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Students & Volunteers for Child Life

If you are interested in volunteering with Child Life or helping with a special service project for our patients, please call 920-433-8641 to discuss these opportunities.

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Internships

For students, an invaluable experience to prepare for life after college.

Practicum

Child Life offers this opportunity for furthered education.

Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities fill up quickly. If you are interested in volunteering with Child Life or helping with a special service project for our patients, please call 920-433-8641 to discuss these opportunities.

Internships

Child Life offers an unpaid, 16-week internship during summer, fall and spring. We accept up to two interns per semester. 

At this time, we are only accepting school-affiliated students. Qualified students will have:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Current CPR certification (by the start of the internship)
  • A minimum of 150 hours of volunteer work with sick or at-risk kids
  • A practicum is highly recommended

To apply, submit a completed application to: 

childlifeinternshipapplication@hshs.org

Please include the following in your application packet:

  • A completed Association of Child Life Professionals Internship Readiness Common Application Form
  • A completed, 500-word typed essay on why you want to go into the child life field
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Internship acceptance is contingent upon sending a completed eligibility assessment (if not already submitted in application) prior to internship start date showing that the student has completed all courses required by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

We follow the Association of Child Life Professionals application deadlines and offer dates. Please call 920-433-8641 or email childlife@hshs.org if you have any questions. 

Practicum

There may be an opportunity for you to complete a practicum during winter break. This includes a minimum of 100 hours.  Winter practicum consists of 3 weeks during winter break (December-January) with approximately 40 hours per week with a total of about 100 hours. The practicum experience follows the standards recommended by the ACLP and is designated for students pursuing a career as a child life specialist.

At this time, we are only accepting school-affiliated students. Qualified students will have:

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate and graduate schools

Be enrolled in a child life program or have taken a minimum of 5 college level courses related to child life/child development upon start of practicum

To apply, you must submit the following by May 1:

  • Completed practicum application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • All unofficial university transcripts- please highlight your college-level courses that relate to child life/child development

Submissions can be sent to childlife@hshs.org.

If chosen, we will be in contact to schedule an interview. Interview candidates will be selected by the end of the second week of May. If you have questions, please contact Child Life at 920-433-8641.

Volunteer

Child Life volunteers at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Child Life Department are utilized in number of important ways such as providing play for patients, breaks for parents, restocking items, organizing and sanitizing toys and additional programming support. 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be in the process of pursuing the field of child life. 
  • Volunteer candidates must be able to provide a 50-hour commitment. 
  • Volunteer candidates are required to commit to a 2-4 hour volunteer shift once per week (this can vary)

Volunteer Onboarding Schedule

Child Life volunteer candidates are selected on a seasonal basis.  Our volunteer onboarding schedule:  


Fall Volunteer (September – December):

Email your interest to childlife@hshs.org by July 15th.  Selection will be made by August 1st.  

No Summer Volunteer spots available 

Spring Volunteer (January – May):

Email your interest to childlife@hshs.org by November 15. Selection will be made by December 1st.   

Once you have emailed your interest, our volunteer coordinator will contact you for a virtual interview. 

If selected as a volunteer, please visit “Application Process” at  https://www.hshs.org/StVincent/Volunteer  (hyperlink)

Please contact childlife@hshs.org  for any questions.