Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

Child Life Career Day

Hosted by: C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Virtual event on Zoom

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

6pm – 7pm EST

Register for the Child Life Career Day

Contact for Questions:

Lydia McInerney

Medical Specialty Camps

If you are looking for opportunities to gain experience working with children who are living with disabilities or chronic illnesses, check out these medical specialty camps in our region.

Volunteer Opportunities at Lutheran Health Network, Indiana

Learn about volunteer opportunities

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

Eastern Washington University Virtual Practicum

Eastern Washington University is thrilled to announce that they are now accepting applications for the upcoming offering of our Hybrid Child Life Community Practicum (Spring quarter begins April 1st).
They are accepting applications from current graduate students or highly recommended seniors who have already completed a CCLS taught Theory & Practice course.  Students can apply by reaching out to Belinda Hammond ( with a current resume and interviews will be scheduled.

Regional Practicums & 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 (not offering summer 2024 practicum)

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