Children's Hospital Colorado

Child Life Internships at Children's Hospital Colorado

If you are interested in the field of Child Life, please join us for a special educational session: Child Life 101 (.docx). (Click this link for RSVP information)

Note: This page has been updated in late 2018 in support of the 2019 requirements. Please be mindful of new information.

All applicants must be enrolled in a college/university/academic program and receiving credit hours for the internship. This is due to a Colorado state law that states that workman's compensation must be provided by a university and not by the hospital or student, and therefore is not open to negotiation. We appreciate you not reaching out to negotiate this requirement. You are welcome to investigate programs that will provide affiliation on your own.

A contract between the hospital and school will need to be negotiated prior to the start of an internship. School must supply worker's compensation and general liability insurance for student activities and education. Student or school must provide proof of professional liability insurance.

Children's Hospital Colorado is proud to be an accredited internship program through the Association of Child Life Professionals and adheres to all standards and requirements of accredited programs.

As professionals responsible for training and advancing candidates into the field of Child Life, we want to select students who are most motivated and committed to this profession. Specifically, we are looking for interns who are educationally well prepared to work with pediatric patients and their families. Meeting the course requirements of the ACLP is a minimum, and the more courses and experiences you have, the better prepared you will be. Additionally, we give strong preference to applicants who have significant experience working with children in a healthcare setting.

While completing internships at Children's Colorado, child life students are able to take advantage of a variety of amenities. These include free parking, employee discounts at the hospital cafeteria, shared office space including computer and email access, free continuing education opportunities and concierge services. Child life interns also have access to Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Library, Family Resource Center and to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Medical Library.

Description of Internship Program

Spring Internship (January - May)

  • Applications must be postmarked by September 5
  • Applicants will be notified of internship offer by the second Tuesday of October
  • Internship will begin on a Monday in January

Fall Internship (August - December)

  • Applications must be postmarked by March 15
  • Applicants will be notified of internship offer by the first Tuesday in May
  • Internship will begin on a Monday in August


Child Life Intern Applicants: Complete the CLCs Common Child Life Internship Application

All interns must provide the following information with their application:

  • An unofficial transcript from each university/college you have attended (an official transcript will be required if offered an internship position)
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A total of 3 letters of recommendation:
    • One letter must be from the academic advisor for the program that will be providing your affiliation. Even if this person does not know you, we need a letter that states: "As the academic advisor, I have received information on the contract from this applicant and am willing to advocate for university support to reach agreement on the contract." We also need them to acknowledge that they will be providing affiliation.
    • One letter of recommendation from a college/university professor
    • One letter of recommendation from an individual (other than relatives or friends) familiar with your work with children/families.
  • Provide one copy of your current ACLP Eligibility Assessment with your application.
  • ACLP Practicum verification. Beginning in 2019, Children's Colorado will require all internship applicants to have completed a practicum. Although this is not required by the ACLP we feel strongly that students who have not completed a practicum prior to their internship experience are not successful in our program.
  • Provide ACLP course in progress forms for any courses not completed with the most recent Eligibility Assessment Evaluation Report. The assessment should be updated as recently as possible.

Note: Applications will not be returned.

Only completed application packets will be reviewed. Please do not send your packet in different pieces; complete all parts before sending. Submit your packet to:

Attn: Tommi McHugh, MA, CCLS
Children's Hospital Colorado
Child Life Department
13123 East 16th Avenue
Box B220
Aurora, CO 80045

Before arriving for internship

  • Pre-internship Reading Requirements (.doc)
    • Please note that there are requirements that must be completed at least one week prior to your internship. Before applying, please review these expectations and decide if you can successfully complete them.
  • Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
  • Health Guidelines of Children’s Hospital Colorado:
    • Immunization records must contain proof of the following:
      1. Documentation of two MMR vaccines or laboratory evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella.
      2. Documentation of two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines or laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella–History of disease is NOT acceptable.
      3. Documentation of Tdap vaccination.
      4. Two PPD tests within the last 12 months; or 2 PPD tests within the current year.
      5. Documentation of completed Hepatitis B series (3 vaccinations). If individual has declined the Hepatitis B immunization series, please have proof of a signed declination statement available upon request.
      6. Influenza vaccination annually.
    • A current medical record for the intern which provides information related to any chronic health condition(s) at the time of the clinical rotation must be on file and available at the academic institution sponsoring the intern.
  • Hospital/University contract signed at least 2 weeks prior to start date

Contact information

If you need further information, please feel free to contact:

Child Life Student Experience Inquiries