Child Life Student Practicum

Contact: Regina Lozito-Yorton, MSEd, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Student Placement Coordinator

Phone: 315 464-7506

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. All 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. Practicum students must complete 10-12 hours per week for a minimum of 120 total hours.

Application Information

Training Dates
Application Deadline
January November 1
May/June March 20
SeptemberApril 15

Please submit the application along with your resume and cover letter.


Applications should be sent to:

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
Child Life Program
750 E. 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.