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For Child Life Students

Child Life Internship at Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine offers spring, summer 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 560 hours, working 40 hours over a period of 14 weeks.

Internship Application Requirements:

  • Please download the 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 practicum MUST BE COMPLETED at the time of the interviews.
  • Transcripts must accompany your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted with your application, however, if granted an interview, an official transcript will need to be furnished.
  • Three letters of recommendation - one must be from a Certified Child Life Specialist who supervised you during your practicum.
  • We DO accept non-affiliated (independent) students. You do not need to be affiliated with a university.
  • We do all interviews via phone. You will not be asked to travel for an interview.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring - September 5th
  • Summer - January 5th
  • Fall - May 5th

For more information regarding our internship program, please call (402)559-6775 or email, dwagers@nebraskamed.com.

Does Nebraska Medicine 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

  • Spring - September 5th
  • Summer - January 5th
  • Fall - May 5th

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