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Child Life Student Opportunities

Contact: Gina Lozito-Yorton, MSEd, CCLS
Child Life Manager

Phone: 315 464-7547
Email: lozitor@upstate.edu

Rachel Hannon, BS, CCLS
Student Placement Coordinator

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

At this time we are not offering:

  • Child Life Practicum during Summer 2019
  • Child Life Internship during Fall 2019

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.

More information & application

Qualifications

Practicum students must have completed core curriculum, including child development course work, and must have demonstrated successful experiences with children. Child Life students must have taken Intro to Child Life course and completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work within a Child Life program. This type of training is highly recommended for those students considering a career a child life specialist. Practicum students must complete 10 hours per week for a minimum of 100 total hours.
  • Applications should be sent to:
    Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
    Child Life Student Program
    750 East Adams Street
    Syracuse, NY 13210

Application for practicum training requires submission of a completed application as well as an 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. Should you have any further questions, please contact the Child Life Program.

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
  • Student or work experience with children in group settings
  • Experience working with children and Child Life in an established Child Life Practicum, minimum of 100 hours
  • Knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization
  • Student must be enrolled in an academic program; we do not accept independent students
  • Applications should be sent to:
    Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
    Child Life Student Program
    750 East Adams Street
    Syracuse, NY 13210

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. should you have any questions, please contact the Child Life Program.

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