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Child Life Programs

Prior to sending us your application, please make sure we have a current affiliation agreement with your North Carolina-based academic program. We do NOT accept students affiliated with out-of-state or online programs. All applications need to be typed and cannot be hand written. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Our child life program emphasizes patient and family coping and adjustment to acute health needs. Most of the clinical placements will consist of a high volume of procedural preparation and support, coping skills interventions, and adjustment to medical conditions and the health care environment. While play is an intrinsic part of all that we do to normalize this experience for our patients, we rely heavily on volunteer support to facilitate play interactions. If you are seeking a play-based internship, please take this into consideration before applying.

Clinical supervision for students in the Child Life program is provided by a certified Child Life Specialist through the Child Life Certifying Committee.

Child Life Practicums

At this time, we are not accepting applications for Spring 2022 Practicum placements. Please check back at a later time for updates regarding Summer 2022 Practicum placements.

Child Life Internships

Instructions for Child Life Internship Applications:

We recommend that you review the ACLP Common Application Process Guide prior to submitting your application.

Please complete the Common Child Life Internship Application packet and mail all items to:

UNC Hospitals
Rehabilitation Therapies Department, Suite W1000
Attention Kristel Maes, Child Life Internship Application Enclosed
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Application packets must include the following items:

  • Completed and signed Common Child Life Internship Application
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé/CV
  • 3 professional reference letters, sealed and signed, with accompanying Internship Candidate Common Recommendation Forms (no more than 1 reference from an academic setting)
  • Completed Confirmation of Child Life Course In-Progress form if you have child life courses in progress at the time of application submission. Please note, all child life courses must be completed before the start of the internship.
  • ACLP Eligibility Assessment Report

Please make sure to send the entire application including reference letters in a single packet. Applications must be postmarked by ACLP deadlines.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Once you have mailed your application, please send an email to and cc your Internship Coordinator.

Please be advised, applications will be reviewed within one week of the submission deadline.

Following the review of applications, we will reach out to the selected candidates to schedule a phone interview prior to making a final decision regarding internship placement.

If you are selected to come on site for an interview, please be prepared to submit the following documents:

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Internship Application Deadline, Offer, Acceptance for 2021

Winter/Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall Internship

Application Deadline: September 7, 2021
Initial Offer Date: October 12, 2021
Acceptance Date: October 13, 2021
2nd Offer Date: October 14, 2021

Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
Initial Offer Date: February 8, 2022
Acceptance Date: February 9, 2022
2nd Offer Date: February 10, 2022

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
Initial Offer Date: May 3, 2022
Acceptance Date: May 4, 2022
2nd Offer Date: May 5, 2022

Information on Student Affiliations

Rehabilitation Therapies, Therapy Services Educators
Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
Amber Corbin, MA, CCC-SLP
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