A child life specialist is a trained professional who helps children and their families understand and manage challenging life events and stressful health care experiences. Child life specialists hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, human development, psychology, child life and other related fields. They must pass an exam to obtain child life specialist certification. Child life specialists also help with communication between patients and families and the medical staff.Norton Children’s child life specialists are part of the health care team at Norton Children’s Hospital, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center. They can help families in the following ways:
About Our Child Life Internship Program
Child life specialists at Norton Children’s Hospital, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center offer a 640-hour child life internship experience. Internships begin in January and August and accept up to two candidates at a time. All interns complete two rotations at Norton Children’s Hospital and the remaining rotation at either Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital or Norton Children’s Medical Center.
Students may apply by reviewing the internship prerequisites below and submitting an internship readiness common application online to ChildLifeIntern@nortonhealthcare.org. Interns need only submit one application for consideration for all sites.
Norton Children’s prioritized the ACLP’s knowledge, skills and abilities as the following:
Possible rotation experiences
Association of Child Life Professionals application deadlines (Check ChildLife.org for specific dates):
Fall semester (August to December)
Spring semester (January to May)
To be considered for an internship with Norton Children’s Hospital, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center, all students must meet the prerequisites and submit the following documents:
Students also may be asked to submit additional information if selected for an interview.
For questions, contact Heather Stohr, M.S., CCLS, manager of child life and expressive therapies, at ChildLifeIintern@nortonhealthcare.org.