Dear Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Child Life internship program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. The 640-hour child life internship at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital provides the learner with supervised, guided experience with children and supports the development of professional child life skills. This internship is best suited for undergraduate students nearing graduation (during final semester of school) or Master’s degree students pursuing graduate study relevant to child life work. The student’s clinical supervisor, along with other child life team members, provides instruction and guidance. We do accept qualified applicants who are not affiliated with an academic program.

Please complete the Common Child Life Internship Application located on the Association of Child Life Professionals website.

Also, please refer to the UMCH Internship Application at the end of this letter for additional application requirements specific to the Child Life Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.  

All documents must be received by the application deadline for an internship application to be considered complete and ready for review.

We offer internships in the Fall and Winter semesters.

Our timeline is as follows:

For Internship Starting: Application Deadline: Interviews During:  Applicant Notification By: Applicant Acceptance By:
January September 5 September/October  2nd Tues of October 2nd Wed of October
September March 15 March/April  1st Tues of May 1st Wed of May

Eligible applicants must have:

  • successfully completed a minimum of 10 courses related to child life, child development, or closely related field; 
  • successfully completed or be enrolled in a child life class taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist;
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • a minimum of 100 hours experience with well children and/or families AND;
  • a minimum of 100 hours experience with children and/or families in stressful situations, health care settings and/or programs designed for children with special needs. 

Download an application for the UMCH-Specific Child Life Internship

Please send your completed application packet to:

Internship Program
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
22 S. Greene St.
Child Life, Rm S5C15
Baltimore, MD 21201

We will review each application upon receipt and then contact you in regards to a potential on-site or phone interview with the Child Life team of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your interest in our program.


Shannon Joslin, MS, CCLS
Internship Coordinator