients in playroom or bedside setting.
  • An understanding of the philosophies and goals of Child Life Services gained through observational experiences with Certified Child Life Specialists.
  • Exposure to the psychological impact of medical experiences on children and families.
  • Opportunities to observe a wide range of the implementation of educational and developmentally appropriate activities.
  • An opportunity to conduct an interview with child life professionals, music therapists, and/or hospital schoolteachers within the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Child Life Program.

All applicants must submit a recommendation form from a professor or advisor. 

Recommendation FormReview for more detailed information about the program.

Winter Placement: January to April
• Referral deadline: November 1st
Summer Placement: May to August
• Referral deadline: March 1st
Fall Placement: September to December
• Referral deadline: July 1st

Practicums and Internships

If you would like to update program information or have your hospital included on this page, please email

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s HospitalInternship – Hoffman Estates, IL

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoPracticum – Internship – Chicago, IL

Bronson Children’s Hospital – Kalamazoo, MI

Children’s Hospital of WisconsinPracticumInternship – Milwaukee, WI

Children’s Hospital of MichiganPracticumInternship – Detroit, MI

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterPracticumInternship – Cincinnati, OH

Helen DeVos Children’s HospitalPracticumInternship – Grand Rapids, MI

IU Health Arnett HospitalPracticum – Lafayette, IN (will not be accepting students for spring 2022)

Lutheran Children’s HospitalInternship – Fort Wayne, IN

C.S. Mott Children’s HospitalPracticumInternship – Ann Arbor, MI

Nationwide Children’s HospitalPracticumInternship – Columbus, OH

Northshore University Health SystemPracticum – Evanston, IL

Parkview HealthPracticum – Fort Wayne, IN

Riley Children’s Health at Indiana University HealthInternship – Carmel/Indianapolis, IN