CoxHealth accepts one Child Life intern three times per year: spring, summer and fall semesters.
The internship is a full-time, 600-hour program that has been accredited through September 30, 2022 by the ACLP. If additional hours are required, special arrangements can be made. Interns may be required to work around or on a holiday. Evening and weekend shifts will also be included in the experience.
The internship curriculum incorporates Child Life programming and strategies to address current health care issues. Students are given opportunities to build independent, professional assessment and intervention skills with patients of diverse ages and varying diagnoses.
The internship includes two set rotations, six weeks each (12 weeks total), with an emphasis in Pediatrics/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Surgery and Pediatrics/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Emergency Department. Three additional weeks of experience are offered in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Adult Intensive Care Unit for coverage of visitation and bereavement consults, Pediatric Urgent Care, pediatric sedation in Radiology, injury prevention and other areas of the hospital caring for children. This child life internship follows all ACLP guidelines, learning modules, assignments and recommendations.
Students will also have opportunities to be involved in community activities and organizations including Safe Kids Coalition, First Steps, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Ronald McDonald House and Lost & Found Grief Center. Our specialists are also certified child passenger safety technicians and provide assistance with car seat installations/checks, and interns will be able to observe these activities as well.
As we are a community hospital with a Pediatric unit, Child Life covers many areas throughout the hospital system. Interns are scheduled on a variety of shifts (6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) and will provide services alongside the CCLS wherever consults are received. There are also times interns are scheduled to attend community events, meetings and shadowing in other hospital areas that care for children.