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Child Life Internship

The Child Life Department at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island offers a comprehensive internship training program, accredited by the Association of Child Life Professionals and is offered two times a year. This 16-week internship features experimental learning, and participating students can expect to gain knowledge in core child life competencies. Interns are involved in the planning and implementation of developmentally and emotionally supportive programming for infants, children, and adolescents. Students are expected to incorporate play, emotional support, healthcare education, and family involvement in order to enhance the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being of children and families in the healthcare setting.

Scheduling Options

Two scheduling options are available for interns:

Winter-Spring Session
Fall Session

40 hours per week for 16 weeks.

A total of 600 hours.

40 hours per week for 16 weeks.

A total of 600 hours.

Some clinical rotations may include evening and weekend hours to best meet patient and family care needs. Hours are not to exceed 40 hours per week. Interns are not expected to work on hospital holidays. Anticipated time off must be approved before the start of your internship. Any additional requests for time off should be submitted in writing to your supervisor 2 weeks prior to the requested time. All time beyond 2 sick days must be made up in order to complete internship hour requirements. The child life internship is unpaid.

Admission Requirements

  • Interns must have completed all necessary coursework determined by Association of Child Life Professionals to obtain a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life, Child Development or related fields.
  • Interns must have a minimum of 100 hours experience with children and families in non-healthcare settings (i.e. daycare, school environment, camp, development center).
  • Interns must have a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork or volunteer experience in a Child Life Program under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist
  • It is preferred that Interns be affiliated with a university during their internship.


If you meet all of the above requirements, please complete the Common Child Life internship Application, and be sure to include a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation.

Required of Accepted Interns

  • If affiliated with a school a contract between the hospital and school must be negotiated prior to the start of the internship.
  • If not affiliated the intern will provide either their own insurance, or the Project Volunteer Release form.
  • Students must participate in a health screening through our Employee Health Department.

Send Applications to

The Child Life Department
ATTN: Internship Coordinator / Theresa Leonis 5 North Pediatrics
NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

After review of complete applications, applicants may be contacted for an interview. Selection of interns is based on college major, high level of academic achievement, letters of recommendations, written and verbal communication skills, strong personal qualities appropriate when working with children, families, staff and supervisors and strong knowledge of child development and child life.

Internship Schedule and Deadlines

Learn more about application deadlines and internship schedules.

Contact Us

For any questions, contact: Theresa Leonis.