Child life internship AppliCAtion - Peyton Manning Children`s Hospital
Child Life Internship Application
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent
1. Bachelors Degree or last semester of Senior Year
2. 3.0 grade point average
Major in Child Development, Child Health, Education, Psychology or related field
3. 150 combined hours of volunteer experience with children; 75 of these hours must be
in a healthcare setting. (50% of these hours must be completed by the application deadline, and all must be completed by the start of the internship). Student must provide
documentation of all volunteer hours.
4. CPR certification
5. Health insurance
6. Liability insurance
7. Be available for a 15-16 week rotation; be willing to work a flexible schedule which may
include some night and weekend hours
Assignment to various units for exposure and to gain experience in General Pediatrics;
Pediatric Intensive Care; Pediatric Emergency; Surgery; Radiology; Rehabilitation; and
Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic
Case study and disease research paper; this requires a presentation to the Child
Final project of your choice, which also requires an oral presentation
Site Visit Week – you will be given a week to visit other facilities to learn about other
Child Life programs and alternative Child Life settings
Daily journal entries
Small projects that will be assigned by individual preceptors
Weekly meeting with Internship Coordinator
Goals and Objectives for Internship
1. To become familiar with the Child Life profession,
along with Child Life programs at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent.
2. To gain an understanding of the impact of
hospitalization on the emotional and developmental needs of children.
3. To have the opportunity to interact with
patients on a one-to-one basis and in
4. To provide an accepting, non-threatening
environment to promote healthy interactions
between child, staff, and family.
5. To become acquainted with the needs of
hospitalized children and to recognize creative and
flexible programming in meeting those needs.
6. To be an advocate and spokesperson for children and
families in their interaction with the health care system.
7. To prepare children for surgery and other medical experiences through the use of books,
photo albums, dolls, medical equipment, and play.
8. To gain a basic and practical working knowledge of medical procedures and terminology.
9. To develop an understanding of other disciplines working with Child Life in a
10. To strengthen ability to interact and relate to other professional and
11. To develop an understanding of team effort in effecting positive experiences for
12. To evaluate oneself under the guidance of experienced professionals, and to be
measured by professional standards.
13. To begin transition from student to professional.
14. To gain professional attitude, growth, maturity, and judgment.