Child Life Department

Student Opportunities

In 1954, Texas Children’s was founded to serve all children – regardless of their race, religion, creed or ability to pay. Jim Abercrombie and Leopold Meyer set this clear intention as the guiding principle of Texas Children’s, and we have lived by those principles each and every day. At our core, we are an inclusive organization that prides itself on welcoming everyone – patients, families, providers, and staff. We recognize our diversity and that our cultures, religions, races, genders, and other dimensions of diversity woven together is what creates our One Amazing Team. 

The Texas Children’s Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reinforce diversity, equity, and inclusion as core components of who we are. We will continue to build on and sustain an infrastructure that drives meaningful action. This action encourages continuous dialogue and makes Texas Children’s a great place to work and learn, a place where patients and their families receive exceptional care, and a place that is a beacon in our community.

Students interested in any of the below experiences must have the ability to pass a mandatory health screen and background check according to Texas Children’s Hospital policy, including the COVID booster vaccination.

Students looking to learn more about the child life profession should check through the Southern Association of Child Life Professionals (previously Texas Association of Child Life Professionals) at www.taclp.org for information about a virtual Child Life Workshop. We are currently not accepting any shadow students.

For more information regarding shadows and learning opportunities apart from practicum and internship, please email childlife@texaschildrens.org.

A child life practicum is a pre-internship experience open to individuals interested in pursuing a child life internship.

We use a SACLP Practicum Common Application. Please review our program description and requirements in the document provided prior to submitting your application.

For more information or to have your questions answered, please email: childlifepracticum@texaschildrens.org

Our child life internship is an opportunity for last semester college seniors, graduates or graduate students to refine advanced clinical skills. We accept the ACLP Internship Readiness Common Application. Please review our program description and requirements in the document provided prior to submitting your application.

For more information or to have your questions answered, please call 832-826-1650 or email childlifeinternship@texaschildrens.org.

For additional general information about practicums, internships, certification, and the child life profession, please visit the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) website.

Texas Children’s Hospital offers two music therapy internship opportunities each calendar year. Based on the date of submission, each internship will focus on a specific sub-specialty as well as various group opportunities throughout the hospital. Please inquire with the internship director regarding the primary location of upcoming internship rotations.

Each intern will have the opportunity to observe and provide services to other hospital units through intern projects, ongoing pilot projects and research programs.

In order to be considered for this internship, interns must adhere to AMTA Association Internship Approval Committee regulations, must have acquired all competency-based prerequisites for internship (including both coursework completion and clinical experience) required by both the AMTA approved college/university and the internship program, and demonstrate the following skills as part of the interview/consideration process:

  • Play piano and guitar while singing in tune
  • Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to accept feedback
  • Demonstrated interest and an understanding of the pediatric population through course work and/or self-initiated reading and study
  • Collaborate effectively with other disciplines

Music Therapy Internship Fact Sheet and Application

The Texas Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Internship program consists of services across our large campus.  Our dynamic internship requires a strong clinical skillset, professionalism and certain physical demands.  Please be sure review the general physical requirements within our internship application.

For those who are interested in becoming a music therapist, learning more about the field, or learning about the program at Texas Children’s Hospital. This educational evening will provide an overview of music therapy as an allied health field, pathways into the profession, and information about the program here at TCH as well as how to shadow a TCH music therapist.

Music Therapy 101 attendance is a prerequisite to shadowing the music therapists at TCH for anyone not currently enrolled in a music therapy degree program.

To receive more information about Music Therapy 101 and to RSVP for upcoming dates, please email musictherapy@texaschildrens.org.