Internship - Child Life Services

Child Life Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's Child Life Internship Program. At this time, we are accepting applications for Fall and Spring Internships. We do not host a Summer Internship. We choose one candidate for each semester/quarter.

*Note: despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we still plan to host Child Life Internships. Start date and end date will be subject to change depending on safety adjustments that may be required.

About our Internship Program

Our Child Life team provides a robust 600-hour, non-paid internship, utilizing curriculum provided by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Throughout the internship, Child Life Interns will rotate through the following units, as staff are available: Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Surgery, Radiology, Emergency Department, Hematology/Oncology and Outpatient clinics. Our goal is to support interns in mastering the foundational skills of becoming a Certified Child Life Specialists. Through clinical experience and in-depth supervision and reflection, our students will put theory into practice in order to be job-ready by the end of their required hours.

Please refer to the ACLP’s website for internship application deadlines and acceptance dates as we are consistent with the Association’s recommendations.

Requirements for Application

  • Must be in the final semester of completing a Bachelor's degree or enrolled in a Master's program.
  • Must be affiliated with a university.
  • Internship dependent upon signed MultiCare/University contract agreement.
  • Must have a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer experience in a pediatric hospital or outpatient setting. Child life practicum CAN count towards the minimum volunteer requirements.
  • Completed child life practicum experience is preferred by the start of the internship.
  • Encouraged to have experience working with children in non-health care setting (such as daycare, school environment, camps and so on).

Application and Interview Process

Our application has moved to an online submission portal. Please upload the following:

  • Completed Common Child Life Internship application with all required materials included (please see application to review checklist)
  • A cover letter
  • Unofficial college/university transcripts. Official transcripts may be requested.
  • The ACLP Common Recommendation Form, filled out by a Certified Child Life Specialist, will be accepted in place of letters of recommendation. Please include a minimum of ONE Common Recommendation Form.
  • Additional strong recommendation letters can be included as desired. Please remember that the goal with these letters is to learn more about the candidate, not simply including a letter that states the number of hours volunteered and tasks/duties completed.

Submit Your Application

Interviews are held over video conferencing. In-person interviews are not required.

While online submissions are preferred, we will still accept hard copies of internship applications for the time being. These paper applications can be mailed to:

Kristen Bishop, MS, CCLS
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
MS 311-1-OC
311 South L Street
Tacoma, Wa 98405

If you have any questions regarding the application or internship, please contact Kristen at 253-403-5335 or email [email protected]

Link to the Association for Child Life Professional’s Common Child Life Internship Application and Checklist