Education & Training

Child Life Internship

The Child Life department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital offers a 640 hour (16 week) comprehensive internship for Fall and Spring semesters. Our program is designed for students or graduates in the discipline of child development or related areas who have fieldwork experience with hospitalized children, and are seeking to enter the Child Life profession. A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) will supervise the student while he/she participates in clinical experiences with children and families.

To be an eligible candidate you must be a college senior or college graduate and possess:
  • At least 100 hours of practicum experience within a child life department under the direct supervision of a CCLS.
  • At least 100 hours of volunteer work experience with infants, toddlers, school-age and adolescents.
  • Successful completion and documentation of the core curriculum classes, including a course taught by a CCLS as approved by a Child Life Council Eligibility Assessment/Coursework Review
  • We accept one intern for fall (August to December) and one intern for spring (January to May) semester. Our interns will gain experience with a wide variety of patients. Rotation options typically consist of the following units: Infant/Toddler General Medicine, School-age/Adolescent Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transitional Care Unit, Dialysis, Emergency Department, Procedure Center, Diagnostic Imaging and Outpatient Surgery.
  • We can only accept interns affiliated with a college or university.
Download Child Life Internship Application
Download Child Life Student Values

For questions, please email internship coordinator Cassie McAllister.

Child Life Practicum

The purpose of the Child Life practicum program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is to prepare students for child life internships. This eight-week/120-hour practicum is offered in the summer semester, generally during June and July. Practicum students will attend interactive seminars and can expect to gain knowledge while observing and participating in the job duties of Certified Child Life Specialists. The practicum consists of two, four week rotations, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Download Child Life Practicum Information
Download Child Life Practicum Application

For questions, please email our Practicum Coordinator Justine Marty.

Student Workshops

Beyond the Classroom: Tools for Scoring a Child Life Internship

During this workshop, which is designed for current child life students, the Child Life Department will provide students with tools and strategies to improve their internship applications and interviewing skills. This workshop will also explore key elements on how to be a successful intern and future specialist.

Download the Workshop Application

For additional information, please contact Hannah Schroeder.


Volunteer Information

The Child Life department relies on dedicated volunteers every day. Volunteers are primarily responsible for overseeing the playrooms, visiting patients at the bedside and assisting with scheduled special events.

Apply to Be a Volunteer

Becoming a Child Life Specialist

For more information about the education and training required to become a certified child life specialist, please visit
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