Child Life Internship

The Child Life Department at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital offers a 15-week (600 hours) child life internship. Selected students will be supervised by experienced, Certified Child Life Specialists. The intern program schedule consists of a one-week orientation, two 6-week rotations, and one week in an alternate clinical setting at the end of the internship experience. The intern’s schedule is dependent on the area served and may include evenings and weekends.

Interns will have the opportunity to serve in two areas. These areas may include:

  • Acute Care Inpatient Units
  • Cardiac Care Unit
  • Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit & Clinic
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Inpatient Surgery
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Pediatric Procedure Areas
  • Emergency Department
  • Radiology

Education/Experience Prerequisites

  • Masters level students in a child life graduate program or related field of study.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program.
  • Transcripts should reflect significant coursework related to the field of child life, child development, and the care of infants, children, youth and families.
  • A minimum of three (3) courses in infant, child, and adolescent development (with a grade of B or higher) are required. Greater than 3 development courses are preferred.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 overall and 3.0 to 4.0 in the major field of study.
  • 100+ hours of volunteer or practicum experience in a child life program under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. These hours must be completed prior to applying.
  • Documentation of additional work or volunteer experience with non-hospitalized/well infants, children, youth and/or families.

Application & Deadlines

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital follows the Association of Child Life Professionals’ application deadlines and process, including acceptance and offer procedures. We typically offer Fall and Spring placements, but do not offer a summer internship program. All notifications and communications are conducted through email. Applications must be emailed by the ACLP deadline date or it will not be considered.

Updated: We are next accepting applications for Spring 2023 (not accepting Fall 2022 applications)

Please see the following submission instructions:

  • Students must send one (1) email to with all applications documents attached (other than references) in PDF format:
    • ACLP Common Application (all components)
    • Resume
    • Transcripts reflecting pre-requisite courses (above)
      • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for applications; Official transcripts may be requested for applicants reaching interview stage.
  • Three (3) references are required. References must provide a letter along with the ACLP Common Recommendation Form.
    • Reference letters and ACLP reference forms must be sent/scanned to from each recommender’s email address.
    • The email subject line for both the applicant and references must be formatted as follows: “Student First and Last Name- School” (ex: Jane Doe-USA University)
  • If you would like delivery confirmation for any emailed items, please send the above items emails with a delivery receipt. Due to application volume we are unable to manually confirm receipt of items or answer individual questions/feedback requests.
  • Applicants will be individually notified if selected to participate in the interview process.