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Thank you for your interest in our Child Life Internship Program at Levine Children's. Our Child Life Internship Program is a 15-week, 600-hour placement. During the internship, an intern will complete two six-week rotations. With the guidance of the child life internship coordinator, interns will choose one of the clinical areas they would like to complete a rotation, the other rotation will be assigned.

Child Life Internship Program Application Information        ACLP Seal

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 Date

Acceptance Date

Spring September 7 The second Tuesday of October The second Wednesday of October
Summer January 5 The second Tuesday of February The 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 under the supervision of a CCLS)
  • Coursework must be reviewed by the Association of Child Life Professionals' 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 have a minimum 3.0 GPA in related coursework
  • Applicant must be available for interview either in person (preferred) or via telephone
  • 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

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 (school must have an affiliation agreement with Atrium Health)
  • List of coursework to be reviewed by Association of Child Life Professionals
  • If coursework is yet to be completed, please list which course and when it will be taken
  • All unofficial transcripts
  • Three common recommendation forms in sealed envelopes
  • A letter stating proof of clinical healthcare experience hours or completed clinical experience verification form (PDF)
  • A signed copy of the child life course verification form (PDF) (included in Eligibility Assessment)

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

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 Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center since 1977, and at Levine Children's since its opening in 2007. The Child Life Department has more than 30 staff members, including:

  • Child life manager
  • Two child life lead positions
  • Child life specialists/child life education specialists
  • Child life assistants

The areas in which we provide services are as follows:

  • Children's emergency department
  • One-day surgery
  • Levine Children's Specialty Center
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation unit
  • Pre-operative/post-anesthesia care unit (surgery)
  • Pediatric intensive care unit/cardiovascular intensive care unit
  • Neonatal intensive care/progressive care nurseries
  • Progressive/renal care unit
  • Neurology clinic
  • Adult intensive care units
  • Child life education specialists – assists with 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.


Black scrub top and bottoms. A white or black long sleeve shirt can be worn under scrub top. Shoes must be closed-toe and have a covered heel.

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 Association of Child Life Professionals online store.

The Handbook of Child Life - By R. Thompson (2009)