Child Life Internship and Practicum by Emotional Support and Play

Group photo of child life specialists

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital’s internship program was accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals in 2016. The program is open to academic students seeking certification as a Certified Child Life Specialist. All students on Sacred Heart's campus must be college or university affiliated. The Child Life Intern will complete a minimum of 640 hours over 16 weeks.

Application for the Child Life Internship at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital requires the Common Child Life Internship Application, available on the Association of Child Life Professionals web page.

In addition to the completed Common Child Life Internship Application, we also require:

  • Cover letter/Letter of interest
  • Two letters of reference/ACLP recommendation forms
  • Official documentation of volunteer hours
  • Current unofficial transcript(s)

A successfully completed practicum program is required prior to application for our internship.

Internship Session Application Deadline Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates
Fall March 15 First Tuesday of May The following Wednesday
Spring September 5 Second Tuesday of October The following Wednesday

Sacred Heart follows the Association of Child Life Professionals recommended deadlines for both student programs. Please email the Child Life Department with any questions, or for further information.

Mailing address for Internship Program applications

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
ATTN: Child Life Department
101 W 8th Ave, Suitre E4008
Spokane, WA 99204

Child Life Practicum

The Child Life Practicum Program is open to college students enrolled in child development courses. We follow the Child Life Practicum Standards from the Association of Child Life Professionals. Students are offered several learning opportunities to better understand the impact of hospitalization on child development. Students must complete 160 hours.

Sacred Heart follows the Association of Child Life Professionals recommended deadlines for both student programs. Please email the Child Life Department with any questions or for further information.

Mailing address for Child Life Practicum Program applications

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
ATTN: Child Life Department
101 W 8th Ave, Suite E4008
Spokane, WA 99204

Internship Session Application Deadline Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates
Fall March 15 first Tuesday of May The following Wednesday
Spring September 5 Second Tuesday of October The following Wednesday