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Child Life Clinical Opportunities

Child life specialists are prepared at the bachelors and masters levels in Child Life, Child Development and other related fields. Professional certification is available to qualified candidates through the Child Life Certification Commission. Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) must pass the Child Life Professional Certification Examination. For more information, contact the Association of Child Life Professionals. If you are interested in the opportunities offered at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, click on the category of interest below.

ACLP Accredited Internship Program

Practicum Opportunities

Practicum is offered in the summer, spanning the month of June. The practicum experience at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is an observational role, shadowing Certified Child Life Specialists in multiple areas. The student follows a full-time work schedule, along with completing assignments equivalent to the workload of one class. Four practicum students are chosen each session. This practicum program follows the recommended standards from the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Shadowing Opportunities

Shadow opportunities are available to interested individuals ages 16 years – adult wanting to observe a child life specialist during his/her work. The shadow participant remains in an observatory role, without having hands-on contact with a patient or family. Shadowing times are offered throughout the year, except for the month of June and the week of Thanksgiving through Christmas. All times are based on the availability of a child life specialist. Prerequisites include completing the shadow packet, readings, and assignments.

Seminar Opportunities

Temporarily suspended until further notice.

The child life staff offers a learning seminar to interested students and adults wanting to know more about the field. The seminar is composed of two varying sessions:

Child Life Seminar 101

This seminar is open to high school juniors/seniors, college students, and adults interested in learning more about the field of child life. This is an introductory seminar to learn more about the child life profession. Some key topics that will be discussed are the following:
  • What is child life?
  • How do I follow the child life career path to become a child life specialist?
  • What does a typical day look like in this profession?

Child Life Seminar 102

This seminar is open to college students who are actively pursuing a degree of concentration in child life. This is an opportunity for some hands-on learning experience with Certified Child Life Specialists. Some key points that will be addressed are the following:
  • Bereavement
  • Boundaries
  • Case studies/scenarios
  • Internship/practicum application and interviewing
Typically, the 101 Seminar is held twice per year, and the 102 Seminar is held once per year. Dates vary according to the availability of the teaching venue.

Seminar Applications

Child Life Internship Opportunities

The internship is offered in the fall semester only. One intern is chosen for each session. The internship equals 680 hours. The breakdown includes the following:

  • 40 hours - orientation
  • 240 hours - outpatient rotation
  • 240 hours - inpatient rotation
  • 40 hours - visiting other areas within the multidisciplinary team
  • 120 hours - additional outpatient/inpatient area

It is expected that the intern is in an observatory role at first, then progresses towards independence. Daily debriefing with the clinical rotation supervisor and weekly debriefing with the internship coordinator ensures communication and fosters growth. This clinical internship follows the standards set for clinical internship accreditation.

Music Therapy Internship Opportunities

Our Music Therapy Program offers a full-time internship program combining free educational classes with clinical experience. College students will receive opportunities to work with physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as certified Child Life specialists, social workers, nurses, techs, certified nurse practitioners and physicians at Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.

For more information, contact:
Kari Podboy , MT-BC Internship Director
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