For college students: Child Life internship or practicum

Child Life for Students

Child Life Internship at Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Medicine offers spring and fall internships. The program provides students opportunities for the following experiences: planning and implementing recreational, therapeutic and educational activities for patients in the playroom and at bedside; preparing patients for medical procedures, and providing support during procedures; attending multidisciplinary meetings, supervising volunteers and learning to identify the role of various multidisciplinary team members. Students will also have the opportunity to accompany child life staff on adult consults, to assist children of adult patients.

Because our care at Nebraska Medicine is so specialized, our patient population is largely comprised of solid organ transplant (including liver, small bowel, pancreas & kidney), bone marrow transplant, hematology/oncology, cystic fibrosis, burn, and trauma patients. In addition to our inpatient child life coverage, students will also do a rotation with our outpatient hematology/oncology child life specialist.

During the internship, students will do rotations with each of five certified child life specialists learning about different psychosocial needs of the different age groups, complete a series of modules on a variety of topics such as: preparation, distraction, bereavement, cultural diversity, solid organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, and early preschool education, as well as being exposed to referrals from adult units for interventions with children of adult patients. Upon completion of the internship, students will have completed 600 hours, working 40 hours over a period of 15 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be offering a Fall 2021 internship

We offer fall and winter/spring internships only. Summer internships are not offered.

Internship application requirements:

  • Please use the ACLP's Common Child Life Internship application below
  • ALL applicants must have completed a 100-hour (minimum) child life practicum, under the supervision of a certified child life specialist. The student must have completed at least half of the required hours at the time of the interview.
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted with your application, however, if granted an interview, an official transcript will need to be furnished.
  • All candidates must have COMPLETED the required minimum of one child life class taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist prior to interview.
  • THREE letters of recommendation - one must be from a Certified Child Life Specialist who supervised you during your practicum.
  • All applications must include a copy of your Association of Child Life Professionals Eligibility Assessment.
  • All applications should include a cover letter.
  • We DO accept unaffiliated (independent) students, which means you do NOT have to be enrolled in a university as a student during your internship.
  • We do all interviews via Zoom. You will not be asked to travel for an interview.
  • We do not offer financial assistance with housing during your internship.
  • We do accept the following ACLP forms that are included in the Child Life with your application:
    • Confirmation of Child Life Course In-Progress
    • Confirmation of Child Life In-Progress: Additional Required Courses
    • Confirmation of Child Life Practicum In-Progress
    • Verification of Child Life Practicum Experience Hours
    • Verification of Related Experience Hours

Application deadlines for spring, summer and fall

We follow the ACLP's application deadlines. 

For more information regarding our internship program, please call (402)559-6775 or email, 

Child Life Internship Application

Please print application and mail to:
Child Life Department - Internship
982030 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-2080

Does the Nebraska Medical Center offer a Child Life practicum?

Yes. We offer practicum experiences to help prepare students for child life internships. The practicum is designed to help students.

  • Become comfortable in a hospital environment
  • Become familiar with typical diagnosis/treatments encountered in this setting
  • Observe a wide range of Child Life Services and interventions provided to patients and their families
  • Engage hospitalized children in play
  • Become an educated observer of hospitalized children’s play
  • Gain a greater understanding of the Child Life profession

Application deadlines for spring, summer and fall

We follow the ACLP's internship application deadlines. 

Keep the following criteria in mind when completing your application:

  • ACLP membership 
  • Hospital Volunteer Experience (ideally at least 40-60 hours) 
  • Class taught by Certified Child Life Specialist focusing on Child Life in Health Care Setting 
  • Child & Adolescent Developmental coursework 

For more information regarding our practicum program, please call (402)559-6775 or email,

Child Life Practicum Application


Please print application and additional pages as necessary and mail to:
Debbie Barrier, MS, CCLS
986845 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-2030