Thank you for your interest in our Child Life Internship Program at Levine Children's Hospital. Our Child Life Internship Program is a 15-week, 600-hour placement. During the internship, an intern will have two rotations: one inpatient and one outpatient. With the guidance of the Child Life manager and the Child Life internship coordinator, interns will choose the clinical areas they would like to serve.

Child Life Internship Program Application Information

To apply, please fill out an application and send other required information according to the time schedule printed in the packet. For more information about the Child Life Internship Program, please email Sara Jane Gibson or call 704-381-2258.

Important Application Dates


Application Deadline

Initial Offer Dates

Acceptance Dates

Winter/Spring September 5 Second Tuesday of October Second Wednesday of October
Summer January 5 Second Tuesday of February Second Wednesday of February

Due to an overwhelming number of applications, we are unable to confirm if your application packet was received.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicant must be receiving academic credit for the internship from a college or university that has a student affiliation agreement (PDF) with Atrium Health
  • One hundred hours of experience with typically developing well children must be completed prior to application deadline
  • One hundred hours of clinical experience in a pediatric healthcare setting must be completed prior to application deadline. (Clinical experience is defined as direct patient interaction)
  • Coursework must be reviewed by the Child Life Council’s eligibility assessment
  • Applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of one child life course taught by a certified Child Life specialist (verification form submitted through eligibility assessment)
  • Applicant must provide immunization records. Applicant must participate in a drug screening, TB test and background check provided through his or her college or university
  • Applicant must be available for interview either in person (preferred) or via telephone
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in related coursework

Application Documents

Along with your application, please submit the following in one envelope:

  • A resume and the name of the school you will be receiving academic credit from during your internship
  • List of coursework to be reviewed by Child Life Council
  • If coursework is yet to be completed, please list which course and when it will be taken
  • Three professional references in sealed envelopes. Please include references from any practicum supervisor you may have had
  • All unofficial transcripts
  • A letter stating proof of clinical healthcare experience hours
  • A signed copy of the child life course verification form (PDF)

Please submit these forms to:
Child Life Department
Attn: Sara Jane Gibson, CCLS
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2681

Child Life Internship Program Details

Child Life Internship Objectives

  • To gain a broader understanding and perspective of the child life profession
  • To develop professional attitude, maturity and judgment within the realm of providing child life services
  • To gain basic knowledge of the organization and administration of a child life department
  • To become independent and self-sufficient as a child life specialist
  • To develop an understanding of a team effort in effecting positive experiences for hospitalized children and their families
  • To develop an understanding of other disciplines and function as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • To be able to assess the needs of hospitalized children and their families and recognize creative and flexible interventions
  • To develop effective communication skills
  • To learn how to prepare patients and families for procedures and surgical interventions in child-friendly terms; to provide education in a non-threatening manner
  • To be able to plan, organize, coordinate, implement, and evaluate activities, special visitors, and group functions
  • To understand the concept of family-centered care and the role child life plays in its implementation
  • To have a strong working knowledge of medical terminology
  • To increase the hospital staff and public's knowledge of the philosophy, goals and programs of the child life department
  • To be confident and gain experience in patient advocacy
  • To bridge the gap between theory and practice within the realm of providing child life services

Child Life General Information

Child life has been a part of Carolinas Medical Center since 1977, and at Levine Children's Hospital since its opening in 2007. The child life department has more than 30 staff members, including:

  • Child life manager
  • Child life specialists/education specialist
  • Child life assistants
  • Arts for Life Coordinator
  • Hospital school teacher
  • Music therapist

The areas in which we provide services are as follows:

  • Children's emergency department
  • One-day surgery
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation unit
  • Levine Children's Specialty Center (outpatient clinic for various chronic illnesses)
  • Levine Children's hematology/oncology outpatient clinic
  • Pre-operative/post-anesthesia care unit (surgery)
  • Neonatal intensive care/progressive care nurseries
  • Progressive renal floor
  • Cardiac floor
  • Neurology floor
  • Infant/toddler/preschool age groups
  • School-age medical/surgical/orthopedic patients
  • Pediatric dialysis unit
  • Epilepsy unit
  • Child life educator specializing in school re-entry and educational plans


Housing is not provided by the hospital to the child life interns. The Child Life Department can make recommendations on housing in the Charlotte area, if needed.


Polo-type shirts (collar with a few buttons) in solid colors with khaki style or scrub pants in black, navy or khaki may be worn. Shoes must be closed-toe and have a covered heel. Tennis shoes are fine to wear, but cannot be made of any type of cloth or mesh material.

Required Reading

Interns are required to read the following book prior to beginning their internship. As an intern, you will be required to have access to this book. It may be purchased through the Child Life Council.

The Handbook of Child Life - By R. Thompson (2009) If you have any questions, please email Sara Jane Gibson or call 704-381-2258.