Child Life Internship Application
Child Life Internship Application

Application Process

Individuals interested in the Child Life Internship Program should complete their application according to the following time schedules.

If applying for a winter-spring internship (January-April), the due date for the application is Sept. 5 (applications received after the Sept. 5 due date will not be considered regardless of the post mark date). Interviews are conducted in September and early October.

If applying for a fall internship (September-December), the due date for the application is May 5 (applications received after the May 5 due date will not be considered regardless of the post mark date). Interviews are conducted in May and early June.


To be considered, a completed application including the following must be submitted to the Department of Child Life at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics:

  1. Common Child Life Internship Application
    Application (PDF)
  2. Three reference letters, each accompanied by a Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Child Life Student Recommendation form completed by non-family members, in sealed envelopes. Recommendation Form (PDF)
  3. College transcript verifying a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. An official transcript will be required only upon the offer of an internship. Curriculum Recommendations (pdf)
  4. Official Child Life Council Coursework Review
  5. Official Child Life Verification Form (pdf) that demonstrates successful completion of one Child Life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialiast. View Child Life Course Requirements (pdf)
  6. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Please mail all items to:

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Child Life Department
Attn: Child Life Education and Resource Supervisor/Child Life Internship Coordinator
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108


An interview is required for internship selection. During the interview you will be given a tour of the hospital that will allow you to determine whether our facility and program will meet your needs. You may be contacted for an interview after your application, recommendations, transcript and coursework review are reviewed. If it is impossible to arrange a personal interview, one can be conducted over the telephone.


Individuals will be notified of their acceptance into the internship program on or before the date specified above. The Child Life Internship Program accepts both university affiliated and independent students. Male or female candidates may apply.

Housing Arrangements

Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the intern.


An up-to-date MMR or positive Rubella Titer, Hepatitis B series, Tdap vaccine (2005 or later) chicken pox vaccine, a current Tuberculin Skin Test, and flu vaccination must be provided upon acceptance into the program. All immunization documentation will need to be provided by the intern’s physician.


Liability insurance must be obtained by the Child Life intern. The internship coordinator can refer the Child Life intern to an appropriate agency.


No stipend is paid to the Child Life intern; however, a meal ticket is provided each day and parking is free of charge.


Child Life interns are required to complete 15 weeks of 40 hours per week, totaling a minimum of 600 hours.

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