Child Life Student Opportunities

Contact: Regina Lozito-Yorton, MSEd, CCLS
Student Placement Coordinator

Phone: 315 464-7506
Email: lozitor@upstate.edu

Rachel Hannon, BS,CCLS
Student Placement Coordinator

Phone: 315-464-7587
Email: hannonr@upstate.edu

Opportunities for students enrolled in Child Life programs include:

Child Life Practicum

This entry-level training, offered three times a year, is intended to introduce the undergraduate student to child life as well as the variety of experiences facing children and adolescents in a healthcare setting. A certified child life specialist (CCLS) will supervise the student as he or she participates in individual and group activities with children and families.

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Qualifications

Practicum students must have completed core curriculum, including child development course work, and must have demonstrated successful experiences with children. Non-traditional Child Life students must have taken the Intro to Child Life course. Volunteer work within a child life program under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist is recommended but not mandatory. This type of training is highly recommended for those students who are considering a career as a child life specialist. Practicum students must complete 10-12 hours per week for a minimum of 120 total hours.

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Child Life Program

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our child life practicum. Three times a year we offer entry-level training in the Child Life Program. The training is intended to introduce the undergraduate student to child life as well as the variety of experiences facing children and adolescents in a healthcare setting. A certified child life specialist (CCLS) will supervise the student as he or she participates in individual and group activities with children and families. Practicum students must have completed core curriculum, including child development course work, and must have demonstrated successful experiences with children.

Non-traditional Child Life students must have taken the Intro to Child Life course or completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work within a Child Life Program. This type of training is highly recommended for those students who are considering a career as a child life specialist. Practicum students must complete10-12 hours per week for a minimum of 120 total hours.

Application Information

Training Dates Application Deadline
January November 1
May/June March 20
September April 15
  • Please submit the application along with your resume and cover letter.

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  • Applications should be sent to:
    Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
    Child Life Program
    750 East Adams Street
    Syracuse, NY 13210

Application for practicum training requires submission of a completed application as well as an on-site interview. Application is not a guarantee of acceptance. Due to the expectation that we provide students with quality supervision and education during placement, a limited number of students are accepted per semester.

Internship Accredited by ACLP since 2017
Child Life Internship

Twice a year, for 15 weeks, our Child Life Program offers comprehensive internship training to qualified students currently enrolled in an academic program in Child Life or a related field. These are full time 40 hours a week training positions with sessions beginning in January, and September.

More information & application

Qualifications

To be an eligible candidate, you must possess:

  • Core curriculum classes in child life or related field
  • Student or work experience with children in group settings
  • Experience working with children in an established child life program in a health care setting (minimum of 100 hour Child Life Practicum)
  • Non-traditional Child Life students must have coursework verified by Child Life Council
  • Knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization

Application Information

*Please refer to the ACLP website for specific dates:

Internship Session Application Deadline Initial Offer Date Acceptance Date
Winter/Spring September* 2nd Tuesday of October 2nd Wednesday of October
Fall March* 2nd Tuesday of May 2nd Wednesday of May

Child Life Internship Application

Dear Applicant, Thank you for your interest in our ACLP accredited internship-training program. Twice a year, for 15 weeks, our Child Life Program offers comprehensive internship training to qualified students currently enrolled in an academic program in Child Life or a related field. These are full time training positions with sessions beginning in January, and September. We do Not accept independent students. To be an eligible candidate, you must possess:

  • Core curriculum classes in child life or related field
  • Student or work experience with children in group settings
  • Experience working with children in an established child life program in a health care setting (minimum of 100 hour Child Life Practicum)
  • Non-traditional Child Life students must have course work verified by Child Life Council
  • Knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization
  • Students must be enrolled in an academic program; we do NOT accept independent students.

Application submission deadlines are as follows:

  • Please submit the application, a minimum of 3 professional references and a copy of transcripts along with your resume and cover letter.

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  • Applications should be sent to:
    Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
    Child Life Program
    750 East Adams Street
    Syracuse, NY 13210
Training Dates Application Deadlines
January (Winter/Spring) September
September (Fall) May

 

Gina Lozito-Yorton, MSEd, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Student Internship Coordinator
315-464-7506

Rachel Hannon, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Student Internship Coordinator
315-464-7587

Applicants will be interviewed in person. No phone interviews will occur. Application is not a guarantee of acceptance. Due to the expectation that we provide students with quality supervision and education during placement, a limited number of students are accepted per semester.

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