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Child Life Practicum

Child Life Practicum (Summer Semester Only) Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital (SHCH) Child Life Department offers a practicum opportunity for students actively pursuing a career as a child life specialist. Practicum students are required to either currently be enrolled in their junior/senior year or have graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child Health, Education, or a related field.

The Child Life practicum is 10-weeks (180 hours) in length and offers opportunities to gain experience in our 21-bed School-age/Adolescent Unit, 20-bed Infant/Toddler Unit, 10-bed PICU, as well as our Outpatient Infusion Center. Patients typically range in age from 0-18 years old and consist of a variety of diagnosis both acute and chronic conditions. The practicum experience at SHCH aims to provide the student with the needed knowledge to be adequately prepared for acceptance to a child life internship.

Child Life Practicum Deadline

Summer       February 5th

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA overall / 3.0 GPA in major
  • Major in Child Life, Child Development, Child Health, Education, or related field
  • 50 hours experience working with infants, children, youth, and/or families
  • Completion of relevant coursework– minimum of 5 courses before start of practicum
    • Child Development, Adolescent Development, Family Dynamics, etc.
    • Play Theory, Hospitalized Child, Death and Dying, etc.
    • Child Life course taught by CCLS recommended - can be in progress
  • Minimum of 1 course in child development with a “B” or higher

Application Packet

  • Practicum Application
  • College/University Transcripts – unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Resume
  • 2 Reference Letters – on business letterhead with signature in sealed envelope

Additional Requirements

If accepted, students will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to start of internship such as:

  • CPR Certification
  • Criminal Background Screening
  • Drug Screening
  • Liability Insurance (non-affiliated students)

Please submit completed application packet on or before the deadline to:
Child Life Department
Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
5151 N. Ninth Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504

Incomplete application packets will not be considered


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