Child Life Practicum

Thank you for your interest in our child life practicum at Parkview Health. We know being a student navigating the child life journey it can be a stressful, challenging, and fearful time. Our child life team strives to make this journey the best it can be for our students. Our goal is to provide them with a wonderful experience each and every semester.

We have decided to postpone our program until further notice. Please stay tuned as we are growing our department. If you have any questions, contact the Child Life team at

The Child Life Team at Parkview Health is pleased to offer a Child Life Practicum opportunity for each of the three semesters annually (Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall). The practicum is 120 hours and encompasses an intensive job shadow. The Child Life Team provides practicum students with the opportunity to develop and enhance their professional skills through onsite learning, primarily in the emergency department, pediatric inpatient unit, and pediatric intensive care unit. Occasionally, opportunities arise for students to observe Child Life providing services in other areas of the hospital such as our adult and outpatient units.

Students utilize observational opportunities with patients and their families to help them attain the skills needed to provide appropriate programming for children of all age groups, cultures, and medical needs. All practicum students are supervised under the direction of a Certified Child Life Specialist. We do accept students with or without a college affiliation.

Applicants must meet specific criteria to be considered for our practicum program. Please see our application for more details. Our application deadlines and offer dates follow the ACLP internship application deadlines. Please refer to the ACLP website for these dates.

Interested in Applying?

Please complete the Child Life Practicum Application and review the application criteria.

Forms will be collected by designated Parkview representatives. All applications will be reviewed by the Child Life Team and candidates will be contacted directly with further instruction.

Contact the Student Services Department

For questions or further assistance, please contact the Child Life team at

Completed forms can be emailed in PDF format to