The Child Life Department at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio offers a 15-week/600 hour clinical accredited child life internship designed to give the intern maximum experience in the hospital setting. The first week is an orientation to our Children's Hospital and the Child Life department. The remaining weeks are divided into clinical rotations giving the intern experience with all ages of children from infants to adolescents. One week will be designated for site visits to other child life programs, community resources and benevolent organizations that compliment child life services. Child Life interns will also be exposed to a variety of medical settings and experiences designed to strengthen each intern's skill set.
Interns work in various inpatient and outpatient settings gaining experience in the following skill sets:
- Building rapport with patients and families,
- Planning and facilitating developmentally appropriate play activities for hospitalized children both in playrooms/group activities and individual sessions,
- Providing child life therapeutic interventions,
- Participating in preparation for and support during procedures and treatments,
- Conducting medical play sessions,
- Conducting assessments, developmental observations and other assignments, all under the supervision of Certified Child Life Specialists.
Our internship provides 2 clinical rotations along with 2 roundtable learning experiences weekly, reading assignments, weekly journals, article reviews, and project work. Interns will have weekly meetings with their preceptor and the internship coordinators. Intern applicants should expect to work 40-plus hours a week with additional reading and project work to be done aside from assigned hospital hours. The internship is aligned with ACLP curriculum modules.
Required readings prior to the internship (these can be purchased thru ACLP):
- Gaynard, L., Wolfer, J., Goldberger, J., Thompson, R., Redburn, L., and Laidley, L. (1990). Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual. Bethesda, MD: Association for the Care of Children's Health.
- Bolig, Rosemary., Mahan, Carmel., Rollins, Judy. (2005). Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-Care Continuum, Pro-ed, Austin, TX
- Thompson, Richard. (2009). The Handbook of Child Life, A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher. Springfield, IL
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio Child Life Internship Program currently accepts university affiliated students and non-affiliated/independent students.
Interns not affiliated with a university are required to obtain liability insurance prior to the start of the internship at your own cost. Information on how to obtain liability insurance will be provided prior to start date if needed. University affiliated interns will need to provide proof of liability insurance through their academic institution. Interns must provide proof of immunizations and TB test results prior to start date. Interns will be responsible for obtaining a Flu shot per hospital infection control guidelines.